The Sound of Music
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Fill us in on what you've been up to since your season of LCS ended?
Since "Last Comic Standing" I've moved to LA. I got to be a part of VH-1's "Big in 06" show, where I got to meet several "Deal or No Deal" girls as well as New York from "I Love New York." Being on TV is one thing, meeting New York...well, that was a dream come true. I'm played frequently on XM and Sirius satellite radio on the Comedy Channel and National Lampoon's Comedy Radio, and I appeared on "Comics Unleashed" with Byron Allen. I recorded a comedy CD "Buckle Up" which was nationally distributed on Uproar Records. Most of the time, I've spent touring. I've toured 42 states including Alaska and Hawaii, playing comedy clubs and colleges. I have met a ton of great people, and had a blast along the way. Right now, I'm working on a new CD, so keep an eye out for that.... and keep an eye out for me on the old picture tube.
How did LCS change your life?
Last Comic was truly a dream come true experience. Up until then I had lived in Texas. I had been doing comedy in the Midwest for six years driving to each gig by car, sometimes 12-15 hours between gigs. I had no manager, no agent, no money. I was playing any comedy club that would book me, and working at a movie theatre to try and make rent. When LCS held the audition in Austin that year, I went in the hopes of maybe impressing the club owner and hopefully getting a booking out of it. I had no expectations of actually making the show.
Being on the show was a wonderful experience. I came out of it with a new confidence that enabled me to move to Los Angeles and finally throw my hat in the ring. The celebrities in Hollywood and the people I knew in Texas really aren't that different. At the end of the day, they all go back to their trailers.
What's it like being on the road? Is being a professional comic all it's cracked up to be? No pun intended.
I've been on the road now for eight years. Being a road comic truly is the best of times and the worst of times. You spend 90% of the time traveling and 10% on stage. The travel is grueling, you can't eat very well, you're always half exhausted, but the shows make it worth the trip. Whether you're playing a sold-out theater in Boston, or a smoky comedy club in Wichita, the joy of playing the road is all about those moments on stage. You meet interesting people from all walks of life, and though you're usually alone, you always know you're about to make some new friends.
Tell us a funny LCS story that fans never got to see happen on air?
Josh Blue and I became instant BFF's on the show and were always getting into some kind of trouble. One night during a head-to-head that neither of us were involved with, we decided to steal a cooler of beer from the theater. There's no way for a tall skinny girl and a guy with CP to go un-noticed with a giant cooler of beer, and sure enough we were caught by none other than the show's executive producer Barry Katz. I, being that girl from Texas, had absolutely no idea who he was. He had a badge around his neck that read CREW. So, when he said "Where are you guys going with that?" I said, "Hey, you're crew, you should help us carry it." Josh looked at me and said "Dude, that's Barry Katz!" I looked at Barry, still not making the connection and said "Oh, loved the cartoon." Josh laughed and said, "No, you're thinking of Dr. Kats." I said, "Who cares, let's go." I guess Barry was so confused by it, he totally let us go. Sorry Barry. Love you Joshie.
Any parting words of advice to would-be comedians?
I'm with Corey on this one.....if there's anything else you love more...do that. But to the few the strong the proud who just can't do that....have a lot of faith, or move in with someone you're dating. That's a good way to make ends meet on the way up....or marry someone with a good job, otherwise you'll never have health insurance. Good luck.