24 Aug

Chicago’s Comic: Lia Berman

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

A: I have ALWAYS loved stand-up. Always. But it was my cousin David and I talking one day. He wanted to pursue his photography passion and told me that I should pursue comedy. I started looking for open mics in Chicago that night.

Q: Describe your first performance.

A: ELECTRIC! It was for the Edge Comedy Club at the Chicago Center for the Performing Arts. I had practiced my set for weeks. My cat was getting sick of hearing it. All my best friends, my uncle and cousins bought tickets. It was a five minute set that felt like thirty minutes. Quite honestly, it was one of the best and most defining moments of my life. Not because they were the best jokes, but because I was going after something that I really wanted. I remember shaking as I got off the stage, pulling out my pink razor phone and calling my mom. “Mom… I killed it…”

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

A: I DO! First, it’s a large Regular coffee from Dunkin Donuts (for those of you not from Boston, that is cream and sugar). As I am driving or going to the venue, I always play The Rolling Stones’ “Gimmie Shelter.” After that, I immediately change to Ike and Tina Turner’s “Proud Mary.” I am ready to go after that.

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

A: I would have to say The Laugh Factory Chicago, only because I have not been on that stage very much. The couple of times I have been asked to perform there, I have been so honored to be on the stage and take it VERY seriously. I was 8 and a half months pregnant the last time I was there and remember thinking how cool it was that here I am all these years later at The Laugh Factory Chicago with my big belly! What a wild ride!

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

A: Five years ago, I started my own open mic at The Logan Theatre in Logan Square called “The Logan Lounge.” It is every Monday at 8:30PM and currently one of the longest running mics in the city. I am also the co-host of “Keith Paesel’s Podcast” and am starting my own podcast which will drop before the new year called “Parental Advisory.”

Q: What are three of your favorite things?

A: Coffee, my son laughing, and The Dave Matthews Band.

Q: What is your favorite sammich?

A: Easy! Get me a half pastrami half cornbeef on marble rye with a little mustard. And please add a kosher dill pickle to it. It is exactly what I ordered after I had my son.

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

A: I guess my age. I am a few months away from 39 but I get told all the time people think I am in my early 30’s. I’ll take it! But if we are talking more qualities, I suppose that because I am a comic, people assume I am not sensitive. I am incredibly emotional. I cried reading “Where the Wild Things Are” last night.

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

A: I have always and forever wanted to be a disc jockey. There is still time, right?

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

A: I would love to become a regular at the Laugh Factory in Chicago but with a full time job and a two-year-old, I may have to wait until he is out of diapers. I would love to see my podcast go someplace special. I am going to be putting a lot of work into it making sure it reaches as many as it can. I want my son to know that women are funny and that his mom is a funny girl.

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

A: It’s funny because I used to loathe it… but my HAIR! I used to despise having curly hair, I would straighten it or throw a entire bottle of gel in it. Now, I say the bigger the better!

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: I suppose I would want everybody to know that I am a really good friend. I want to be the person that people feel they can come to. When all is said and done, I never want anybody saying, “Well, she was just out for herself.” Nope. I am on everybody’s team.

Q: How will you know you “Made It?”

A: When my son brags about me. That is how I will know I made it. That, or if I ever meet Bette Midler. If I met Bette Midler, I cant even think about it… I start shaking.


COMING UP

  • Mondays: The Logan Lounge Open Mic — The Logan Theatre
  • 9.13.2018: “The Momedians of Momedy” — Davenport’s Piano Bar

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