If you follow Marvel on any of their social media sites, you may have stumbled across Lorraine Cink. Lorraine currently hosts and writes two shows for Marvel. She is also an improviser who performs weekly in NYC.
I reached out to Lorraine to see if she would answer a couple of questions for Temple of Geek to which she graciously accepted. Here is 10 questions with Lorraine Cink.
(Danniel Slade) Lorraine, thank you so much for taking time to answer some questions about yourself. I want to start with what is it like for you being a professional geek?
(Lorraine Cink) Awesome, obviously! Anyone who gets to follow their passions and have their work be their pleasure doesn’t have to work a day in their life.
(DS) How did you come about working for Marvel?
(LC) I was a comedian in New York who made nerdy videos with my friend Michelle in our living rooms. One day I got an email from our VP of Digital Content and Programming about hosting their web show, The Watcher, pretty much out of the blue. I believe my friend and former comedy student who worked as an editor at Marvel passed along a geeky song I wrote to them called Talk Nerdy to Me. I went in and auditioned and the rest is history!
(DS) What has been your favorite, or most exciting, moment while working for Marvel?
(LC) There have really been too many to count. I’ve been so lucky to get to interview some of the most interesting people in comics and entertainment, but I would probably have to say the first time I met Stan Lee was incredible. I was doing interviews at New York Comic Con and one of our producers said we were about to get Stan Lee on our live show. I immediately got strangely emotional about meeting someone who had meant so much to my life. My darling co-host, Ryan Penagos, sagely said to me, “Don’t cry right now.” I didn’t, of course, but I had many feels. Stan was so lovely, and funny, and kind as he always is in interviews and of course my last question was if I could hug him and he said yes with such glee. I have a picture of it. It’s one of my favorite Marvel memories.
(DS) What is it like knowing information before the rest of the world finds out?
(LC) It’s fun to know the secrets no one else does, and it feels like awesome bragging rights. But you also can’t discuss them with anyone because obviously they are secrets. You also get a lot of spoilers so it’s really a double edged sword. However, getting to read comics or see footage in advance is frankly too awesome!
(DS) There are two shows you work on called THWIP! The Big Marvel Show and The Marvel Minute. Can you tell us a little about each?
(LC)THWIP! The Big Marvel Show is a variety show that I co-host with Ryan Penagos AKA Agent M where we explore Marvel topics, do insane challenges, interview guests, and basically have the most Marvel fun that is legal to have.
The Marvel Minute is a weekly news minute of all the latest in Marvel news every Monday in a quick minute.
Both can be found at Marvel.com/videos and youtube.com/marvel .
(DS) What super hero do you see yourself most relating to?
(LC) Squirrel Girl! Even before Ryan Q North’s incredible run, I felt like Doreen Green and I had a lot in common. I love that she saves the day not just using force, but her mind and by having a good heart.
(DS) Now you don’t just work at Marvel, you are also a comedian. Can you tell us a little about that side of you?
(LC) Comedy has always been a passion of mine whether it’s writing or performing. I often perform live around New York City, particularly at the Peoples Improv Theater. I’ve always enjoyed that comedy to me feels like a brain game – how can I make this joke better, quicker, funnier, more clever? I’m a big fan of making my fun my job.
(DS) What got you into comedy?
(LC) You know, comedy tends to be something you learn more for survival growing up. My mom also always thought I was funny so from an early age (I was the baby after all), so I guess I learned to entertain. I was also a pretty awkward kid especially through grade school, and a sense of humor was my lifesaver. It’s hard to be bullied if you can make people laugh. Ultimately, I decided to take a dip in the comedy pool more professionally as an adult after looking for a way of performing that didn’t mean I had to rely on acting jobs. When I did more acting I was always playing ridiculous comedic roles, so improv and comedy just felt like a good fit for me.
(DS) Can you tell us about “Emilia’s Wish”?
(LC) Emilia’s Wish is a short play I wrote ages ago that was nominated for an Independent Theater Award. It was about a woman with Munchausen syndrome who wants nothing more than to be sick so that people will give her love and attention. She comes in on her Birthday and blows out her candles making a wish and over the course of the play her unspoken wish comes true, in the end the doctor reveals (spoilers) that she is actually is very very sick, and he is overjoyed. I love a dark comedy.
(DS) Is there anything you are working on that we should be watching out for?
(LC) I co-wrote the book Marvel Absolutely Everything You Need to Know for DK Publishing which just came out in stores last week! Go grab it in stores or on amazon now!
(DS) Thank you so much for taking the time to answer some of our questions. Please let our audience know how to find out more about you.
Slade started Temple of Geek in 2012 with his friend as a podcast. Since then, it has become a lot more. His obsessions are Transformers, Star Wars, Classic Video Games, Superheroes, and comedies.
Slade’s life was turned to the Darkside when his father gave him a gift in 1985. He was presented with the leader of the Decepticons, Megatron. Since then, Slade has become a collector of the robots in disguise.
The only other thing that comes close to Slade’s love of Transformers is Star Wars. He has met a few of the cast over the years. Slade’s one goal in life is to meet with George Lucas and just discuss movies with him.