Audrey Mora is a writer, and stand-up comedian; she has been writing and producing comedy for the past 4 years, and she has been performing since she was 8 years old. She’s been featured in New York Times, wrote an article for Teen Vogue, published a book with Poets & Writers and NYC Council Arts. Audrey’s comedy focuses on her journey from Aguascalientes Mexico, where she was the youngest of 8 kids, to America.
asembl: How long have you been doing standup comedy?
AM: Four years.
asembl: What’s the best gig you ever had? The worst?
AM: Apollo theater amateur night, I didn't win but it was cool to be there. I don't talk about the worst, it is experience.
asembl: A lot of comics have been doing outdoor gigs since the pandemic struck. If you’ve done any, how terrible has that been?
AM: The open mic came back to be that open mics. The shows at the beginning were so good, now I’m struggling again to get a real audience to come.
asembl: Other than yourself, name a comedian that nobody knows today but you think everybody will know in two years.
Guys: Matt Friend, Charles McBee
Ladies: Espi Rivadeneira, Leonarda Jonie
asembl: What early trauma was most influential in bringing you to stand up comedy?
AM: All my life is a trauma, but also with good memories. I will say I had a speech problem when I was little. I went to a place call CAPED over there I received speech therapy.
asembl: Which comics have influenced you the most?
AM: Lily Tomlin, Ali Wong, Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, Robin Williams
asembl: Which of the following is the threshold at which you consider a gig to be well paid?
o Having to pay to perform.
o Not getting anything.
o Few free drinks.
o Any money at all.
o $20 or more.
AM: The comedy scene is always complicated, and we know the first years we need to perform for free to build a reputation and followers. But I believe that at certain points, if I make you earn money and people actually come to see me, I deserve to get paid.
But look I love comedy so much that I don't argue, I know that one day everything will be back to me. I’m just enjoying the process of learning and growing in this business.
asembl: How has the pandemic impacted you creatively? Are you writing more, less or the same now?
AM: Most of the same, I have been writing more in spanish. I’m turning into an expert in broadcasting.
asembl: How have you adjusted to Zoom therapy / AA / etc.?
AM: No, I do need people around me.
asembl: Best puppet based sitcom: Alf or Unhappily Ever After?
AM: Alf, I don't remember seeing Mr. Floppy on the tv in Mexico, I knew about it when I came to the United States.
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