100 Creatives: Margo Toombs
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What she does: Margo Toombs describes herself as in "internal humorist," meaning she makes people "laugh on the inside." Whether she is performing her various one-woman pieces, showcasing a video or writing about her own internal struggle, she wants to make you think about the humor that we find within ourselves. Toombs has been known to make people laugh on the outside too, while sharing information about her own insides. "What's Eating Martha?" written and performed by Toombs for the 2010 FrenetiCore Fringe Festival focused on Toombs daily battle with her stomach's desire to eat more than it needed, a relatable conflict many people have with food. The year prior to that, the "internal humor" was about her colon.
Why she likes it: As with many artists, Toombs loves to share her work and gets a sense of accomplishment out of an audience connection. It's that bond that makes what she does that much more enjoyable and, as she simply puts it, "fun."
What inspires her: Toombs is inspired by life and the tragedies of her own experiences. The comedy, she says, is in taking those heartbreaks and turn them on their heads. "Why make lemonade from lemons, when you can make Margaritas?" she asks.
Toombs loves the creative process and finds enjoyment in expressing herself on other artistic platforms in addition to comedy and theater. Choreographer jhon r. stronks invited her to collaborate with him on a few of his contemporary dance concerts this summer. She's performed several of his shows, includingVenturing Out
andGlitter, Guts and Glory
What is her proudest moment? "My most intense proud moment was the first time I performed during open mic night at the Laff Stop," she says. That was the first time she realized that she could write and move people to either "laugh or boo."
What's next? Toombs will perform a short piece, Margo, Rita and the Pee Pee Dress for the upcoming 2011 Fringe Festival. Additionally, on September 9th, her latest video, Where I'm From will screen at the Lantex Theatre in Llano, Texas.
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