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Edie McClurg stars in the new Disney film, "Air Bud Spikes Back," released on DVD and VHS on June 24. This time Air Bud plays Volleyball.

I recently spoke with Edie from beautiful southern California where she is putting together a one-person show about her life. She plans to open the show in October at the Groundlings Theater in Los Angeles.

Besides being pleasant and accommodating to speak with, Edie has an impressive list of film credits including "The Master of Disguise," "Flubber," and "Ferris Bueller’s Day off."

Edie started out, not as an actress, but as a news writer and documentary producer for the Kansas City affiliate of National Public Radio (NPR). During college and high school, she won quite a few awards for acting. She had also used her voice often on the radio, winning several contests from NPR for promos that were both funny and entertaining. Edie acted in these as well as having written and produced them.

Edie’s advice to acting students, who want to break into the entertainment business, is to start right where they live. From there she suggested that they do school productions and network with the people around them. She pointed out that these are the people who will eventually be the producers, writers and directors. "In the classroom will be the very people that you will be working with. Acting isn’t a singular profession, it is a collaborate profession," Edie explained.

Edie began her entertainment career as a standup comedian, studying standup comedy with Viola Spolin, the "Mother Creator" of inprov comedy. From Spolin, she learned the rules of comedy that make it work well. Edie currently performs with the Second City Alumni at the Fryer’s Club in Beverly Hills and she is still working with the Spolin Game players.

Edie admits she had a ball working on “Air Bud.” “It was so much fun; there were animals, smart sweet kids and it was just a pleasant atmosphere," she said. Over the years Edie has acted with a great variety of animals. She had acted with a lion, an orangutan, a chimpanzee, rabbits, cats, dogs and birds.

In “Air Bud” she had a bird on her shoulder, and of course, Buddy, the dog. I must say that I related to her when she mentioned how she was definitely more comfortable with the bird than with the lion.

Edie is currently working on her one-person show about her early life, which, she says, is funny, poignant and sweet. “I would like someone to make that into a movie. Then I would do a TV show, where I play my mother," she said. Edie will be performing the show this October at the Groundlings Theater in Los Angeles, where she previously worked for 10 years. Some of her classmates were Paul Reubens, Phil Hartman and Tim Stack. Many of them went on to “Saturday Night Live.”

Edie is a pleasant, laid back and talented star. I’m looking forward to seeing more of her work in the future.

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