THE SHOW CAN’T GO ON
In this 90-minute mockumentary, Orange County Crazies founder, Cherie Kerr, finds herself in the middle of the most stressful production of her 40-year comedy career…
Writer, Director, Star and Producer of 'The Show Can't Go On!'
Founding and performing member of the Los Angeles Groundlings (1972 – 1975) Cherie has produced, directed and performed in various alternate format shows and served on the Groundlings alumni committee intermittently (1983 to 2005). While Kerr continues to be an active alummus of the Groundlings, she founded the award-winning Orange County Crazies in 1990 and has enjoyed role as Artistic Director. She also founded Ree-invent Fills in 2011 and The Show Can’t Go On! marks her second film, which has received a number of awards.
Executive Producer / Writer / Director/Actor
Cherie Kerr, a founding member of the world-famous L.A. Groundlings, and founder of the Orange County Crazies sketch and improvisational troupe in Santa Ana, California, released her first film in May of 2013, “We’ve Got Balls,” a family-friendly comedy. Kerr just wrapped her third indie film, a 90-minute improvised comedy “Matricher Falls,” a sequel to “The Show Can’t Go On!” “MF,” is currently in post-production and set to be released early spring 2022.
The prequel to “MF,” “SCGO” was released in Fall of 2021 and walked away with 15 nominations and eight wins. It was accepted as an “Official Selection” in 13 of the 20 festivals it entered.
“The Show Can’t Go On!” won three awards from the Accolade International Film Festival in 2021, “Best Feature Film,” “Best Mockumentary,” and “Best Woman Filmmaker,” The quirky behind-the-scenes stage show debacle also earned her an “Award of Recognition,” from the IndieFEST International Film Festival, a “Best Comedy Spirit of Cinema” Award from SoCal International Film Festival and an “Outstanding Achievement in Directing” honor from The Most Important International Film Festival.” It also garnered top honors at AOF Megafest for “Best Comedy,” “Outstanding Cast Performance,” and “Best Director.”
Kerr’s first film, “We’ve Got Balls,” made its world debut at the 2013 Newport Beach International Film Festival. It went on to win 8 awards along the film festival circuit, including an Official Selection at the Action on Film and Movieville International Film Festivals, and the All Sports Los Angeles Film Festival. At AOF, Kerr took home awards for “Filmmaker of the Year,” “Best Comedy – Feature,” and “Outstanding Cast Performance.” The film also was first runner-up for the “WithoutABox.com Best In Show” award there. The film also won “Best Comedy” at the Movieville event in September 2013 and Balls won two additional awards “Audience Choice” and “Best Feature- Bronze” at the All Sports Los Angeles Film Festival in November 2013. During Indie Fest 2013, the film earned the “Award of Excellence” for a feature film and in 2014 the 47th WorldFest-Houston International Film & Video Festival racked up an eighth honor for the film, “Silver Remi” for best trailer.
Kerr has won numerous accolades and rave reviews for her work over the years as producer/writer/director/actress and has now parlayed her expertise and creativity into the genre of film. Having produced a number of comedy shorts for the
O.C. Crazies over the past 30 years, Kerr founded Ree-invent Films in 2011 for the purpose of furthering her career interests and expanding her efforts from comedy shorts to full-length feature films. Kerr, named one of the “Top Ten Most Sensational People in Orange County” by Orange Coast magazine, has also been highly lauded for her work as a comedy writer/director, having garnered “Best Sketch of the Year” from the Los Angeles Times for her quirky sketch, “Too Much Shoulder Pad.” She was also honored in October 2019 by Arts OC for the Helena Modjeska Cultural Legacy Award for Lifetime Achievements in Comedy.
Kerr has also won awards for her work as a lyricist, publicist, journalist, and author.
Author of 15 books; “Charlie’s Notes” was named a winner in the New York
Book Festival. Two of her books include forewords by fellow Groundling alums and SNL players, Phil Hartman and Julia Sweeney. Over the years, Kerr has written more than 400 sketches, six screenplays, one full-length Broadway musical, and directed dozens of sketch, and improv comedy shows. She also has starred in her own one-woman show, “Out of Her Mind.” In addition, she has won awards for her long-standing public relations firm, KerrPR, over the past 43 years. She started ExecuProv in 1983, a company that teaches improv comedy techniques to Fortune 100 and 500 companies, which continues to thrive. Kerr’s mission with Ree-invent Films is to provide full-length feature comedies that offer not only laughs, but moral/satirical messages that leave audiences thinking, long after the laughter subsides.
Founder of four businesses, Kerr brings tremendous acumen and savvy to the table along with an abundance of her unique, enviable, and highly original sense of creativity. She is accustomed to mobilizing teams, utilizing the best resources, pumping out excellent products, and garnering results that translate into strong bottom lines.
Kerr is the mother of filmmaker Drake Doremus (“Like Crazy,” winner of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize), who has since gone on to make a number of other movies, mostly improvised, including those featuring A-list celebrities such as Guy Pearce, Jennifer Lawrence, Felicity Jones, Anton Yelchin, Nicholas Hoult, Jamie Dornan, Kristen Stewart, and Sebastian Stan.
40 years of experience and extensive background in performing, writing, story editing, as well as theatrical
/improv/standup/sketch/short film and feature film writing, producing, and directing.
Founder (January 1990 to present) and head writer / artistic director / producer of the Orange County
Crazies, an improv comedy, standup, and sketch organization. Wrote more than 400 sketches.
Named one of the “Top Ten Most Sensational People” in Orange County by Orange Coast magazine, along
with Michael Eisner in 1992.
Produced, directed and wrote various video pieces for the OC Crazies including parodies of music videos
and the lifestyle and neuroses of the Orange County yuppie and spoofs on global events.
Recipient of the 2019 Helena Modjeska Cultural Legacy Award for lifetime achievement in comedy.
Member (since 1983): ASCAP – American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers.
Among the winners of the 2011 New York Book Festival for Charlie’s Notes: A Memoir
Writer of “Too Much Shoulder Pad,” named as best comedy sketch of the year in 1990 by the L.A. Times.
Wrote, directed and starred in “Out of Her Mind,” a one-woman show (1997).
Written 14 books, 9 of them translated into 10 foreign languages and sold world-wide.
Producer/Writer/Director We’ve Got Balls – full-length feature film – winner of 8 awards – Official
Selection in the Newport Beach Film Festival 2013, Action on Film International Film Festival 2013,
Movieville Film Festival 2013, All Sports LA Film Festival 2013. Winner of “Best Comedy – Feature,”
“Outstanding Cast Performance” and “Filmmaker of the Year” awards at Action on Film. Winner of “Best
Comedy” at Movieville. Nominated for “WithoutABox Best In Show” award at Action on Film. Recipient
of “Award of Excellence” from The IndieFEST in November, 2013. In November 2013, winner of
“Audience Choice” and placed in the “Best Feature” category at All Sports LA Film Festival. Winner of
“Silver Remi – Best Trailer” at WorldFest – Houston in April 2014. Nominated for “Best Comedy Scene”
award at the 2014 Action on Film International Film Festival. The film was picked up for distribution by
Indie Rights and was released on May 26, 2015. The film is currently available on Google Play, Amazon
Prime, Vimeo on Demand, Vudu, Playstation, iTunes, and FandangoNow. It was given an 86 rating by
“Rotten Tomatoes” in April, 2016.
Mother of Drake Doremus-winner of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize (Like Crazy –
purchased by Paramount/Indian Paintbrush); named in Forbes and Hollywood Reporter among top 30
under 30, also same in Forbes Doremus has gone on to direct and write a number of other films.
Member of Women in Film – since 2012 (L.A. Chapter)
FULL-LENGTH FEATURE FILM PROJECTS
The Show Can’t Go On! – a full length independent feature film – due out in early 2020
Smalls Claims – a full length independent feature film – in Pre-production
We’ve Got Balls – full length independent feature film – released August 2014- winner of 8 awards/distribution May, 2015 Indie Rights
Co-founder Ex-Serp Productions – producing reality series/PSA’s/sizzle reels
Consulting story editor: The Bum feature film by director Drake Doremus
Consulting story editor on Turns, short feature by director Drake Doremus
IN DEVELOPMENT/FINISHED PRODUCTIONS
Co-creator/Executive Producer – “Last Chance Bootcamp”
Co-creator Executive Producer – “Ad Wars”
Co-creator/Executive Producer – “Resort Guru”
Consulting Producer – “Hollywood Celebrity Divorce” – E! Entertainment
2019 The Show Can’t Go On! (full-length comedy feature)
2015 Small Claims
2015 Losing Your Marbles (full-length dramedy feature)
2012 We’ve Got Balls
2014 Hype (full-length dramedy feature)
1993 Ah, Those Lounge Swingin’ Dubois Sisters (full-length musical)-at OC Crazies Theater and L.A.. Groundlings
1990 to present — Comedy film shorts:
“Hype” – nominated for “Best Comedy Feature” at 2014 Action on Film International Film Festival
“Background Check” – runner-up for “Best Comedy Scene” at 2014 Action on Film International Film Festival
“Popastars” – comedy short sendup of the show “Popstars”
“Inmates” – comedy short lampooning “The Bachelor”
“Embedded” – send up of reporters embedded in OC venues
“Publisher’s Clearing House” (This winner had the entire contents of her home removed)
Music video spoofs:
“When a Man Loves a Beamer”
“I Will Always Screw You”
“Had” (take off on Jackson’s “Bad”)
“Achy Breaky Cart” – grocery store spoof
“Coca-cabana” – Cocaine in OC
1990 to Present — Writer / Director Orange County Crazies Main Company – all improv show
IMPROVISATIONAL COMEDY SHOWS:
1990 to 2020 — Artistic Director of weekend shows for:
Orange County Crazies – Mixed Nuts
Orange County Crazies – Main Company
Orange County Crazies – Crazies Plus
Orange County Crazies – Crazie Beez
Orange County Crazies – Crazies-in-Training
Orange County Little Crazies-Children’s Workshop/performance series
SKETCH COMEDY SHOWS: (writer/producer/director)
2001- 2006 “Orange Lang Syne” – New Year’s Eve Show
2005 — “The Eternal Sunshine of the Orangeless Mind”
2001 — “2001: An Orange Odyssey”
1998 — “Law Revue ‘98”
1997 — “Law Revue ‘97”
“Out Of Her Mind” (Kerr’s one-woman show)
1996 — “You’ll Never Work In This Orange Again”
“Law Revue ‘96”
1995 — “Orange Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”
“Orange Side Story”
“Gone With the Orange”
1994 — “OrangeFeld”
“Romancing the Orange”
1993 — “Orange Trek: The Lost Generation”
“As The Orange Turns”
“The Orange, The Bad & The Ugly”
1992 — “Orangelahoma”
“Ahh…Those Lounge Swingin’ DuBois Sisters!” (Full-length musical)
“The Wizard of Orange”
“Raiders of the Lost Orange”
1991 — “Don’t Cry For Me Orangentina”
“Ahh…Those Lounge Swingin’ DuBois Sisters!”
“Orange On A Hot Tin Roof”
“LizAnne Live…Alone At Last”
1990 — “It’s Not Easy Bein’ Orange”
“Behind The Orange Curtain”
“This Is Orange County”
1987 — “Confessions Of A Studio Musician” starring Tommy Tedesco
“Top Finalist/Lyric Division” Music City Song Festival Contest
1985 — “The Groundlings’ Tenth Anniversary Reunion Show” — Producer
“First Place Winner/Lyric Competition” Music City Song Festival Contest
— Author of 13 books among them: Build to Laugh: How to Construct Sketch Comedy With the Fast and Funny Formula and “Who’s There?” the Sketch and Improvisational Player’s Guide to Conceiving, Creating and Developing Original Characters (both books used at Second City as training manuals)
–Produced, directed and wrote many comedy industrials including those for Jack in the Box, the American School Food Service Association, Foothill Capital, Honda, SCE,State Bar of California and Kawasaki.
-Winner of the Music City Song Festival 1985 lyric competition; runner up 1987; top 25 winners in the same contest in 1984
–Creator of ExecuProv’s HTVL (Humorous Training Video Library -41 clips) comedy training shorts used by Toyota, SCE, Fed Ex and many others.
–Also founder of KerrPR, an award winning 37 year old public relations firm based in Santa Ana, CA
–Also founder of ExecuProv—offering presentation and communication skills to Fortune 100/500 companies using the rigors of improv comedy as the basis for her presentation and communications skills teaching techniques.
Prateek Damodaren and Cherie Kerr
Attend the cast preview of SCGO footage on December 7th.