April Richardson is damned funny. She has been bitingly funny on Chelsea Lately, matched wits with the best on @Midnight, and has the delightful podcast, Go Bayside, which focuses on her watching an episode of "Saved By The Bell" every week with comedians like Scott Aukerman, Paul F. Tompkins, the dearly departed Harris Wittels, Moshe Kasher, and dozens more. She might not be famous yet, but she most certainly will be.
Richardson will be in Bend Friday as part of her cross-country comedy tour. Although, the cross-country tour is mostly so she can follow Morrissey from concert to concert across the United States. The comedy is just a bonus. Here is an excerpt from a conversation we had earlier this week:
Source Weekly: You know, Bend for its size actually has a pretty large stand-up comedy scene and a lot of people attempting to give it a go. What would be your advice for people that really want a career in comedy?
April Richardson: I guess you just have to do it. Also be really lucky. Just have really good luck. I have had so much good luck, so much of that "right place, right time" kind of stuff that I can't really give that in the form of advice. But other than that, the only thing is you just have to do it. I know that's kind of an anti-climactic answer.
SW: Nah. Can you talk a little bit about how you got started?
AR: I grew up in Atlanta and should have started much earlier than I did, but I moved to L.A. two days after I graduated college. I just wanted to live where there was a chance where I could do stand-up comedy. I needed to be around comedy, so when I moved I went to UCB theater about four nights a week. I was never not at a comedy show. I loved comedy so much it was like, "Well, unless I'm going to be the best then I don't even want to do it." Like, why would I bother? And then I would see Paul F. Tompkins three nights a week, and he would do an entirely different set, and it would be equal parts inspiring and equal parts, "I'll never be as good as that guy, why should I even try?" And then it got to the point where I was like, "I have to do it, I'm going to be mad at myself if I don't try it." So I did my first open mic at a place in L.A. and it went really well and I was like, "This is it, this is what I'm doing now" and then I just tried to get up whenever possible.
SW: Was it initially pretty nerve-wracking, or did you find that you took to it pretty easily?
AR: I mean, uh, I don't mean to sound like a dick, but not really. Public speaking has never been a fear of mine, ever; that part of it never made me nervous. Sure I get nervous in a way like, "I hope people laugh at these jokes," but the concept of standing onstage and talking in front of people never bothered me. I'm a really outgoing person in everyday life, so I never had a problem talking in front of groups of people.
SW: You also seem pretty laid back when it comes to your Chelsea Lately appearances and stuff. You seem like you're ready for tough questions at any given moment, you know?
AR: [Laughs] I'm glad I come across that way! I'll take it! I mean, this is just a ridiculous occupation. I don't like being slammed online or whatever but you have to know that comes with it. You can't avoid it and you have to know that people are not going to like you. People on Twitter and stuff are going to openly tell you that you suck all the time. You can't get that wound up about it or you'll just never sleep again. You have to be like, "Yeah, this is ridiculous." You have to just roll with how weird it is to do this for a living.
8 pm, Friday, July 24
Summit Stage and Saloon
120 NW Oregon Ave.