"Scream Queens" didn't offer up too much regarding the Green Meanie mystery Tuesday (Nov. 15) -- we wondered if Cassidy (Taylor Lautner) was the 1986 baby weeks ago... Which is fine! Because it allowed us all to revel in the awesome case of the week, Foreign Accent Syndrome.
FAS is a real disorder that causes sufferers to suddenly change their speech so as to be perceived as speaking with a "foreign accent." It is usually caused by a stroke or traumatic brain injury.
However, Penelope Hotchkiss' (Mary Birdsong) version of FAS had her switching accents at a break-neck pace -- Texan, Minnesotan, different British accents, Irish, Vietnamese, Indian, you name it.
From a performance standpoint, it was quite impressive. Birdsong's accent work is impeccable, and she does it without skipping a beat, often within just a few sentences. So we had to take a closer look.
In looking at Birdsong's body of work, the comedian is known for her voice work on various cartoons -- "Goldie and Bear," "Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law," "T.U.F.F. Puppy" -- and a "Grand Theft Auto" video game, among many other credits. She is particularly known for her Judy Garland impression, which she used on "Reno 911."
Furthermore, Birdsong is currently in the midst of a YouTube video project she has dubbed "365 Characters in 365 Days." Her characters range from real people -- Melania Trump, Katharine Hepburn, George Foreman, Patsy Cline -- to stock characters like Meltdown Lady at Grocery Store and Frustrated Internet Dater.