The title “Safety Not Guaranteed” is a disclaimer of sorts. Maybe some apples, some snacks, ’cause you never know what kind of food you’re going to run into; my i Phone and also a large cell tower and the technology for the Internet. It would be a very weird combination of crying and hiding and being crazy and not crazy. When I made that video it was just solely for my audition for “SNL.” It was never meant to elicit any reactions for anyone. If all people had to have a disclaimer, what would be yours? “Objects in the Mirror Are Closer—Larger Than They Appear.”Are people frequently surprised you’re as close to them as you are? People turn around and I’m right there, and they’re like, “Whoa! I thought you were over there.”You suddenly have access to time travel. Did you ever hear from Sarah Silverman about your impression of her? It was more just a work thing that I was doing that somehow, because of the nature of the Internet got—at the time that I posted that video I was an unknown actor just trying to do anything. Plus: On Chicago: “Chicago reminds me of comedy and Second City and all of the greats that came out of that. As a kid in Delaware, she dreamed of starring on Saturday Night Live, so at 15, she persuaded her mom to enroll her at ComedySportz in Philadelphia.“It was me and a bunch of librarians trying to find themselves,” she says.She plays Darius, a Seattle Magazine intern who takes charge investigating an ad posted by a man (Mark Duplass) looking for someone to accompany him on a time-travel expedition.After seeing Plaza’s dry, breakout turn in “Funny People,” Derek Connolly wrote “Safety Not Guaranteed” for her, creating the story from a real mid-1990s magazine ad.She went to NYU in part to be able to take classes at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. “Growing up, I really believed it was going to happen for me.
She does say, however, that her ideal first date would “be for someone to come and pick me up and then be like ‘You know, I don t feel like going anywhere.’ And then I’d be like ‘Yeah, you re right.
“I was a very big mistake.” Her role on Parks and Recreation happened by chance, too.
She was just out of college when her gung-ho agent arranged a bunch of meetings in L.
I got drunk while I was working.” On a good night, she’d make 0, owing in part to her generosity with free drinks.
“I’d say, ‘I wouldn’t do this for anybody but you guys,’ when I was literally giving free shit to everyone, and then they’d give me extra tips.” She looks around to make sure no one in a slutty bowling uniform is listening.