Allison Raskin

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Allison Raskin was born and raised in Scarsdale, NY, which is the town mentioned in RENT by Mark’s mother. Despite being beautiful and infamous, it never felt like home and Allison spent her last two years of high school in Connecticut at Choate Rosemary Hall. While at boarding school, Allison realized two things: 1) Never send your child to boarding school 2) Take risks or you will die of boredom. So Allison applied to USC’s BFA screenwriting program and somehow got in by submitting a short story about killing a cow that starred a pedophile.

Allison is now a writer, improviser, stand up comic and director. Comedy is her lifeline. It is how she interacts with the world and annoys her family over group texts. Since graduating, Allison has continued to write and produce an ungodly amount of web content that has been featured on Funny Or Die and the home page of her mother’s iPad. She hopes to one day write and direct features that make people think while they make you laugh. She also starred in a Payless commercial, which was very exciting for people she hasn’t seen in years.

What has your best school or work experience been?

I got to showrun a sitcom on a sound stage my senior year. I learned that creating television is incredibly traumatizing. It is also what I want to do with my life.

What are your favorite movies?

Little Miss Sunshine, Lars and the Real Girl, The Sapphires, District 9 and Get Over It.

Favorite snacks?

All of them.

Director?

Christopher Guest.

Photographer?

My mother is my favorite photographer because she taught me to find beauty in the unexpected. She also taught me how to sit still for a long time without having a mental breakdown.

Who do you most idolize?

I idolize Aaron Sorkin and Steve Carrell. Also my gynecologist, for a variety of reasons.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve done, or most defiant?

The craziest thing I have ever done is move across the country to follow my dream, which includes stand up comedy and occasionally baring my soul to a room of silence.

Have you ever gotten in trouble with the law, known groups or the government?

Freshman year of high school, I wrote a research paper about Roswell, NM and requested documents from the government. A few months later, the government called my house. I am definitely on some sort of list. It is a dream come true.

What century/decade would you most like to live in?  

I couldn’t live in any time other than the 21st century because I love my Kindle too much to give it up.