22 Jun

Chicago’s Comic: Scott Duff

Scott Duff
Chicago’s Comic
Week of June 22nd, 2018

Meet Chicago’s own comedian to watch—Scott Duff.

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

A: I kind of fell into stand-up. I started my performing career as an actor who was cast primarily for comic relief. I was fortunate enough to work at some of the best theatres in Chicago. I moved to Memphis for 8 years, and, when I moved back, I had a hard time finding work. Laugh Factory had recently opened and they wanted to do a night of queer comedy since they were so close to Boystown. Somehow they found me and they pulled me into this crazy world.

Q: Describe your first performance?

A: My first time doing stand-up was as host of CHIGAYGO at Laugh Factory. And I didn’t bomb! The second time… that’s another story.

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

A: For a while, I would have a copy of my set in my back pocket. I wouldn’t look at it but it was always there to let me know I’ve got this.

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

A: Chicago. Always Chicago. This town understands that it is an art and there is an appreciation for what we do.

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

A: The KIKI: Queer Comedy with Variety (first Sunday of the month at Transistor in Anderson-ville). OUT CHICAGO: a weekly talk show for the LGBTQ community airing Sundays from 11am-1pm on WCPT Chicago’s Progressive Talk.

Q: What are three of your favorite things?

A: Bon Appétit magazine, The Real Housewives of NYC and Beverly Hills, my dog, Emmett Otter.

Q: What is your favorite sammich?

A: Patty Melt.

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

A: I’m pretty much a stereotype… so, most of what people assume is true.

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

A: Celebrity chef.

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

A: Host a talk show on TV. Star in a sitcom. Take over the world through gay comedy.

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

A: I’m kind and have great legs.

Q: How will you know you “Made It?”

A: When people quote my jokes


  • 6.27.2018 “Wednesday Sass” – Uptown Underground
  • 6.30.2018 “The Queer as Fuck Show” – The Second City
  • 7.1.2018 “The KIKI” – Transistor Chicago
  • 7.11.2018 “Comedians You Should Know” – Timothy O’Toole’s
  • 7.18.2018 “Verified Laughs” – Laugh Factory



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