Q: What inspired you to start stand-up comedy?
A: I’ve always watched stand-up even when I was young and didn’t fully understand the jokes. So when I was 27 and incredibly de-pressed, I tried stand-up one June and it stuck.
Q: Describe your first performance.
A: My first performance was at an open mic and I was mad my friends showed up because I didn’t want pity laughs. I didn’t tell any-one it was my first time performing, although I’m sure it showed, and went up on stage and did the material I had rehearsed all week. People genuinely laughed at my jokes which surprised me. I immediately went home, watched Comedian for the millionth time and wrote more material. I was hooked.
Q: Do you have “pre-show” rituals? If so, what are they?
A: My pre-show ritual is to imagine what a good time in that space looks like. Then I imagine what can I add to it. That’s how I figure out my set. I watch and listen to the room.
Q: Where in the world is your favorite place to perform stand-up? Why is this your favorite place?
A: I don’t have a favorite place, but one of my favorite experiences was performing with Edwin San Juan in Vegas. He let me get up in Vegas on The Strip and was so incredibly nice and funny as hell.
Q: What shows, podcasts, blogs do you produce or co-produce?
A: I produce a show with Alexes Elizabeth called City of Lights Com-edy in Aurora, IL. It’s the second Saturday of every month. I co-produce a podcast with Aimee Blaze called The Happy Corner pod-cast. It’s up on iTunes.
Q: What are three of your favorite things?
A: 1. Meditation and reflection. 2. Doing something outdoors. 3. My mom’s cooking.
Q: What is your favorite sammich?
A: Any sandwich I can dip.
Q: What’s one thing people assume about you, that is or isn’t true?
A: Ha! There’s a lot, but that I’m serious all the time. I’m not always expressive, but a majority of the time I’m joking. I don’t take myself as serious as people think.
Q: If you weren’t a comic, what other job would you love to do?
A: After having so many jobs, honestly, something in the culinary field.
Q: What are some comedy goals/dreams you have on your To Do List?
A: My main goal is to be undeniably funny. Everything else will fall into place after that.
Q: What quality, trait and/or body part do you really like about yourself?
A: A quality I like about myself is my will power. If I want to achieve something, it’s going to happen.
Q: What’s one thing you wish more people knew about you? [or anything else you’d like mentioned, i.e. your education, personal life or mission statement]
A: Even though I’m laid back, I’m competitive and can’t stand mediocrity.
Q: How will you know you “Made It?”
A: I’ll know when the 9-5 is no longer needed.
- Every second Saturday: “City of Lights Comedy Night” — O’Malley’s Pub & Eatery, Aurora, IL