2019 St. Louis Comedy Profile: Sam Lyons

We’re currently 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

Sam Lyons

SOCIAL MEDIA INFORMATION

Website: http://impolitecompany.com/category/podcast-episode/lyons-den/ Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/wutangsammy
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/wutangsammy

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PERFORMING STAND UP?

5 years

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

If I’m sitting in my room and a thought makes me chuckle, I want to see if it makes anyone else feel the same. At the same time, I want to see how far down the rabbit hole I can get before I lose them. The only way to know if you’re the only one who feels this way is to put it out there.

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

Getting to be a part of Late Night Live, a sketch/talk show at The Improv Shop. Even though it wasn’t stand up specifically, I learned so much about the creative process and collaboration, and got to work with so many amazing people in the St. Louis scene.

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

I enjoy my comedy for the little moments. I’m very self-critical, and it’s hard for me to sit down and write, because I second-guess myself. I prefer to have an outline and try to fill in the content on stage, but I would love to get better at writing, so I can find new ways that my different bits connect to each other.

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST COMEDY GOAL FOR THE NEXT YEAR?

To spread my reach, and see how I can expand my stand up to test other art forms (music, acting, public speaking, short stories and articles). I’d like to create at least one project focused on each of those.

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

Just because it doesn’t work in it’s current form, doesn’t mean it doesn’t work. It’s okay to put it aside for a while, but never lock it away.

IF YOU WERE A BEVERAGE, WHAT WOULD YOU BE?

Hansen’s cherry vanilla soda. Refreshing, but still gassy. And Rory drank it in Gilmore Girls.

PICK ANY HORROR MOVIE. HOW WOULD YOU SURVIVE?

Paranormal Activity. I would’ve moved the hell out of that house the first time my dog barked at an empty corner. A breakfast nook isn’t worth your soul, Katie.

DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING TO PROMOTE?

I’ll be at Flyover Comedy Fest for the following shows:

November 7 – Target Practice Live at Atomic Cowboy

November 8 – Hosting the 5pm hour of the Flyover Open Mic at Handlebar

November 9 – Kenny Kinds and Friends at Improv Shop

Check out The Lyons Den on Anchor.FM.

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!