Ashley Hamilton is a stand up comedian and writer from Chicago, IL who started performing in sunny Los Angeles. In LA, she ran a monthly show at UCB Franklin, hosted regularly at the Chatterbox in Covina, CA, and performed at the Hollywood Improv. Recently, she relocated to New York City and can be seen performing 7 nights a week all around New York. She contributes writing and videos to ManRepeller.com and hosts a podcast called Hold on One Second We’re Talking About Britney Spears, the world’s only oral history of Britney Spears in podcast form. She has performed all around the country and recently appeared at the Broke LA festival in Los Angeles and The Big Sky Comedy festival in Billings, MT. Follow her!
What’s the best way for standups to level up from open mics + “bringer” shows to “real” shows?
Support rooms, be funny, don’t try to tailor a good “show set.” Just work on getting funnier in general and it’ll happen.
Describe your worst gig.
On your deathbed, what transcendent advice would you croak at a young (female/LGBTQI) comedian?
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?
Best comedy advice you ever got?
Worst comedy advice you ever got?
How has being funny helped you in your offstage life, either recently or when you were younger?
Was there one person who inspired you to become a comedian? If so, who, why, how?
Feelings about the word “comedienne”?
Too many letters.