One on One with Comedian Erin Foley

Best known for her stand up, Erin Foley is a big comedy star on the rise. She has been featured on Chelsea Lately, Premium Blend, Conan, Comedy Central Presents and Mash Up and continues to perform in NYC comedy clubs regularly. Get to know more about her in our exclusive interview and make sure to check her out when she comes to Seattle on October 11th! 


SamraMengistu: I read that you attended a small liberal arts college. While in college did you know you wanted to be a comedian? How did you become interested in stand up comedy?

Erin Foley: I attended Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA. I didn't know I wanted to be a stand up comic in college; however, I was a member of an Improv Comedy Troupe called "Run With It." I loved performing improv and when I moved to New York City after college, I continued to do improv shows. The shows were at a comedy club, and it was there that I discovered stand up comedy. I watched shows for almost a year before trying it. After my first show, I was hooked.


SM: In interviews and in your stand up, you talk openly about your life. Do you think there are positive and negative aspects of comedians talking about their personal lives in their comedy?

EF: In my opinion, there are only positive aspects when a comic decides to talk about their life experiences. It makes their performance unique, and it gives the audience a real sense of who they are as a person. For me, I'd rather hear about relationships then road signs... although road signs are kind of awesome. Of course, personal stories or not, it still has to be funny.


SM: Using three words, how would you describe your comedy?

EF: UN FUCKING BELIEVABLE (kidding) Observational Political Whoopee Cushionish


SM: Who is your favorite stand up comedian and why?

EF: Maria Bamford, she's a dream sequence. She is all parts smart, honest, poignant, imaginative, brilliant and silly. I think she might be from the future.


SM: You were in Almost Famous, one of my favorite movies. Do you see yourself doing more acting in the future?

EF: I have one lady foot in and out of acting. Not sure what the future holds but if the right part comes along and I have some slacks that are pressed, who knows!


SM: Do you ever get nervous before performing?

EF: I threw up in my mouth just thinking about answering these questions. Yes, there are nerves, but in a good way. More like "I have a show and I'm nervous/excited" and less like "I have a show and I want to throw myself off the balcony".


SM: What do you think of Seattle? Are you excited for your visit in October?

EF: I heart Seattle. I've been in and out of your amazing city for the past 7 or 8 years. I might argue that Seattle (on a sunny day, drinking a Manny's Pale Ale) might be one of the most beautiful cities in the world. I can't wait!

Erin will perform in Seattle at Theater Off Jackson on October 11th, 2013 at 7:30pm for her "Lower the Bar Comedy Tour."


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