Flyover Comedy Festival Performer Profile: Emily Hickner

Over the next two weeks, we’re going to show you some of the great performers who’ll be walking the boards of the stages in The Grove for Flyover Comedy Festival.


Emily Hickner isn’t just performing at Flyover. She’s one of the people working hard to organize the festival.  She’s a veteran of the St. Louis comedy scene and has worked with a lot of great comics, including Janeane Garofalo

What about the festival are. you most looking forward to this year?

All that “D” I’m gonna get. Additionally, I’m pumped that we have such a strong variety of acts as part of the festival line-up. We have some exceptional acts with unique concepts coming into town such as Matt Damon Improv and Late Late Breakfast.

Do you have a favorite memory from last year’s festival?

Falling down the stairs at the after-after-after party… Also, it’s not a specific memory, but I loved the energy and excitement of having all these people buzzing around The Grove to support live comedy. When it was all over, we felt simultaneously relieved and ecstatic about pulling it off. It was amazing to be able to celebrate that with my friends. Hence me falling down the stairs.

As a St. Louis native, is there anything visiting comics must see or do while they’re in town?

I recommend eating all the donuts.

When / where are you performing during the festival?

I’m hosting for Shane Torres at the Improv Shop on Thursday, November 8 at 9:00pm, and I’ll be on Late Late Breakfast on Saturday, November 10 at 4:00pm.

Give us your social media info!

I’m terrible at remembering to tweet, but my Twitter is @emilyhickner.

An alien abducts you and demands you defend the human race in an intergalactic court case, where losing will mean extermination of all humanity. What do you show them to justify our continued existence as a species?

I wouldn’t defend the human race. I would let you all die, but convince the alien to keep me alive by performing a dance routine I already have planned for this exact reason. I would then live out the rest of my days zipping around space with my alien bros, posting selfies of myself on Mars on Instagram and then thinking to myself “Why don’t I have any likes?” and then realizing, “Oh yeah, they’re all dead.” So yes, it’s a bit of an emotional ride, but every time I look out into the galaxy, I feel that it’s all been worthwhile.

Promote something. Commerce saves us all!

I have an Instagram comic that I co-create with my friend Jack Probst about going to therapy called Conversations with My Therapist. You can follow it @convoswithmytherapist.

See Emily and all of the other comics joining her at Flyover Comedy Festival, November 8 – November 10 in the Grove.  Wristbands for the entire festival are on sale now.  Buy yours today!