Natalie Gregory : Comedian You Should Know
Comic: Natalie Gregory
Where are you from: Menlo Park, CA
Where was your first set, and how did it go?
My first actual set was in the Belly Room at The Comedy Store. It went pretty well, I talked about waiting tables…people love server rants. I had another set in the Belly Room about a year later where I bombed horribly and didn’t do stand-up for over a year. So there’s that fond memory too.
So you’re a lady stand-up comic (we noticed) what’s that like being around all those dicks all the time?
I have such respect for anyone who tries to get up and make people laugh. But to be honest, we started our show because we got a little tired of going to open mics and hearing a lot of young, male comedians talking about their dicks. Obviously not all the guys do this, but there are certain mics where you feel like you’re the only girl in the room. We wanted to create a show with a different perspective but also a positive vibe, and I think we’ve found something really special. Both the audience and comedians are digging it and people are pumped about the show, which is awesome.
“We started our show because we got a little tired of going to open mics and hearing a lot of young, male comedians talking about their dicks”
Where do you perform regularly?
I host a show at Bar Lubitsch in West Hollywood with a couple friends of mine called Ladies Mic. We primarily feature female comedians but sometimes we feature a guy in the line-up to keep it interesting. We’re all about equal opportunity.
“The anniversary celebration show of ‘Ladies Mic’ in West Hollywood is next Tuesday June 28th with Natalie & Hayley Terris, Mav Viola, & Brittany Felton“
Worst experience on the road?
I’m still pretty new, technically only a few years in, so I’ve only performed in LA. But the road is intriguing to me and I’d love to get to a place where I’m on it one day. Since I’m from the Bay, I’d absolutely love to perform there. So many San Francisco jokes are already popping into my head.
What was your first job job?
Don’t know if I’ve ever had a real jobby job, I’ve had a series of day jobs, often in restaurants, that have always paid the bills but haven’t exactly fulfilled me creatively. My first job out of college that was a great place to work was Little Star Pizza on Divisadero in San Francisco. It felt like a family and I made lifelong friends there. Everyone was creative in some way, musicians, photographers, artists, dancers. It was definitely inspiring and just an all around good time. We were also a very sarcastic crew, so we laughed a lot.
Do you have a favorite 1 liner?
I don’t know about one-liners, but the first thing that came to me was this old joke:
“why do women wear make-up and perfume? Cuz they’re ugly and they stink. That joke still gets me every time. And I’m a feminist.”
What’s your favorite joke in your set right now?
I really like this bit I have where I say dating is a big game I like to call “what should I text him?” Because that’s how it’s all done now, no one calls each other anymore. You know, why have a conducive conversation when you can type to people in run-on sentences and mediocre cartoons? It’s better this way, nothing is misconstrued.
Whose a performer you’re embarrassed to like?
Dane Cook. I know a lot of people hate him, but he’s got some good jokes. I remember finding a clip of him dealing with a heckler on YouTube and I was dying by the end of it. Of course, he didn’t match with me on Bumble, so fuck him. Kidding! No but seriously, I found him on Bumble. He didn’t swipe me.
Funniest thing on TV right now?
Very very tricky. I LOVE Bojack Horseman, although Zach Galifianakis’s show Baskets is climbing the charts. I hear Maria Bamford’s new show is hilarious but I haven’t seen it yet. The new season of Silicon Valley is killing it too. But if I’m being brutally honest, I’ve been in a Bloodline binge watching vortex.
Your Top 5 Comedians of all time?
So hard! I should have more women on this list, but at the moment they are (and it’s always changing)….
Catch Natalie at:
Ladies Mic ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY PARTY SHOW
Bar Lubitsch 7702 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood
Lineup: Natalie Gregory, Karen Forman, Sherra Lasley, Brittany Felton, Hayley Terris, Mav Viola and Jules Posner
$10, no drink minimum
Ladies Mic presents: That Time of the Month
A variety show celebrating badass creative women, featuring music, storytelling, films, and interviews. Show will be recorded for a new podcast
@ Open Space – 457 North Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles