This is one comedian who knows exactly how brave you will need to be in order to last in this business. As part of We Own The Laughs.com’s Comedian of the Day, have a few laughs and get to know comedian Brittany Brave. The Miami, FL native shares with us some of his favorite moments in stand-up comedy and lets us know how he owns the laughs.
Name: Brittany Brave
Hometown: Miami, FL/New York City, NY
Years in Comedy: 10+ Years
Haven’t we seen you somewhere before: TBS, MTV, SiriusXM, The Wendy Williams Show, The Jerry O Show, & NY Comedy Festival
Comedic Influences: Gilda Radner, Lucille Ball, Jessica Kirson, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Iliza, my mother, and my family
Favorite Comedy Album: Anything Richard Pryor
Favorite Comedy Special: So many of them! Iliza “Elder Millennial”, Chris DiStefano “Size 38 Waist”, Nate Bargatze “Full-Time Magic”, and many more.
Favorite Comedy Movie: Tie between Dying Laughing and Hysterical
Favorite Comedy TV Show: None of them they’re not real!
Favorite Comedic Character: Anything Kristin Wiig or Kate McKinnon come up with.
Favorite City to Perform In: My home cities of NYC and Miami. Honorable shoutouts to Chicago and Denver for being really fun too.
Favorite Topics to Joke About: My life and how my experiences relate to others, feminism, gender and sexuality, Italian culture and family, being a woman, and how it’s the biggest scam.
Favorite Type of Audience for a Comedy Show: Any audience ready for a comedy show.
Favorite Comedy Club: The Tiny Cupboard in NY, Villain Theater in Miami, Caroline’s on Broadway, iO in Chicago, Laugh Factory in Chicago.
How did you discover your passion for comedy:
I’ve always been a jokester and performer and total ham. I was involved in dance and modeling at an early age and come from a long line of funny people so the inspiration was everywhere.
What do you remember most about your first time performing stand-up comedy:
How naive I was. My first actual show was an audition for NY Comedy Festival and TBS’ Emerging Talent room. I got selected.
How would you describe your comedic style:
Raw, cerebral, high-energy, animated, insane, sassy, frenzied, charged, raunchy.
Describe your process for comedic writing:
I write a little bit every day in some capacity and I also write both literally and on stage. I often need to be hit with the inspiration to write in order to really sit down and crank out some jokes. I’d rather find inspiration organically.
Describe the comedy scene in your area:
NYC is and always will be the mecca. It’s got the best rooms, crowds, and comics and you really have to say something to make it there. It’s where I cut my teeth and honed material. Miami is flourishing. It has a scene it didn’t before and it’s so busy and positive and anxious to put itself on the map. The crowds are super crazy. and it requires a totally different skill set but it’s important to toughen up and learn how to manage a room.
How do you judge success in the world of comedy:
Set your own standards and be happy with what you’re doing and saying on stage. That’s it. Make a positive impact and have people remember and care about what it is you have to say.
Who are some of your comedic peers that you enjoy watching perform or inspire you personally and professionally:
I love watching other women in comedy. Down here in South Florida, I got connected to Kaycee Conlee and Cindy-ann Jane Boisson. Both are so phenomenally good; great writers and performers. I love watching my friends grow too; they’re all genuinely my favorite humans and comics and there’s a reason I keep those fuckers close.
What’s been your most memorable moment in comedy:
Toss up between my first open mic to my first time at Caroline’s.
What have you learned most from your failures in comedy:
How to be more honest with me and authentic with my craft. How to remember it’s not about me but it’s about other people and how we make them feel on stage. How to just loosen up and have fun.
How do people react towards you when they realize that you can make people laugh:
Bizarre. Never not awkward. They almost always ask for you to tell them a joke. Or they’re usually in awe of it and understand the power of laughter which is also beautiful.
Describe what it’s been like building a career in stand-up comedy:
It’s the best, most eye-opening thing I’ve ever done. I’ve learned so much about myself in the most fun, wild way possible. I learned the impact of being an artist. I found my voice. I’m tired. I’m more insane than ever. Stand-up has both made and ruined my life. I wouldn’t change it for the world.
If you could change one thing in the world of comedy, what would it be:
This insane fucking asinine notion that women aren’t funny. It still exists. It permeates how we’re treated by other comics and audience members. We are equal and we are needed to complete the story. Also, the competition; a little bit of it is healthy, for sure, but learn to genuinely root for people and not see their wins as your losses.
Best advice you’ve ever received from a comedian:
Don’t take any shit.
If you were releasing a comedy special this week, what would it be called:
Muchacha (I am, very soon…)
Funniest encounter you’ve ever had with a celebrity:
Robert Deniro caught me with a mouthful of peanut M&Ms and asked where his wife was and I said “I don’t know your wife” and he rolled his eyes and walked away.
Weirdest place you’ve ever performed any form of comedy:
I did comedy in NYC so it ranges from funeral homes to bodegas to the street to the subway to someone’s basement.
A Brittany Brave Fun Fact:
Where would you like your laughs to take you:
I want movies and my own talk show. I want women to have a big universal presence late at night. I want to be an advocate for the causes I believe in.
What would you tell a potential comedian if they ask you how they can own the laughs:
Practice and also keep at it and also you gotta believe it yourself first.
What are your thoughts on the future of comedy:
Women at the forefront.
If you could write one episode for one classic TV sitcom which show would it be and give a brief detailed sentence on the episode:
It’d be about me and it’d be called The Little Engine that can’t even.
If you could choose 1 comedy club and 3 comedians to perform with on your perfect comedy show, how would it go:
Madison Square Garden and me, Iliza, Sebastian Maniscalco, and an open micer we found in the East Village.
What’s next for you:
Two shows tonight and maybe some tacos.
Why should a person always laugh at life:
It’s the only way to make sense of things.
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