Class #23: My Crazy Parents

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Curtis Gwinn  is a television writer currently working on the mega-popular zombie show, The Walking Dead.  He's also a director/producer/actor best known for working on shows like NTSF:SD:SUV::, Fat Guy Stuck in Internet, and The Man Show.  And if you've seen a great improv show at the UCB Theatre in LA or New York in the past decade there's a good chance he was making you laugh. 

But before all of this success... Curtis had a difficult and colorful childhood thanks to a nutty father and an absentee/kidnapper mother.   

In this class we talk about:

  • His parents divorcing when he was five years old. 
  • Growing up in a rich area without any money.   
  • Retreating in television, comic books, and movies to create a fantasy world. 
  • Having a father who couldn't provide for the family.   
  • Being kidnapped by his mother and taken from Connecticut to California at age four with his brother.
  • His family home being foreclosed upon. 
  • Being a homeless high schooler.   
  • Keeping family secrets. 
  • Couchsurfing with friends' families for years
  • Anger, resentment, and bitterness towards his parents. 
  • Finding basketball and a coach/mentor that helped him find some self-esteem. 
  • Maximizing potential. 
  • Finding salvation in the arts without ego.   
  • Not speaking to his father in years.   
  • Repairing the relationship with his mother. 

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