Amanda Gail is a NYC/Hoboken based stand up comedian, writer, producer and podcaster. She can be seen every Thursday in Hoboken performing at her own show SHOWBOKEN. Her writing can be seen on Reductress.com and other tweets floating around the internet. Her opinions on current events can be heard on the Compound Media Network.
We caught up with her to ask a few questions.
asembl: How long have you been doing standup comedy?
AG: 3 years on November 14!
asembl: What’s the best gig you ever had? The worst?
AG: Best: A sorority fundraiser at Rutgers University was a lot of fun! College kids get a bad rep for being triggered easily, but they weren’t at all! They were a lot of fun! They fed and paid us. Any gig I get paid and get free food somehow makes embarrassing myself on stage all worth it!
Worst: A show for a church fundraiser in Ohio on one of the hottest days on record. Hopefully they raised enough money for an AC. Somehow they couldn’t relate to a single Jewish girl from Jersey. The good thing is I finally met a group of people that found me less funny than my entire family!
asembl: A lot of comics have been doing outdoor gigs since the pandemic struck. If you’ve done any, how terrible has that been?
AG: They have been great! I prefer the outdoors. Specifically, I love performing at the Tiny Cupboard in Brooklyn, NY. It’s a rooftop venue overlooking the NYC skyline. Really cool hang and the owners Matt and Amy love and take care of comedians. I’ve never had or seen a bad show there. If I ever do bad show, there’s conveniently a roof to jump off of! (kidding…kind of )
asembl: Other than yourself, name a comedian that nobody knows today but you think everybody will know in two years.
AG: Usama Siddiquee has everything going for him to be a household name.
asembl: What early trauma was most influential in bringing you to stand up comedy?
AG: Being born was pretty traumatic. I prefer warmth so leaving the womb must have been like “wtf is going on” Seriously though I was born with a special talent of neurosis, over thinking and constantly analyzing the world around. That coupled with being told as a child that my opinion matters attracted me to standup comedy.
asembl: Which comics have influenced you the most?
AG: Chelsea Handler, Nikki Glaser, Joan Rivers.
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.
AG: Any money at all.
asembl: How has the pandemic impacted you creatively? Are you writing more, less or the same now?
AG: Since there aren’t as many venues opened, I am performing in the same shows with comedians that are way more veteran and talented than me. Watching them inspires me to write not only more, but better and be more discerning about my jokes and way of delivering them.
asembl: How have you adjusted to Zoom therapy / AA / etc.?
AG: If you can’t tell already, I don’t see a therapist. I will say that the option to have every interaction remotely is less stressful! I hate commuting anywhere! Having to get somewhere on time puts me in therapy.
asembl: Best puppet based sitcom: Alf or Unhappily Ever After?
AG: Alf! What a cutie!
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