Laura Peek is a comic living in Los Angeles. She was named one of the 50 best undiscovered comics in the country by Thrillist, and was featured in the 2019 Limestone and Laughing Skull comedy festivals. She wants to make you happy!
She's on our show on tonight with Amy Silverberg & Mike Abrusci.
We caught up with her to ask a few questions.
asembl: How long have you been doing standup comedy?
LP: About 4 years.
asembl: What’s the best gig you ever had? The worst?
LP: Most fun I've ever had was some silly house party show that just felt great, ya know? Met a lot of nice people and did a good job. Sometimes shows just feel good. Worst set I've ever had was at a bar where a man yelled during my set that I should "talk about my body more!"
asembl: A lot of comics have been doing outdoor gigs since the pandemic struck. If you’ve done any, how terrible has that been?
LP: They have all been fun! Even if you don't have the best set, it feels good to get to do comedy in person, and people seem eager to laugh.
asembl: Other than yourself, name a comedian that nobody knows today but you think everybody will know in two years.
LP: KC Shornima, out of Memphis, lives in Nashville. So funny and good.
asembl: What early trauma was most influential in bringing you to stand up comedy?
LP: Alcoholism, baby!
asembl: Which comics have influenced you the most?
LP: Michelle Wolf, Kate Berlant, Patton Oswalt, Beth Stelling, Maya Rudolph.
asembl: Which of the following is the threshold at which you consider a gig to be well paid?
(a) Having to pay to perform.
(b) Not getting anything.
(c) Few free drinks.
(d) Any money at all.
(e) $20 or more.
LP: Would have to say between a few free drinks and any money at all. Anyone who answers "having to pay to perform" should seek help.
asembl: How has the pandemic impacted you creatively? Are you writing more, less or the same now?
LP: It's been peaks and valleys. I started writing a ton at the beginning but it mostly just turned into bad journaling. On a more regular comedy writing schedule now, but still not up to pre-pandemic times!
asembl: How have you adjusted to Zoom therapy / AA / etc.?
LP: Gave up on Zoom therapy veryyyy quickly. Couldn't stop staring at myself in the screen and figured that was a bad sign.
asembl: Best puppet based sitcom: Alf or Unhappily Ever After?
LP: Have seen neither and would like to meet the person who chose this as the final question.
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