St. Louis Comedy Profile: Cameron Keys

St. Louis Stand Up Comedy Cameron KeysCameron Keys is one of the newer comics on the St. Louis stand up scene, but he’s been working incredibly hard. He’s already a regular host at Helium Comedy, and placed highly in the competitions at both Helium and Funny Bone. He even runs his own showcase

Based on his answers, we’re pretty sure he’s a video game junkie too.

Your Name
Cameron Keys

How long have you been performing stand up?
I’ve been doing stand up for about 11 1/2 months.

Who are your biggest comedy influences?
My biggest comedy influences, in no particular order are Patrice O’Neal, Richard Pryor, Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock.

Describe your worst experience on stage.
The worst experience I’ve had was when I did a show at a small venue. I was on stage and this noise came from this lady’s phone. I asked her, “Oh is that Snapchat?” She replied, “No I was giving you some laughs!” She played a laugh track.That hurt (laughs).

It felt like she hit me with a combo attack while playing the laughing track and her response was her special move.

What’s your best on stage experience?
The best experience for me so far is that I tried a new joke once at Legacy. It got a big laugh. More than usual. This girl was laughing loud, then broke up her laughter by saying “I’m hollin”, then she continued laughing.

That moment felt like I unlocked a Xbox achievement. If her laugher was a sentence, when she said “I’m hollin,” it was used like a comma in a sentence. An immaculate experience, that was.

What’s your favorite thing about the St. Louis comedy scene?
My favorite thing about the St.Louis comedy scene is the fact that for the most part everyone is pretty respectful of one another. Also everyone gets a long for the most part.

Is there anything you’d like to say to the people sitting in the coffee house where I’m typing up this list of questions?
Come support live comedy!

Rank in descending order of coolness: Pirate, Ninja, Zombie, Robot
Ninja, Robot,Pirate, Zombie

Cake or Pie?
Cake. Write in answer: Donuts

Plug something. It’s why we do this.
I have a show called Highkey Comedy. The next show date is TBA.

Make sure you follow me on Twitter and Instagram: _cameronkeys.