Chelsea Davison, as herself, and as Lena–as Hannah (Photo courtesy of The Daily Beast)
Being a huge fan of the cable series Girls, and of Lena Dunham as of late, I was caught by surprise when Dunham herself tweeted this video expressing how funny she thought it was–This was a video of what was essentially the single most dead-on impression of Ms. Dunham I have seen to date (there are several parodies of Dunham’s Obama commercial on YouTube, but this is the clear winner by far), and add to this the gift of the holy blessing from Lena herself on Twitter, plus its initial viral spread on various sites, and it seems to spell internet success.
The lady portraying Lena Dunham is Chelsea Davison, who is a working artist of multiple skills (acting, writing, singing, stand-up comedy, etc.), and given that I truly loved this parody of one of my favorite people, I decided to ask her for an interview for The Glass.
CM: Love this video! What made you do this, and how often do you do impressions?
Chelsea: I haven’t really done a lot of impressions. Basically, I do stand-up and improv, but haven’t done as much sketch/character stuff. A friend of mine who is big into that was having a show at the People’s Improv Theater, and he invited me to be on the show. As part of that, you need sketches, you need characters and you also need impressions. So, I started working on some last week, trying to prep for Monday, and one that I really loved doing was Lena Dunham.
It wasn’t very good at first, but I watched a lot of Girls, and kind of practiced it, and thought it could be something really fun! I filmed it over the weekend, just because I thought it was kind of a funny thing, and one of my goals is, because I don’t usually do impressions, is to try to get them on film to do more of them in the future–Push myself as a comedian and an actress. So I filmed it more for myself than anyone else, and when I did it at the show, it got a really great response! So I figured “Hey! Might as well put it online and see what happens!”, and I sent it out to my friends in the comedy scene, and I guess from there it sort of spread, I don’t know how, but I think Mashable was the first one to pick it up, and I’m not sure how they saw it! Continue reading