Katie Hartman is an actor AND comedian LIVING in New York city. She was selected to perform at Just For Laughs in Montreal as one of the New Faces of Comedy: Characters of 2018. She was a staff writer and performer on the WGA nominated Paid Off with Michael Torpey on truTV. Her sketch duo, Skinny Bitch Jesus Meeting has been a critic’s pick in Time Out New York, Washington Post, and Charleston City Paper.
Describe your worst gig.
The show itself was fine but my sketch duo performed in what was once a church, midday in Washington DC in the middle of July. Without air conditioning. We had on so many layers for quick changes and every one of those costumes was soaked in sweat 15 minutes in. That poor audience was also so miserably hot and would smile instead of laugh.
Favorite response to a heckler or troll?
Why are you here?
What were you like as a teen? (Did you have comedy #goals? Were you already funny, or not so much?)
I did theater and improv in my teens and took it way too seriously. Honestly, not much has changed… except now I make more poop jokes.
What’s your first impulse when someone says “women aren’t funny”?
When you were coming up in comedy, what helped you stick with it?
I was lucky enough to start doing sketch with a good friend from college. We had the most fun writing , rehearsing and doing shows. Our comedy partnership and friendship really helped me get though the shit times. And still does!
Best comedy advice you ever got?
Keep your eyes on your own paper. Don’t get upset over other peoples’ successes. Do the work, keep getting better.
Worst comedy advice you ever got?
“Do it more like this guy!”
How has being funny helped you in your offstage life, either recently or when you were younger?
What a terrible answer but… being funny helped me get laid. I should caveat that by saying I’m a bit of a serial monogamist but being funny has probably been the thing to attract anyone because I have a terrible personality.
Feelings about the word “comedienne”?
Not into it. Too French.
On your deathbed, what transcendent advice would you croak at a young (female/non-binary) comedian?
Don’t give a fuck about what anyone else thinks.
What single word always cracks you up?
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