When I was in elementary school. I was kind of a chubby kid and humor is a great defense mechanism.
When did you start doing stand up?
I started doing standup my junior year of college right before I turned 21.
I think my first album I ever bought was Mitch Hedberg's Strategic Grill Locations. When I was a kid my favorites were him, Kathleen Madigan, Jim Gaffigan, and Demetri Martin.
Who do you watch now?
My favorites are currently Louie, John Mulaney, Hannibal Buress, and Chelsea Peretti. Some of my favorite comics I get to see regularly around the NYC scene are Andy Sandford, Josh Gondelman, and Mark Normand.
Obviously, doing stand up as a woman is different. I see it the most on the internet. It seems, to me, that fans are quicker to shoot down ideas or jokes that are about being a woman. My question to you is:
How much do you notice people treating you differently than men (if at all)?
I definitely get treated differently online than I do in person. I've really never experience blatant sexism in the NYC comedy scene, but online I feel like I tend to get more criticism about my appearance than my jokes.
And how much do you change the way you write and perform (if at all)?
It definitely hasn't.
Now that twitter is becoming an entire art-form in and of itself, how much time do you spend working on Twitter material versus stand up material?
The two coincide frequently actually. A lot of the time I'll work on the two together. I enjoy writing quick jokes, so sometimes if something does really well on Twitter, I'll put it into my act.
Personally, I hate Reddit because people are much quicker to criticize jokes and tell you exactly how and why you suck. Do you even look at that stuff, or do you just post a joke and forget about it?
I can't help myself. I almost always look at the comments. I really need to stop that.
Not too distant future (i.e. I'd like to be doing shows on the road in the next year or so)
I'd really like to get into the Bridgetown Comedy Festival. I've always wanted to visit Portland and my friends who've gone said it was a great opportunity.
Dreamin' Big (i.e. Do you want to do a movie someday or are you a pure stand up who dreams of Carnagie Hall?)
I would love to write for a late night show or a sitcom. I'll do standup until the day I die, but I also really enjoy writing sketches, monologue jokes, and storylines.
Last but not least, tell me your worst bombing story.
My first time I ever hosted a show when I was starting out, I had a friend from out of town watching and I think I messed up every single comic on the show's name and credits. Additionally, my set tanked. It was basically the worst.
Samantha hosts a show on the first Tuesday of every month, Creek Bros. (Next one is April 7th)
By: Jim Capie