What were you like as a teen?
I was very shy & reserved outside of the home, but was a bully to my little sisters and cousins.
Did you have an un-sexy starter job?
Waitressing at Friendly’s.
When you were coming up in comedy, what helped you stick with it?
Believing in myself & my funny.
Have you ever dealt with trolls?
A verbal spat between 2 audience members occurred during my set. I just made fun of the situation and got them to squash it. Got lucky. They both became the butt of every joke.
On your deathbed, what transcendent advice would you croak at a young comedian?
Use your voice because it’s very powerful & deserves to be heard.
Best comedy advice you ever got?
“Be sure & be clear.” -DL Hughley
Worst comedy advice you ever got?
Comedy is about the audience.
How has being funny helped you in your life, either recently or when you were younger?
It’s gotten me out of speeding tickets, gotten me promoted, and put me in the good graces of perfect strangers. It allows me to connect with people instantly.
What is your go-to show or movie to watch when you have had a bad day?
What specific things can a young comic or comedy writer do to shape their voice?
Don’t engage in self-censorship. Just be authentically you. And just keep getting up on stage.
Was there one person who inspired you to go into comedy?
My mom & then my best friend passing away were the main catalysts to my getting on stage because it forced me to deal with my own mortality. Knowing I’m going to die one day, gives me the courage to get on that stage. My aim is to limit my regrets. We have one life to live, so go for what makes you happy & brings you immense joy. Making people laugh does that for me.
Do you have a writing routine?
I aim to write one hour a day 6 days a week, whether it is jokes, or writing a scene in our next TV pilot. I can always be more disciplined in this area.
What single word always cracks you up?
Iregardless (obvi not a real word) 😜