Like being hit by a big camera tripping over wires or someone hitting me in the face with a boom…
How you’re making people laugh these days:
I teach and coach improv. I’m am actor and probably soon a waitress:-)
When was the first time you remember getting a laugh?
I don’t know the first, but I do have a specific memory of being on our farm in Nebraska and having my entire family gathered around me while I repeated, “I forgot what I was going to say” over and over again in an accent. And them all losing it. Like, cry-laughing. So it’s my family’s fault for encouraging me.
When did you realize that being funny gave you power?
In high school, I played the kid pretending to be drunk in a school play, and the next day I got swarmed by hot dudes who thought it was cool. I just remember thinking, “well, that was easy.”
What’s been the biggest risk you’ve taken thus far with your comedy? (And WTF does a “risk” in comedy even mean to you?)
Risk in comedy to me now means becoming brutally vulnerable. I guess it always has, but the older you get, the more dirty stuff you have to make funny. So risking honesty over comedy and hoping they line up.
What have you found to be the most intimidating or frightening thing about being a human woman in comedy?
I don’t particular see things as intimidating or frightening. I see them as maddening, annoying, and sad. I think remaining strong without becoming rigid is a goal that I aspire to. The idea of female comedians having to be anything specifically BECAUSE they are women makes me sad, because it’s still an unconscious undertone, and I feel like it should’ve all died already.
What advice would you give another young woman who was considering pursuing comedy—be is as a profession, a hobby, or even just looking for the confidence to be class clown?
Be yourself; stick to your guns; find strong female friends inside and outside the community. And you don’t have to like everyone and everything. You can, if that’s who you are, but I think there’s a lot of silliness to both extremes of being a lady comedian. Don’t let it be a distraction to yourself that you happen to be a woman.
What’s a question about comedy that you wish someone would ask you instead of boring-ass ones like “why do people say women aren’t funny?’”
Maybe, “what’s it like to be the funniest person onstage?” Because that would be cool.
Who are the women making you laugh hardest right now?
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