By Matt Byrne. Byrne is a freelance writer based in Chicago, IL. He runs The Steamroller, a blog about the alt/not shitty comedy scene.
Unbelievable, it’s Funny Human of the Week time again! Hi, it’s me, Matt Byrne, and I’m here to tell you about a funny person whose jokes I like, yes, but also this week I’ve got a secret agenda. I’m going to use this column to promote something (other than my website The Steamroller). You see, I’m working on something very exciting with this week’s funny human, Katie McVay, but you need to take my word that she could stand on her own on a regular, promotion-free week. Katie is a Chicago-based standup comic with an extremely strong, affable perspective and I think you’ll like her a lot.
Radical honesty and self-exploration combined with mid-performance second guesses and self-doubt! You’ve never seen someone as excited and as terrified to be endlessly hurdling through space at 67,000 miles per hour. What if Eddie Pepitone was a woman in her twenties??
One of my favorite things Katie’s ever done is Yell You Better, an advice web series she produced with filmmaker and photographer Anthony McBrien, where she takes viewer-submitted questions about life problems and yells at the person who asked until they’re better. Yell. You. Better. Makes sense, right?
I could watch these things all the livelong day. Totally delightful and dark and manic.
Katie’s good at Twitter, too, unleashing dribs and drabs of her inner monologue each day on an unsuspecting and underprepared world.
4:16AM seemed as good a time as any to wake up and contemplate the times I lied during fifth grade.
— Katie McVay (@katiemcvay) January 11, 2013
I don’t mean to brag but I am really scared of opening my mail.
— Katie McVay (@katiemcvay) February 23, 2014
My life is a giant panic attack punctuated by occasional comedy shows.
— Katie McVay (@katiemcvay) March 1, 2014
“Cool anxiety rash.” – how hotties hit on me in my dreams
— Katie McVay (@katiemcvay) July 30, 2013
Well, looks like I am organizing a comedy festival.
— Katie McVay (@katiemcvay) December 19, 2013
Remember I mentioned there was going to be even more self-promotion than normal in this week’s column! That was true! Katie’s spearheading a DIY standup comedy festival here in Chicago, IL called the Comedy Exposition of 2014. Four other Chicago-based standups are helping make it happen, and so am I!
Last week, we launched a Kickstarter (“ugh a Kickstarter!?!” you might say? It’s okay, this one’s good!) to help cover the costs associated with setting something like this up including promotional materials like programs, posters, and merchandise, as well as airfare and hotel stays for headlining acts.
We reached our fundraising goal in less than 24 hours after the campaign was launched and are just under 150% funded at this time. We’ve set a new goal of $6,000, which would allow us to take on more nationally touring headliners, making the Comedy Expo a bigger, more fun and exciting thing!
Are you a comedian? You should submit to be a part of the festival! You can do so at a discounted rate on our Kickstarter page through Saturday, April 26th!
Okay, back on track real quick before it’s time to go: here’s Katie’s episode of a video series by an Omaha, NE-based collective of comedians, talking about the first joke she ever wrote, when she was just five years old. It’s a good clip!