Interview for Elizabeth Church at The Wicked Pour House
We sat down with Elizabeth Church after her show at the Broadway Comedy Club. We discuss comedy business, comedic influences, and her ultimate goal.
What do you wish someone had told you about show business before you entered it?
At my first open mic, I wish Someone would have told me how much time to prepare, and that they will shine a light when your time is up, and that the lights can practically be blinding, I did go over my time the first time. but the next one, I prepared less time, and there was a great audience, that is the Day that I fell in love with Stand Up Comedy and bringing people together through laughter.
Where do you get your material
I believe there is no original thought or theory but there can be an original interpretation, Most of the Comedy writing is just about viewing and interpreting things in a way that most people don’t, and turning that thought into a joke…. at other times, I just have a joke and or a premise pop in my head out of nowhere, so I sit down and work on my writing, to get the wording right, then I test it out at an open mic or Facebook, before adding it to a show.
What happens if they don’t laugh
There are going to be times for every Comedian that the audience is listening more and not laughing to every joke. Each audience is a different crowd, and not all the time my set works the best to a particular audience. But I notice that if I keep my stage presence and continue a strong delivery, the laughs do come back. just because one joke does not work, does not mean another won’t kill.
Who would you say are your influences in the comedy world?
David Spade, Adam Sandler, Will Ferrell, Louis CK, Amy Schumer, Sinbad, Rob Schneider, Loni love, Lynne Koplitz, Judy Gold, aBrad Loekle, there are so many this is just naming a few.
What is one of your more embarrassing memories from childhood?
This is probably the most embarrassing moment of my whole life, I was in Second grade in assembly, I was asked to hold up sign and stand in line in front of the whole second grade, but before I went up, I asked the Teacher if I could use the bathroom, she said no, and made me stand in front of everyone, I could not hold it, you can guess what happened next and on top of that, I tried to run out of the room and slipped in my puddle. SMH….. in hindsight that Teacher was a terrible Person.
What are the most important rules you live by?
I am big on honesty, and kindness, I don’t trust anyone who does not display these two things. I also think that there are unenlightened and enlightened People, what separates the two kinds of People I believe are having qualities of Common Sense, Common Courtesy, tact, and timing, having a sense of empathy and sympathy, and the ability to take responsibility for their actions. These are the kind of People that I surround myself with.
What was your favorite book as a kid, and what does that say about you?
Steven King’s Christine, that probably says that I can not only be interested in Comedy writing but that I can respect and take an interest in writing that is a little on the darker side.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten?
“never judge someone Who is not doing anything to hurt themselves or others”.
Given your feelings about the state of our culture, how do you avoid despair?
I avoid spending my time worrying about things that are completely out of my control and focusing on my goals, dreams and the positive things that are happening in this world.
What three things would you take with you to a deserted island?
water, food, and of course lots of weed (for medicinal reasons, of course)
Do you have any quotes that you live your life by or think of often?”
Yes, my favorite quote is “there is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance.”~ Socrates
I like to add that I feel that when knowledge is shown to someone and they choose ignorance, that is the definition of stupidity.
How to handle hecklers from the stage?
I only had that happen one time, when a guy sat down in the middle of my set, and yelled out Something, it was hard to hear what he said, so I just stopped talking and the silence of the room and the stares from everyone seemed to embarrass him and make him stop, I then just ignored Him and kept going, He listened and laughed and was respectful after that and He even shook my hand after my set.
“What advice would you give your younger self?”
To always be yourself and to use tunnel vision to work on goals and dreams, avoiding negative and judgmental People, also surround Yourself with other goal-oriented and positive People, those are the People Who will lift You up instead of bringing You down.
What most important lesson you learned in comedy?
Stage presence, delivery, timing and joke structure are very important, but it is equally important to believe in Yourself and have confidence in Your material, I believe that we are People of energy and People tend to feel about You based on how You feel about yourself, I think People can sense it.
Advice to your younger self just starting in comedy career?
I feel that People who heckle others are the People Who don’t work on their own dreams, but see you that you are working on Your own, this can make them Jealous and hateful, even though it has nothing to do with You on a Personal level. These kind of People are usually untalented themselves and they do try to tear You down even if you are great at what you do, so avoid these People, and never let sexist People make You feel untalented or unfunny based on their thinking and ignorance that women are unfunny. Always be proud to be a Female Comedian.
How long do you spend developing material?
I try to work on writing jokes every day, and once a year I go through all my notes and put together new sets. I will be doing this soon, that part usually takes a few hours, sorting through and changing and mixing up older sets.
What’s your drink of choice?
Water and coffee in the Morning and a beer at Night.
Greatest cartoon of all time?
Let’s say you could live the life of any animal in the wilderness for one day: What would it be?
I would definitely be like a hawk or an eagle, I would love to fly around all day.
So the stereotype of comedians being horribly depressed and neurotic is true?
The reason why people continue to pursue Comedy I believe is because it is addictive, and brings a high. I personally am not a depressed Person but if I don’t work on Comedy, I loose that High feeling and I do get a little depressed and neurotic. So in a way for me that is true, working on my goals and dreams keeps those feeling that way and keeps me balanced.
Do you ever get tired of being a comedian?
Definitely not, it just gets more addictive, and I just want to do it more and more. It can just be tiring being a Comedian since I balance Stand Up and my own Comedy Productions, as well work a regular job and I am a full-time mom.
So at the end of your day, what’s your ultimate goal?
The most important are that I did a good job being a mom, and raising my boys right. as a Comedian on Social media, I hope to make People forget about their problems even if it’s just for a moment and hopefully get them to smile and or laugh, with my silliness. I also like to have all of my Comedy Productions projects caught up on since I feel there are a lot of Comedians who rely on me to put these shows together.
What would you say troubles you the most about the world today?
A number of People without the proper food water and shelter, there are way too many homeless people and animals.
I feel like lately, and I don’t if it has always been this strong and social media is exposing it, but it seems in my opinion racism, sexism and hatred against the LGBT community has increased however I feel that recognizing People like this and being aware is bringing those that are loving,
kind and non-judgmental together in unison.
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