How I Got into Standup (with Video)

It was all one crazy accident after another.

In January of 2013 I got a text from my friend Katy asking me to be in the Weinbach musical Made in China with her. I hadn’t been on a stage since high school 13 years ago, but she knew I had always wanted to get back in the spotlight. One of their cast members had dropped out due to illness and I recognized this for what it was – an open invite from the Universe. I joined the players three weeks before opening night and had a blast.

A few of the cast members worked at Cobb’s and Punch Line, the two best-known comedy venues in San Francisco, and they got me into a lot of comedy shows for free. This inspired me to start thinking of jokes in my everyday life. Washing dishes and falling asleep are actually my two most productive comedy-writing times. It’s true!

Gabby Poccia, a fellow cast member, comedian, and now friend, was heading to an open mic on a Monday night, and I tagged along. On the way to the bar, I told her that I thought it would be really fun to do a set, and she encouraged me to put my name on the list. I then improved the following:

After my set, Stroy Moyd, a local comedian and producer came up to me and asked me if I would like to be in his show later that month. I ended up doing three shows for him that year. The rest is history.

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