After receiving a degree in Theater Performance from the University of Oregon, Brooke moved to Los Angeles where she was accepted into the training program of acclaimed sketch and improv company, the Groundlings. Eventually, Totman became a member of the Groundlings Sunday Company – writing and performing sketch comedy for a live audience on a weekly basis. During it’s 5th season, Brooke joined the television show MadTV, as a featured cast member. Other selected TV and stage credits include: The King of Queens (CBS), Less Than Perfect (ABC), Documentary Now! (IFC), Judging Amy (CBS), Life After First Failure (The CW), Portlandia (IFC), Detroit (Portland Playhouse), Sisters of Mercy (Portland Center Stage), Bath Night (Shaking the Tree Theater), and Ferraro/Totman (Defunkt Theater).
Brooke is currently starring in the critically acclaimed series, The Benefits of Gusbandry on Amazon. She is also the founder of the Sketch Comedy company, NIGHT BUS – a character-driven ensemble celebrating the weird and wonderful. Brooke writes and acts in the company and also serves as it’s director
What They’re Saying:
“Totman is amazing at keeping us guessing as to what her persona will reveal about her next. The four main characters are so good you can’t imagine them being anybody else offstage. And that is probably the best compliment you can offer an actor. I highly recommend Portland Playhouse’s Detroit, especially for the acting.”
DENNIS SPARKS, PORTLAND THEATER CRITIC
“NIGHT BUS is a fast-paced hour of smart, imaginative comedy featuring performers who are willing to go all in on their jokes. An hourlong collection of of-the-wall comedic bits, NIGHT BUS is an ode to Portland weird.”
“The Benefits of Gusbandry works the straight-gay friendship thing, deliciously thanks to sharp writing and spirited performances by Brooke Totman and Kurt Conroyd.”
THE NEW YORK TIMES
“The real magic of The Benefits of Gusbandry is the unreal chemistry in the casting. Totman and Conroyd don’t just own their roles as Jackie and River, they embody them. If you’re looking for a comedy that’s down-to-earth, which still has a real heart AND real laughs, forget about cheesy sitcoms with stereotypical characters and a laugh-track. This is your ticket right here, and it’s the perfect comedy to watch with your partner in crime, no matter who they are.”
PURE GRAIN AUDIO
“Brooke Totman is straight-up comically delicious. She’s Kristen Wiig with a sprinkle of Leslie Mann when they’re both a little drunk, tired and horny.”
Jackie (Brooke Totman) is a 40-year old straight woman who’s recently been dumped. River (Kurt Conroyd) is her dream man – except he’s gay. The story of their friendship is just as awkward as it is endearing, like a more honest Will & Grace.