08 Mar

Chicago’s Comic: Mary Collie

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

A: I was always a shy kid that was quietly funny. When people did catch my asides, they were almost in shock. I was thrilled by the idea of a platform that automatically calls people to listen.

Q: Describe your first performance.

A: I was sixteen and wrote a ten minute set to perform at my high school’s drama club banquet. The audience loved it and I had a ton of fun but I would never do any of those jokes today. Of the ones I can remember, they are cringe-inducing.

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

A: I think about the audience and curate a set I think they will enjoy. I do a personal rehearsal at home and try to make sure I’m hitting the time I’m allotted so that I’m being respectful of the producers’ requests. Of course, I realize there may be some improvisation but it helps me feel prepared.

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

A: My favorite performance was at Laughing Liberally in Milwaukee, WI. The audience was with me the whole time and I felt very proud, especially because most of the material was new.

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

A: I currently co-host and co-produce The Comedy Bowl and the Tamale Hut Showcase!

Q: What are three of your favorite things?

A: My mother, my boyfriend and my boyfriend’s cats.

Q: What is your favorite sammich?

A: I prefer a burger from FatDuck in Forest Park, IL.

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

A: I have resting bitch face and a dry demeanor, so a lot of people either make assumptions about me or don’t approach me at all but I try to be kind and welcoming to everyone.

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

A: For most of my life, I thought I would be a cartoonist or an animator. I’d probably also like to work in fashion or makeup.

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

A: I love to travel and did six comedy festivals in 2018 in Kansas, Maryland, Indiana and Wisconsin. I want to keep traveling and perform internationally.

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

A: I have nice skin (insert Buffalo Bill joke).

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

A: I believe it’s important to take care of your mental health, especially when you’re a stand-up comedian. Performing is therapeutic but it shouldn’t be your only form of self-care.

Q: How will you know you “Made It?”

A: There are a lot of aspects to performing that are out of my control. I mostly want to be a working artist, whether it’s through acting, stand-up or writing.


  • 3.16 – 19:00 – Gilda’s LaughFest in Grand Rapids, MI
    (505 Ball Ave.)
  • 03.17.2019 – 20:30 @ Sunday Night Funnies in Wyoming, MI
    (5656 Clyde Park Ave.)
  • 03.22.2019 – 19:00 @ Tamale Hut Showcase in Riverside, IL
    (8300 Cermak Rd.)
  • 03.23.2019 – 24:00 @ Dang Hot Bits at iO Chicago
    (1501 N. Kingsbury Ave.)
  • 04.02.2019 – 20:00 @ The Comedy Bowl at Diversey River Bowl
    (2211 W. Diversey Ave.)
  • 05.11.2019 – 19:30 @ Tight Five Monsters at The Second City
    (230 W. North Ave.)


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