Home town: Ottawa
Birthday: November 8
Star Sign: Scorpio
Lived in: Montreal, Ottawa, Belgium, Toronto, Luxembourg
Luba is a graduate of Montreal's National Theatre School and has performed with Stratford Theatre. She is immensely proud of her Ukrainian heritage and has entertained at many of their events. Her other works include voice-over animation, fundraising events, commercials, and film roles (including a feature shot in Kiev, Ukraine). "Life doesn't get much better than this!"
As a member of Air Farce, Luba has received many awards including the Governor-General's Performing Arts Award, 15 Actras, a Juno, Maclean's Honor Roll, a star on "Canada's Walk of Fame" in Toronto, and two honorary doctorate degrees. "Mama is so proud, she tells everyone - Luba barely finished high-school, but she's a doctor!"
Reason for becoming a performer
It's something I've enjoyed since childhood. I was in the drama club in high school, and made up my mind then.
Favourite Air Farce characters
Sheila Copps, Queen Elizabeth, Kim Campbell, while she lasted. I like characters with a lot of energy. "I've portrayed over 3,000 characters and there's no end in sight!"
Favourite Air Farce sketches
News for the Fast of Hearing, Klutz's Hotline, all of the Queen's sketches
Most embarrassing moment (related to Air Farce)
I was in a restaurant with a bunch of buddies, acting like an idiot, and thought no one recognized me, and then, just as I was leaving, someone stopped me to tell me how much he enjoyed Air Farce.
Biggest challenge on Air Farce
Trying to nail the sketch without screwing up in front of a live audience.
Highlight of working on Air Farce
The audience appreciation and feedback.
Who makes you laugh?
I Love Lucy, The Honeymooners, Carol Burnett, The Simpsons.
Your attitude towards being politically correct:
I think it's important to be politically correct, but you have to use common sense. You will always offend someone, but you try to be aware of public perception and balance it.
Who was the major influence on your career?
Miss Barbara Blackstone, my Grade 7 music teacher, who encouraged me to enter a public speaking contest, and I won! The teachers at the National Theatre School taught me how to act. Morris Podbrey from Centaur Theatre in Montreal was very encouraging. And my father, who was an actor and a writer.
What did you want to be when you were in school?