St. Louis Comedy Profile: Tree Sanchez

St. Louis Stand Up Comedy Tree Sanchez
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You’d be hard pressed to find a more enthusiastic booster of the local comedy scene than Tree Sanchez. When she’s not on stage, she’s doing whatever she can to encourage newer comics to find their own voice, rather than just trying to become successful by mimicking others.  She’s also trying to convince the general public to get out and see live comedy.

Your Name
Tree Sanchez, birth name Teresa Massiel Sanchez.

How long have you been performing stand up?
I’ve been performing stand up for 6 years. My stand up contest anniversary is February 2010, just a month shy of my 21st birthday. Prior to that at 18 years old I was in a sketch group trio called “The Treesketeers”. Soon after I was involved with an Improv group at my community college with Ryan Ries.

Who are your biggest comedic influences?
My biggest comedy influences are Eddie Izzard, Kyle Kinane, Kathleen Madigan, Lewis Black, Greg Giraldo, Dave Attell, Tommy Johnagin, Mike Birbiglia & Hannibal Buress. Also the TV shows: MTV’s The State, In Living Color & Kids In The Hall.

Describe your worst experience on stage.
My worst experiences are between my performance at No Straight White Guys, where the audience hated me. Or hosting for Guy Tory, he’s great but his audience hated me.

Describe your best experience on stage.
My best comedy experience was my performance at Not Your Mother’s Girl’s Night Out (an all-female line up) at Flat 12 in Indianapolis, but the Cincinnati Brew Ha Ha comedy festival and Limestone comedy festival were fun too.

What do you like best about the St. Louis comedy scene?
The BEST thing about STL comedy? It’s a great place to eat crap on stage. You can grow into a stronger comedian by being determined and finding your voice here. The brotherhood aspect fades and returns every couple of years. A lot of the best Midwestern comedians come out of St. Louis.

I’m typing this in a crowded coffee house. Is there anything you want to tell the people here?
Dear coffee house people, relax. Don’t take life too seriously.

Rank the following in descending order of coolness: Robot, pirate, zombie, ninja
Robot defeats all with hypnosis and lasers.

Cake or Pie?
Pie, pumpkin pie.

Plug something, that’s what this is for.
My new podcast, The Weird Wide World, premieres in August. My comedy showcase, Happy Tree and Friends, is the first Thursday of every month at the Purple Martin. August 4th at 9:00 is when the next reincarnation begins and the magic starts.