2019 St. Louis Independent Comedy Profile: Angela Smith

We’re spending the next month or so 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.

Angela Smith has opened for comics ranging from Michael Ian Black to Aparna Nancherla, and is a regular at clubs and concert venues. When she’s not telling jokes, she’s probably hugging a dog. She was a finalist in the 2018 Funny Bone Comedy Contest and has been selected twice to perform at Flyover Comedy Festival in St. Louis.

NAME

Angela Smith

SOCIAL MEDIA INFORMATION

Website: http://www.angeladoescomedy.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/angelamarie85

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PERFORMING STAND UP?

3 Years

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

I really couldn’t tell you. I’m honest up there, but it’s exaggerated. I love to make fun of my situation in life. One time after a show a woman said she felt “so much better” about her own life after watching me. So there’s that.

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

Opening for Tig Notaro was the highlight from the last year. It’s a different experience when 800 people are on board with your set. This show means the most to me because it was the last time my dad saw me do stand up before he passed a week later.

He was my biggest fan and I’m very relieved I didn’t bomb.

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

Finding humor during difficult times.

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST COMEDY GOAL FOR THE NEXT YEAR?

Do a set in my inflatable T-Rex suit aka have more fun and take more risks.

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

How many people would tell me I’m “funny for a girl”. Knock that shit off.

IF YOU WERE A BEVERAGE, WHAT WOULD YOU BE?

Capri-Sun. The only way to get to what’s inside is by stabbing me.

PICK ANY HORROR MOVIE. HOW WOULD YOU SURVIVE?

Psycho. I would have survived by Stockholm Syndrome. That Anthony Perkins was a real dreamboat and I think he would have appreciated my maternal nature.

DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING TO PROMOTE?

I’m doing my first feature weekend at Laughing Gas Comedy Club in Cape Girardeau, September 12-14

If you’re in Cape Girardeau, go see Angela opening for Larry Reeb this weekend, and check back tomorrow as our profile of the St. Louis comedy scene continues.

Flyover Comedy Festival Performer Profile: Angela Smith

We’re taking a minute to show you some of the great performers who’ll be walking the boards of the stages in The Grove for Flyover Comedy Festival November 8 – 10.

Angela Smith is a St. Louis based stand-up comic and friend to animals everywhere.  She was a finalist in the 2018 Funny Bone comedy competition and has most recently opened for Nikki Glaser and Michael Ian Black.

Don’t miss her this week at the festival!

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

All of it. Last year’s Flyover Festival felt like summer camp. I’m looking forward to seeing friends and catching as many shows as possible. Shane Torres is a must-see.

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

None that I can share without compromising my promising future in politics.

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

Definitely. I think visiting comics would love coming to my neighborhood and checking on my pets a couple times a day while I’m busy enjoying Flyover. There’s a great washer/dryer setup in the basement if they wouldn’t mind switching the clothes over, too. Treat other cities like your own home — don’t touch my thermostat.

When / where are you performing during the festival?

11/8 at Ready Room for The Best of the ‘Lou Showcase, 11/9 hosting for Liam McEneaney at the Monocle and 11/10 hosting the first half hour of the open mic at Handlebar.

Give us your social media info!

Twitter:  @angelamarie85

Instagram: angelasmithstl

You wake up tomorrow morning, and you’re in the middle of a post apocalyptic wasteland, much like the world of Beyond Thunderdome or Fury Road. What’s your plan for survival?

Same as my pre-apocalypse plan — share the hottest memes I can find and survive off the validation.

Promote something. Commerce saves us all!

Come to the Best of Boondoggle at the Heavy Anchor in South City on 11/7. It’s the night before Flyover, so any traveling comics who are getting in the night before — this is the show to see. It’s a gift to our comedy scene. Aaron Sawyer and his comedic collaborators are reprising the best sketches and videos from the show’s first year. I’m hosting it, and it’s not to be missed.

See Angela 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!