01 Mar

Chicago’s Comic: Suz Ballout

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

A: When I was in college I took an acting class and absolutely loved it. I was in a play when I felt stuck creatively and needed to get out of my comfort zone in some sort of way, and what a perfect way to do that then to try stand-up! I love making people laugh and always felt like I was the class clown so it was definitely inevitable. I do have to say though if it weren’t for acting I don’t think I would have done stand-up.

Q: Describe your first performance.

A: I first did stand-up in Seattle at this place called the Comedy Underground. I only invited my two best friends because I was so afraid of bombing. I had no idea if people would laugh at my one joke because it took so long for me to get to my punchline. I have no idea if people were just drunk enough but I got a huge laugh and actually did okay my first time doing stand-up. I was so relieved and it was a great way to start my journey into stand-up.

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

A: I try to relax as much as possible. I can get really nervous before a show, so I hangout with friends and sometimes smoke to take my mind off of it.

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

A: Chicago has been my favorite place to do stand-up. I’ve met so many amazing people out here and they encourage me to be better and go out to more mics. Without them this scene would be lonely and I’m so excited to see where they go!

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

A: I host/co-produce Girl Gang on Thursdays at 10pm! I have a ton of projects in the works for 2019 and I’m so excited! Check out my Instagram for more updates!

Q: What are three of your favorite things?

A: Food, weed, sparkling water.

Q: What is your favorite sammich?

A: The God Father. It’s: Garlic mayo, pesto, roast beef, hard salami, parmesan and provolone cheese; toasted on a baguette, topped with lettuce and tomato! YUM! You can get it in Seattle at Tubs Gourmet Subs!

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

A: People always assume I’m white. I like to call myself an undercover white girl but I’m Lebanese!

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

A: I would probably have gone to LA and done the acting thing for a while. I’m glad I didn’t because I love Chicago so much.

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

A: I would love to tour across the country at well-known venues. That’s probably five years down the line but a huge goal of mine. I would also love to open for who I think is my comedy idol, Mona Aburmishan!

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

A: Honestly, my eyebrows have always been really important to me. I mean, I get them threaded and that is a constant reminder of how much I love them.

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

A: I’m all about making this comedy community grow and I want people to come to me if they have questions about getting into stand-up. It’s important to help each other out there. I also do this because it’s not about me. It’s about making people laugh and I just wanna spread laughter all across the world someday.

Q: How will you know you “Made It?”

A: When I’m continuously getting work in stand-up that I never have a day off in my life.


  • 03.05.2019 – 20:00 @ The Comedy Bowl at Diversey River Bowl
    (2211 W. Diversey Ave.)
  • Thursdays – 22:00 @ Girl Gang at iO Chicago
    (1501 N. Kingsbury Ave.)


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