2019 St. Louis Comedy Profile: Tina Dybal

We’re currently profiling the comics in the St. Louis scene. We’ll be covering a range of comics from seasoned pros, to open mic comics booking their first shows. Our goal is to give you a glimpse at who you can expect to see, no matter where you experience live comedy.

NAME

Tina Dybal

SOCIAL MEDIA INFORMATION

Website: http://www.tinadybal.com
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/tinadybal
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/tinadybal

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PERFORMING STAND UP?

4ish Years

DESCRIBE YOUR MATERIAL/STYLE OF PERFORMING TO SOMEONE WHO HASN’T SEEN YOU

Vulnerable, Raw & Uncut. XXX. I do what I want.

Nothing is off limits to me. I love being vulnerable on stage, because I think a lot of people do everything they can to try to fit in and not let anyone see their flaws. I’m guilty of this as well, but my style of stand up has helped me get closer to my “true self”. Whatever that means.

WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST EXCITING THING, PERSONALLY, THIS YEAR, ABOUT STAND UP?

I got to feature for Beth Stelling this year at Helium. I hosted for her last year at the club, so it was very cool to level up and feature this year. It’s nice to have peers that you really respect as comics and humans. It was also cool to have audience members that came out to the shows last year and remembered me this time around as a feature.

CURRENTLY, WHAT’S THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE YOU ARE WORKING TO OVERCOME, IN STAND UP COMEDY?

Honestly, I’ve been in trauma therapy for about a year now and have been working through a lot of personal shit. It’s been tough at times and really affected my attention span and my anxiety has been through the roof. So, balancing depression, exercising, anxiety, getting enough sleep, stand-up, writing and creating has been quite difficult at times.

The easiest way I’ve found to balance it all is by having a hard schedule. People tend to think comedians just live this wild, party, everything is off the cuff lifestyle. While that may be true sometimes, you have to have somewhat of a schedule so you don’t go crazy.

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST COMEDY GOAL FOR THE NEXT YEAR?

I co-host a podcast with Libbie Higgins- fellow comedian and best friend. It’s grown a lot in the last year and I just want it to take over the world. We have so much fun doing it and are hoping it just keeps growing.

Oh, the podcast is called Slop City.

WHAT IS ONE THING YOU WISH YOU’D KNOWN BEFORE YOU STARTED PERFORMING?

When people tell you they’re going to come to your shows, there’s a 95% chance they won’t.

IF YOU WERE A BEVERAGE, WHAT WOULD YOU BE?

Hot Coffee with like 10 ice cubes & some sugar free creamer. It’s the best drink in the world and I would pass away without it.

PICK ANY HORROR MOVIE. HOW WOULD YOU SURVIVE?

The Invitation. I have been in a cult before, so I know the signs of one. I would have immediately left with the prude girl after the cult members posing as normal humans showed the culty video.

DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING TO PROMOTE?

November 8 – Flyover Comedy Festival: Opening for Joel Kim Booster at The Ready Room
November 9 – Flyover Comedy Festival: Slop City Podcast Live Recording! Featuring Special Guests: Jenny Zigrino & Rafe Williams at The Improv Shop
November 20 – Best of STL Showcase at Funny Bone Westport

Download and listen to Slop City Podcast, available on all platforms!

Enjoying these profiles of the local comedy scene? Get out and see a show this week. Then purchase your ticket to Flyover Comedy Festival, coming to The Grove in November. Over 100 local and touring comics will be bringing the laughs alongside headliners like Kyle Kinane & Sasheer Zamata. Wristbands are on sale now!