15 Feb

Chicago’s Comic: Casey Navarro

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

A: I had to try it for a Comedy Studies program assignment. The night before it was my 22nd birthday so my class and I decided to go out and hit a mic for practice. I was booed off stage in my birthday sash and tiara after I said, “This is my first time.” That was May 2009 and in August that year I decided I couldn’t leave it like that so one night I woke up at 4am and three one liners popped in my head so I wrote them down and went to a mic the next night. It worked and I’ve never bombed that hard ever again. I can’t believe it will be 10 years in August!

Q: Describe your first performance.

A: Well, my first performance doing one liners and finding my voice and persona was crazy. I went up maybe for a total of a minute and a half since I had only written three jokes. One of them was something like, “I wonder if Victoria and Pop ever told each other their secrets.” I read straight from the notebook and then as the years went by my book prop got bigger. My dream is to one day have it so big you can’t even see me!

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

A: I like to be one drink in most of the time unless I’m doing a whole 30. Sometimes I’ll practice new jokes out loud into a mirror. I put on makeup and dress up. To me, it’s part of the bit if I look like a nice kindergarten teacher during story time and then I surprise everyone by just talking about my puss for 10 minutes.

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

A: I don’t know if I have a favorite place but there are moments/shows I will never forget. One time while I was touring with Second City I booked a show in Arizona as a feature. There was about 500 people in the room which was the biggest house I had ever done stand up for. I remember being so nervous and I couldn’t see anything, the lights were so bright. Not a single face. But then the first laugh swell came. I actually remember it gave me an out of body experience where I was just floating above my own body and absorbing the energy from the crowd from above. Another time I was doing a room in Paris, France. It was an English speaking showcase but mostly all French people. The cafe was exactly like you would imagine. Little bistro tables and berets and cigarettes. I think the format of my one liners made it easy for them to understand me and they just ate me up. I got off stage and felt like maybe I solved world peace?

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

A: So right now I am excited about putting up my dramedy about violence against women called Lucky, Liar, Loser on 1/29 at ACME Comedy NoHo for a staged reading. I also produce a show I used to do in Chicago called Bad Sides with Julie Marchiano where actors reenact their worst on camera auditions, starting up again on 2/9 at 7pm and will run every second Saturday at ACME as well. Then my new show I will co-host and produce with my writing partner and roommate Rachel Laforce is actually a live podcast called Out Loud, In Public where we will have four comics join us to give rants and then the twist is that at the end of the show we will surprise one of them with a special guest who has the opposite point of view as them and finish the show with a panel discussion with us. That will start 2/9 at 8pm and go up every second Saturday right after Bad Sides at ACME. I am also a Staff Writer for Woke Brown Fem and all of those articles can be found on my website.

Q: What are three of your favorite things?

A: Bourbon, Yoga, and Christmas

Q: What is your favorite sammich?

A: Salami with hot peppers and eggplant.

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

A: I don’t know, maybe since moving to LA my life is perfect? It’s not! I love it here but it’s real expensive and starting all over essentially career-wise is tough. But deep down I know it’s the right thing. Also, a psychic told me so. Since moving here I’ve survived a six year relationship falling apart, I had a house fire, a car accident between myself and a dumpster, my phone was stolen, blah, blah, etc, etc. But I’ve also written a new pilot about my Mexican family in Indiana I love, I’ve been on set more times then I ever was in Chicago, I’ve made new friends, fallen in love with the mountains and the weed and hopefully someday I will have sex again. And then get pregnant. And he’ll be like, “fine, let’s do this” and then I’ll have a family and maybe buy a home so that my lover and my baby can stay there while I’m away continuing to kick ass. Or I’ll just freeze my eggs and win an Emmy.

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

A: Well, my first thought was to be an improv instructor for adults with disabilities but that’s still comedy. I guess I would just want to help people. Maybe work as a social worker or at a women’s shelter. So, Patch Adams? Do I still have time to go to med school?

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

A: Oh man, so many. I want to sell a show, keep putting up my play, get a stand up special! Just continue to find ways to use my gift to heal people. I think making someone else laugh and forget about their own shit for a moment is the whole point.

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

A: Well, right now I am feeling myself. I’ve lost over 45 pounds since moving to LA, so all of me? This hottie is wearing crop tops and shopping in the juniors section ooohhkurr! I love Kohl’s. About two years ago I decided I didn’t want to have to wear Spanx under my clothes to feel comfortable in my own skin so I started working out and eating better and I have never put on shapewear again. I also like my ability to hustle and be someone that people can count on. Just because my heart has been broken doesn’t mean I’ll stop loving people with my whole heart.

Q: What’s one thing you wish more people knew about you?

A: I had a pretty rough year last year. My whole world was turned upside down and I am different now. I learned a lot about my own strength and in the last three years or so I started asking for help and I think that’s so important. Therapy is important. Being honest and leaning on friends and family doesn’t make you weak. I still think crystals are just fucking rocks but I do believe more in manifestation and trusting the universe. I think we are all so powerful if we allow ourselves to be.

Q: How will you know you “Made It?”

A: I don’t think ever, right? No matter how much success any of us get we always want the next thing. Oh wait, I know! The day I can afford my own cell phone plan and can get off my dad’s. I dream of the day he asks me for my share on the first of the month and I can give him the middle finger and be like, “Nah, I’ve got my own plan, bitch.”

Q: Please list ways people can stalk you.

A: For all of my projects and shows current, past and upcoming please visit my website www.caseynavarro.com I work really hard on it and only my mom visits it based on the data from Squarespace. @caseysbits for gram. I just started learning how to do the story thing so please follow if you want! I also booked a national commercial at the end of last year that should come out soon for Ally Bank!


COMING UP

  • 02.17.2019 – 12:00 @ The Scramble Comedy Brunch at The Pack Theater in LA
    (6470 Santa Monica Blvd.)
  • 02.18.2019 – 21:00 @ Syndicate Comedy at Larry’s in Venice, CA
    (24 Windward Ave.)
  • 02.22.2019 – 21:00 @ The Second City’s Ex-Pat All-Stars in LA
    (6560 Hollywood Blvd.)
  • 02.23.2019 – 19:00 @ The Ice House Comedy Club in Pasadena, CA
    (24 N. Mentor Ave.)
  • 2nd Saturdays – 19:00 @ Bad Sides at ACME Comedy NoHo
    (5124 Lankershim Blvd.)
  • 2nd Saturdays – 20:00 @ Out Loud, In Public at ACME Comedy NoHo
    (5124 Lankershim Blvd.)

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