My short bio: I am a comedic actress, singer and impressionist from Coral Springs, FL. I recently starred in the MTV docu-series, Todrick, alongside YouTube star Todrick Hall. I worked as Todrick's assistant for 3 years before landing MADtv. I also appeared on USA's First Impressions with Dana Carvey. I currently live in Los Angeles and am in the midst of production for the new MADtv.

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lannister8068 karma

Will you guys revive "Lowered Expectations"?

carliecraig29 karma


dammitcarl3341 karma

Are there any super hot black guy writers on the show?

carliecraig40 karma

Hi Carl

carliecraig18 karma

Thank you guys so much! I had a blast answering y'all's questions. Definitely make sure to tune into the show, these next couple episodes are killer and you will see some familiar faces :)

The all-new MADtv airs every Tuesday at 9/8c on The CW! Or you can watch full episodes and clips here:

To follow my journey here are my socials! insta/twitter @carliecraig snapchat @carliecraigtho

all the love homies! thanks again for the good times xo

Acidsparx18 karma

I was a big fan of the old show and preferred it over SNL (the only one outta my friends) What was the audition like for MADtv?

carliecraig13 karma

I went in to audition for producers at the end of April. I had to bring in three original characters and whatever impressions I had. I didn't have any original characters so I made those up the night before but brought in five of my impressions: Ariana Grande, Kristin Chenoweth, Emma Stone, Gwen Stefani and Britney Spears. After that initial session, casting brought us all in in groups to basically chemistry test and see how we worked together. I think I went in about four times before the actual network test for the CW. I found out I booked the gig two days after the test. The whole process took about a month and a half.

bjau756 karma

Was "Princess Polly" one of the original characters you made up?

carliecraig14 karma

Yes! Princess Polly is an original character I brought into the audition. She started as "The Party Princess Who Takes Her Job Too Seriously" and is based on girls I have worked alongside as a party princess. I have done probably 75-100 birthday parties on the side since I've lived in LA... I have worked many random gigs to survive in this city!

pighalf14 karma

Congrats on the mad tv gig! Is there a lot of pressure to be like the original mad tv or is the new version of the show going to be totally different?

carliecraig28 karma

The pressure is lifted because we have such incredible support from the original cast members of MADtv. They come back each week to guest star on episodes and they have all been nothing but delightful and welcoming. So far we've had Ike Barinholtz, Bobby Lee, Will Sasso, Nicole Sullvan, among others that I cannot reveal quite yet! The new version of this show is a nice blend of old and new.

Conchobair12 karma

What's that dog's name?

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Conchobair2 karma

Does he do any tricks?

carliecraig14 karma

not yet but I'm hoping he gets his shit together so I can get him into doggy show business and make millions

madrinks9 karma

Why aren't you Artie Lange?

carliecraig13 karma

I ask myself this question in the mirror every morning.

bjau759 karma

Will we see Ariana Grande or Iggy Azalea on MADtv soon?

carliecraig15 karma

you can look forward to Ariana for sure:

CehJota7 karma

I went to school with Taylor, cool to see you here. What was your "oh shit I've made it" moment?

carliecraig10 karma

My first live taping with MADtv was a very surreal experience... I guess I could relate it to how people describe their wedding day. It came and went very quickly.

It has always been my dream to work as an actor on a sketch show, so to be transformed into four or five different characters over the course of just a few hours and perform them in front of an audience was a whirlwind. It was all the hard work coming to a head in one night. I definitely felt very special and like I "made it" that night. I pinch myself everyday... this is my job!

shartoberfest5 karma

when did madtv come back?

carliecraig6 karma

The show premiered last Tuesday on July 26 and episode two aired last night!

Zodester5 karma

Have you ever done shots of wine?

carliecraig6 karma

guilty as charged

Mwil895 karma

How were you approached for the job? Do you write and pitch your own sketches for the show or how does that process work at Madtv

carliecraig9 karma

There is an open door policy with the writers on the show, so we can approach the show runner or writers at any time with ideas and concepts for sketches.

dammshite5 karma

How does one deal with narcissistic dickheads in show business?

carliecraig10 karma

Luckily, I haven't encountered too many, but it's definitely important to have a strong sense of self and stand by your beliefs in this business. As an actor, I have definitely faced people who want to "change" me to fit their mold. I have heard things like "you're not quirky enough", etc. Very important to stay grounded in who you are and what you believe is great.

NoFreakingIdea3 karma

Will classic characters (i.e. Ms Swan) be appearing?

carliecraig6 karma

We have filmed a couple of classic character sketches with original cast members, but I can't say! Ah!

NoFreakingIdea3 karma

Can you tell us about any other cast members?

carliecraig7 karma

Our cast is stacked with talent, they are great company to be in. All extraordinary in their own way. Here is a brief overview:

Chelsea Davison is a ginger angel on earth with all the writing skills and a killer Lena Dunham impression.

Lyric Lewis is currently in the Main Company at The Groundlings theatre in LA, incredible improvisor who truly holds her own next to the original cast members.

Michelle Ortiz is a latina firecracker who trained as an opera singer, homegirl's got vocal skills and is HILARIOUS.

Adam Ray is big bro. He's an incredibly successful stand-up comic around town and recently voiced Slimer in the new Ghostbusters.

Amir K is also a successful comic and can rock a man bun like nobody's business. His physicality when he performs cracks me up on the daily.

Piotr Michael is an impressionist and I'm convinced he is from another planet. He can impersonate nearly everyone, he's done loads of voices for The Howard Stern show for a few years now. Donald Trump, particularly.

Jeremy D. Howard is outrageous in the best way. He says whatever comes to his mind and is a truly fearless performer.

Again, honored to be working with these folks.

Cutwen22s2 karma

What's one of your favorite MADtv sketches?

carliecraig6 karma

I really loved the music video parodies, particularly Trapped in the Cupboard. I would watch them over and over in high school until I had them memorized.

Gartoe2 karma

What was your first acting job, and how did you get into the business?

carliecraig7 karma

My first acting job out of college where I was actually paid to act was a guest spot on TLC's "OMG... We Should Have Eloped". I broke into the business by working behind-the-scenes first. I started as a post-production PA at a reality TV company called Renegade83 (Naked and Afraid, Capture, First Impressions). After working there for 5 months or so, I met Todrick Hall and quit my job to assist him full-time.

Legeto2 karma

Would you shave your head for a heated pool to be built at your home?

carliecraig6 karma

Depends on how big the pool would be

man_mayo2 karma

How much competition is there between writers to get sketches in the show? In what ways is that beneficial or potentially damaging?

carliecraig5 karma

I am not a writer so I can't speak for them, but what I have gathered is that the environment is truly collaborative. Everyone works together to develop strong sketches.

coldize2 karma

I got into improv when I was in grad school.

Did you do improv ever? Have any good stories? Of any social group I've ever been a part of, improv has far and away the best people.

carliecraig4 karma

I am part of a Musical Improv team here in town called Musical! The Musical! We do fully improvised musicals based on an audience suggestion. It's a great group of talented pals. We have so much fun.

If you love improv, I definitely recommend checking out the new movie "Don't Think Twice". It's a really neat take on being part of an improv team and where your different paths can lead you.


After reading a few articles the ratings didn't seem in the show, or networks, favor. Are you guys doing more to promote the series? Are you skeptical at all how long it will last or confident it will pick up?

carliecraig2 karma

I am confident as the episodes air, people are going to slowly but surely fall in love with the new version of the show. Now that we have been bonding as a cast, the material is getting stronger and our chemistry is getting better. We were all essentially strangers before we began production so it's taking us time to find our groove. Also, the original cast members give us that extra boost of familiarity that I think will work in the shows favor as it continues to air.

jello19901 karma

Are there any plans for cameos of old cast members bringing back any of their characters? Ms. Swan, Coach Hines, etc.?

carliecraig2 karma

some have already been filmed! I am stoked for more episodes to air

thetownpotato1 karma

Cup size?

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IAmFern1 karma

I liked the original MAD TV and felt it had a good run. Do you feel any added pressure because this show once existed already?

carliecraig1 karma

I think what the new MADtv brings is super fresh. We all love the classics, but there is so much room to play now that social media is around and lots of change is happening with gender and race equality. It's a completely different era now and a lot has changed in the seven years that the show has been off the air.

dastweinerhund1 karma

Hey is the show going to be different now? I remember this show as a kid being a cast of minorities making fun of minorities. We would watch it before going out clubbing and we would laugh not at the jokes but at how heavy handed the skits were on race. It's like watching George Lopez do stand up but with actors as his back up mimes. I'm actually surprised it's back!

carliecraig2 karma

The cast is pretty diverse which is nice! There is a lot of room to mix and match and play. As we're getting more comfortable with one another as a cast, our material is getting edgier and more playful.

nanovinnie0 karma

Are you a brother of Daniel Craig?

carliecraig3 karma

caught me

cdotbruce0 karma

do you know chris bruce? he wishes you the best

carliecraig1 karma

doesn't ring a bell

carliecraig3 karma

jk hello wonderful Chris

Butta_Butta_Jam0 karma

I was in the studio audience for the first taping of the original MADtv. Will you say hey to everyone for me?

carliecraig2 karma

I will send my love! xo

RedBlimp0 karma

Is there a huge amount of pressure to live up to the old MADtv standards?

carliecraig2 karma

We all want to do the show proud, so of course there is a little pressure. But again, the original cast has been nothing but welcoming and warm to us newbies. We are having fun.

Effimero890 karma

Doritios cool ranch or nacho cheese flavored?

carliecraig1 karma

Cooler Ranch

Trumps_Wig-1 karma

Is your favorite color potato?

carliecraig1 karma

probably gold

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LizzeB428-2 karma

CARLIEEEE! I love your characters! How do you come up with such strong funny points of view for them?

carliecraig1 karma

Hi sweetheart. Thank you so much. I base my characters off of different voices I have done to make my friends laugh. A lot of the comedy comes from just rambling in a voice until I develop some sort of POV for them. i.e. The tone of Princess Polly's voice led to her point of view that the world is perfect and all rainbows and butterflies.

ClayTaylor-4 karma

If I come to LA, can I crash at your place?

carliecraig2 karma

I am homeless at the moment