Carla Collins : biography
Carla Collins (born April 30, 1965) is a Canadian comedian, actress, television host and writer. A stand-up, she has been hailed by the press as “Canada’s Tina Fey” and the “Queen of Comedy”. Carla performs across North America. She is a regular at the Laugh Factory in Los Angeles and on tour with the renowned “Hot Tamales”.
Collins' filmed season two of her docu-soap/comedy Carlawood, and is working on the movie The Hack, a comedy/horror film in which she stars as a comedian who kills other performers for their material.
She also completed her first book “Angels, Vampires and Douche Bags” published by Burman Books.
She also lent her voice to a special from the hit Canadian animated series, Total Drama Action, in its special, "Celebrity Manhunt's Total Drama Action Reunion Special", as the host of the show-within-a-show, Celebrity Manhunt, Blaineley. Then she lent her voice for the next season in Total Drama World Tour, once again playing Blaineley, the co-host of Total Drama Aftermath, and then she became a late-coming contestant of the Total Drama World Tour and ending in either seventh or sixth place. This is her voice acting role, a role which also requires her to sing.
Collins was born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario,Vaughan, R. M. and Commanducci, Massimo (April 10, 2009). "Carla Collins: People made fun of her for years, she says. Now, it's her turn", The Globe and Mail, p. R4. until moving to Guelph, Ontario and attending Guelph Collegiate Vocational Institute where she was Prom Queen and Valedictorian, Collins pursued her education at the Université de Franche-Comté in France and the University of Western Ontario.
She joined The Weather Network in 1990 as an on-air host,http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0172198/bio and subsequently moved to CFTO to host Eye on Toronto. In 1995, she began hosting CTV's Entertainment Now, which she cohosted with Dan Duran. She also hosted the Canadian variety series Sonic Temple and the sketch comedy series Chez Carla. In 1998, Collins played an anchorwoman in Universal Soldier II: Brothers in Armshttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt0186654/ and Donna Jean in When Husbands Cheat.http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0172198/
Earlier in her career, she was a morning radio personality on Toronto's Mix 99.9 from 1992 to 1994, co-hosting with Tom Rivers along with Larry Fedoruk. Rivers left in 1993 and Fedoruk and Collins continued as a duo. She returned from 2001 to 2003. For the latter stint, following a short period co-hosting with Steve Anthony who then moved to afternoon drive time, Collins became the first woman in Canada to be billed as the sole regular host of a morning radio show on a commercial station in a major media market, as opposed to co-hosting with one or more men.
Collins had her first solo stand-up special, The Wonder Bra Years, on The Comedy Network in 2001. It was one of the highest rated in the Comedy Now series.
Collins starred in 50 episodes of Paradise Fallshttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt0181248/ a soap opera on Showcase Television as Rusty Sinclair (2001). She also appeared in: Deep in the City as a Sex-Shop Owner (2000),http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1110360/ The Caveman's Valentine (2001),http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0182000/fullcredits#cast Degrassi: The Next Generation as Herself (2002),http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0557341/fullcredits two episodes of Doc as Felicia Brand (2002–2003),http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0283724/fullcredits Recipe for Murder as a Glam Reporter (2002),http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0308799/fullcredits Tracker as Dr. Janet Sullivann (2002),http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0732784/ and Show Me Yours as Tammy (2005).http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0699965/
In 2003, she began to lend her voice to the PBS animated show cyberchase as Erica Ram, a reporter who reports on events in cyberspace.
Collins was a writer, star and host of: "Chez Carla" (2000), "Sonic Temple" (2001), “2 Smart Blondes” (2003) and "E-Now" (1995)http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0172198/#actress1990
In 2006 Carla teamed up with producer Frank Sicoli for an unscripted television sitcom titled The Visionary Position. This series (released on DVD) is described as Curb Your Enthusiasm meets Sex and the City meets Bewitched. Collins says, "I prefer to think of it as The Ghost Whisperer on crack.""", Speakers' Spotlight.
In 2006, she workshopped a well-received one-woman show called The Visionary Position in Toronto and Los Angeles.
She is also a freelance writer for Inside Entertainment.
Collins' reality show Carlawood debuted on TVtropolis in April 2009. The show follows her attempt to find work after her move to Hollywood, and satirizes reality shows.
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