2019 St. Louis Comedy Profile: Yale Hollander

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.

As well as being a stand up comic, Yale Hollander produces a number of local shows, including one that takes place on a moving trolley.

NAME

Yale Hollander

SOCIAL MEDIA INFORMATION

Website: http://yalehollander.weebly.com
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/yalehollander
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/yalehollander

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PERFORMING STAND UP?

3 years

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

I’m a bit scattered in my approach. I’ve got a few one-liners here and there but I usually dwell in the world of the narrative bits. I love misdirection!

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

Getting an unexpected invite to do a pop-in set on a Friday night Funny Bone show and also being asked to host two different shows within the same week at Helium. Every invitation to a show is a thrill for me, but when the pros come calling, it’s an extra boost.

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

Sometimes I get a little ahead of myself and roll out bits that aren’t quite ready. I need to discipline myself to save the newer stuff for the open mics before I roll them out on showcases.

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST COMEDY GOAL FOR THE NEXT YEAR?

I would love a club weekend, and, of course, I want to maintain and grow my own stable of produced shows. (Editor’s Note: After this writing, it was announced that Yale will be hosting a weekend at the all new Back Door Comedy & Events in O’Fallon, Missouri!)

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

To be honest, I’ve enjoyed the process of learning and discovering and am glad I went into it as raw as I did.

IF YOU WERE A BEVERAGE, WHAT WOULD YOU BE?

Coffee. Because coffee.

PICK ANY HORROR MOVIE. HOW WOULD YOU SURVIVE?

Leonard Part 6. I would have slipped Cosby a mickey and had him chemically castrated.

DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING TO PROMOTE?

Oct 10 – We Are Live’s Happiest Hour at Sophie’s Artist Lounge
Oct 11 – Laugh Tracks on the Loop Trolley
Oct 25 – Arguments & Grievances at Brennan’s Work and Leisure

Check out my podcast: Impolite Coffee Break!

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!

Take a Second to Be the Third to March Fourth: Shows 3/3-3/4/17

It’s a dumb pun, but it correctly expresses our desire for you to see a live comedy show this weekend.  Starting tonight.  There are so many choices, you might have an anxiety attack.  You know, that feeling when you’re presented with so many choices that your chest tightens and your vision starts to tunnel?  Your breathing speeds up and gets shallow.  Your body temperature increases.  You feel like you’re going to faint.

Then you remember, it’s just comedy.  No one’s going to die if you don’t choose their show. So pick the one closest to you. Or the one your friends will be at.  Or throw a dart at your computer monitor and see where it puts you.

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