2019 St. Louis Comedy Profile: Ella Fritts

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.


NAME

Ella Fritts

SOCIAL MEDIA INFORMATION

Tumblr: http://ellafritts.tumblr.com
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/fancymeatfritts
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/Ellafritts4you

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PERFORMING STAND UP?

5 years

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

Kinda weird. My friends have referred to me as a, “personal absurdist nightmare with pointed political undertones,” and, “Amy Poehler with more drugs.” I have used Adult Swim and The Comedians of Comedy to my describe tone.

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

1. The now defunct No Mic Stand allowed me to both make food (my love language is shoving grub down your gullet) and reembrace alt comedy. It’s hard to remember why you got into comedy when there’s so much cloying at mics, and watching people be funny just to be funny was a recharge. Also whenever it was at Micaela Mohr’s apartment and I couldn’t yell, that was funny.

2. Any time my friends come to town. When I get to open for Olivia Grace, I get extra excited to do a good job!

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

What’s a joke?

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST COMEDY GOAL FOR THE NEXT YEAR?

Write and produce a short film. I wanted to get into sitcoms and indie movies more than stand-up, but the latter is cheaper and I figured it out sooner. I have the materials and talent (both from myself and outside of myself) to do this.

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

People actually like you, fucking chill out.

IF YOU WERE A BEVERAGE, WHAT WOULD YOU BE?

Root beer. Literally full of sugar and sounds gross, but actually pretty cool!

PICK ANY HORROR MOVIE. HOW WOULD YOU SURVIVE?

I would survive Psycho by getting an abortion before turning into a skin suit, and I don’t shower at motels as a policy.

DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING TO PROMOTE?

October 27 – Comedy Schmitt Show – Troy, IL

Everything else is up in the air. Book me, sock monkeys!

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!

St. Louis Comedy in the News: STLMag Profiles Eric Brown, Ella Fritts, and JC Sibala

St. Louis Comedy: Fritts, Brown, and SibalaSt. Louis Magazine continues Thomas Crone’s monthly profile of comics at various levels of the  St. Louis comedy scene.  This month, they asked questions of Ella Fritts, JC Sibala, and Eric Brown.  It’s a fun look at their views on the craft of comedy.

We’d be remiss if we didn’t point out each of them stress the importance of open mics in developing material, since we’re in the midst of Death Mic 2017.  Our favorite is Ella’s declaration that:

“I, personally, don’t consider someone a comic until they’ve done open mics for at least three months, no matter what shows you’ve done or what comedy you’ve participated in.”

Shots fired!  Also, we agree.  Get out there and do the work. Here’s a list of open mics.

Read the whole article here.

See Ella Fritts and JC Sibala this Wednesday night on Helium Comedy’s Dirty Show.  Catch Eric Brown with Dave Stone (the comedian, not the Jazz Musician) May 3, at The Monocle.