kholan studi

Wait­ing for ev­ery­body to laugh

Pasatiempo - - Young Artists - — PaulWei­de­man

For Kholan Studi, im­prov is the thing. “Oh, yeah,” he said in a re­cent in­ter­view. “In fact, that’s what al­ways makes us laugh. That’s the only thing that keeps us go­ing.”

He and the other mem­bers of a group called Clown Pa­trol have been de­vel­op­ing com­edy for sev­eral years at Yoga Moves on Early Street with the stu­dio’s owner, Rima Miller, whom Studi calls “the great­est teacher in the world.”

“We usu­ally write our own ma­te­rial, be­cause we find it’s fun­nier that way, rather than hav­ing to steal some­one else’s shtick,” said Studi, 16, a sopho­more at Santa FeWal­dorf High School. “We usu­ally just start off re­hearsals not hav­ing any­thing at all, and we sort of just go through what­ever we’re think­ing about then. It might be funny, it might not be, and some stuff we keep, and some stuff we just throw out.”

The main thing is mak­ing peo­ple laugh. “There’s just some sort of great sat­is­fac­tion when you hear some­one with a slight chuckle, then you die a lit­tle in­side when it’s com­pletely quiet. Es­pe­cially when you throw out a great joke, and you’re just wait­ing for ev­ery­body to laugh, with the stu­pid­est ex­pres­sion on your face. That’s one of the things that al­ways comes up in our im­prov group: It’s like, is this funny? Or is it just funny to us?”

Studi is the son of film ac­torWes Studi ( Pow­wow High­way, Avatar) and Maura Dhu Studi, whose creative ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude singing jazz and teach­ing an act­ing class. Dhu Studi said she some­times sees her fa­ther, ac­tor Jack Al­bert­son (1907-1981), in her son’s ex­pres­sions.

Kholan has some star power in his fam­ily tree, but he isn’t com­mit­ting him­self to any­thing just yet. “I am in­ter­ested in act­ing,” he said. “I’m just not quite sure what I want to do. I’m just a teenager.”

Also, there’s that thing about learn­ing and speak­ing lines from scripts. “That’s my prob­lem,” he said. “I love act­ing, but it’s just from screen­plays, and you can’t do any­thing that’s your own. I can un­der­stand how some­one would write it for a char­ac­ter to be a cer­tain way, but some­times you have to add your own fla­vor to it, and they don’t al­ways al­low you to do that.”

Un­less you’re the writer, the di­rec­tor, and the ac­tor. “That’s just blow­ing your­self up with hot air,” he re­sponded. “I did do a lot of act­ing with South­west Chil­dren’s The­atre when I was younger. That’s re­ally where I started loving to act and make peo­ple laugh.”

And what about Santa Fe as a place to be? “Nat­u­rally, since I grew up here, it’s ev­ery teenager’s dream to get out,” Studi said. “But as a scene goes, it’s a great place for art and com­edy and any­thing that you re­ally want to do. Just take a look around and it is art. There’s some form of self-ex­pres­sion go­ing on wher­ever you look. I don’t re­ally see my­self any­where in par­tic­u­lar quite yet, but I can def­i­nitely see my­self com­ing back here.”

Studi is also a mu­si­cian. He plays elec­tric bass in a band, led by PeteWil­liams, that re­hearses at The Candyman. “Right now we’re try­ing to play a lot of heavy metal—’cause us darn kids and our heavy metal— stuff like Marilyn Man­son and Killswitch En­gage. We’re learn­ing a Kiss song right now.”

His in­spi­ra­tions in the world of com­edy in­clude the 1990s Se­in­feld show and “the old Nick­elodeon stuff like Ke­nan & Kel, all of that,” as well as cur­rent co­me­dian/ven­tril­o­quist Jeff Dun­ham on Com­edy Cen­tral. Hey, Kholan, got any good jokes? Or re­ally bad ones? “What’s a broom’s fa­vorite karate move?” he asked. “The leg sweep.”

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