20 Jul

Chicago’s Comic: Amy Sumpter

Q: What inspired you to start stand-up comedy?

A: I remember watching old Comic Reliefs on HBO growing up. Then watching all types of stand-up showcases when Comedy Central was just a baby and MTV’s half hour comedy showcases. It was always something that fascinated and scared the hell out of me…

Q: Describe your first performance?

A: My first nephew had just been born and I couldn’t be there. He had complications and we didn’t know if he would live or not. I went to the show feeling super helpless and not knowing if I should even be there. Then I was a sent a picture of him and news that was hopeful. I put all my feelings into the show, which coincidentally was also the very first Kate’s Showcase… before we knew what the Kate’s would be. My nephew is my heart and my stand-up anniversary.

Q: Do you have “pre-show” rituals? If so, what are they?

A: YES! I get really nervous. So good music that pumps me up and then a quiet place to collect my thoughts. Some prayers, good vibes and remind myself I do this because I LOVE IT!

Q: Where in the world is your favorite place to perform stand-up? Why is this your favorite place?

A: The Book Cellar in Lincoln Square and The Shaskeen Pub in New Hampshire (Thanks Nick Lavallee!). The Book Cellar was where the Kates really took off. The staff is incredible, supportive and there really is no better audience in the world. They have let me fall down numerous times and have always wanted me to get back up. I’ve learned a lot there. The Shaskeen Pub was a great road show that I will always hold close to my heart!

Q: What shows, podcasts, blogs do you produce or co-produce?

A: The Kates, I’m a cast member. Laarsen’s Podcast, I am a regular on. It’s like an old timey Radio show, I’m Meredith the Meat lady.

Q: What are three of your favorite things?

A: I love my nephews and niece. Listening to music as I go for a power walk. Queens of the Stone Age

Q: What is your favorite sammich?

A: Lobster Roll.

Q: What’s one thing people assume about you, that is or isn’t true?

A: That I played Basketball… NOPE! HATE IT! Some tall people aren’t good at sports.

Q: If you weren’t a comic, what other job would you love to do?

A: My dream job is being an acting coach to professional athletes. Those PSAs they give at the ball park are pretty painful.

Q: What’s one thing people assume about you, that is or isn’t true?

A: Wow, so much. I have heard so many things about me that I would rather not repeat here. I think it’s mostly assumptions about me or rumors as to how I get to where I am today. LOL.

Q: What are some comedy goals/dreams you have on your To Do List?

A: Recording an album this year. Do a real tour. Being able to quit the day job… maybe…

Q: What quality, trait, and/or body part do you really like about yourself?

A: My right leg… I can kick it real high!

Q: What’s one thing you wish more people knew about you? [or anything else you’d like mentioned, ie your education, personal life or mission statement]

A: Sometimes funny people are serious. Take them seriously. Please…

Q: How will you know you “Made It?”

A: I’m not sure I want to define that. I want to keep working and getting better.


  • 7.23.2018: “This One Woman: Missy Elliott” – Hopleaf
  • 7.27.2018: “Don’t Tell Chicago” – Secret Location
  • 7.28.2018: “The Kates are HOT in July!” – The Book Cellar
  • 8.4.2018: “She’s Crafty” – Rogers Pork Barbecue Festival


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