by Megan Radke
It’s almost that time again! Obviously, the most wonderful time of the year, Dallas Comedy Festival (DCF) kicks off on Tuesday, March 22. To help you put together your festival schedule, we want to make sure you get to know as many of the fabulous out-of-town acts as possible that will be dropping into Dallas Comedy House.
Meet New Orleans-based comedian and writer, Kaitlin Marone!
What can we expect from your set at DCF? (Without, you know, giving everything away…)
I am really enjoying this beautiful, dark, twisted fantasy of a presidential race.
I read that when you were growing up, you would record your own episodes of All Things Considered. I did the same thing! But, my radio shows were basically just made up traffic reports and taking calls from callers who weren’t there. What were your stories like?
Cool, I never would have taken on traffic reports, too dangerous! I can't actually remember my stories. I just remember always, always assuming the role of Corey Flintoff. He was an anchor at the time, but now he's the Russia Correspondent, and to this day I find his voice to be the most soothing out of everyone on the show. Sometimes I think if I had grown up in the Steve Inskeep era of All Things Considered I would be a much worse-off person than I am today. Is this too deep into NPR? Steve Inskeep is a goon.
Tell me a little about the Womyn’s Pizza Collective.
The Womyn's Pizza Collective is an explicitly feminist pizza party that me and my friend, collaborator, and neighbor, Margee Green, host from time to time. We invite all the female comedians in New Orleans to come eat pizza and hang out. We started it because we realized that while we're both the kind of feminists that will gladly ruin Christmas by arguing about abortion, we could be better at actually having positive relationships with other women. We wanted to be more popular and we also wanted to foster positive relationships between women in the scene to collectively counteract the rampant bullsh*t that women face in comedy. I genuinely think we've achieved both of those goals, and I'm really proud of that. Being popular is great; I had no idea!
You’re an improviser and you perform stand-up. What advice do you have for anyone aspiring to do either, or both?
Just try it and see if you like it at all. Both improv and stand-up take time to be any good at them and you just have to remind yourself of that constantly. You really have to like it to stick with it long enough to get good, so make friends.
OK, anything else we should know before we welcome you to Dallas from NOLA?
I am planning to go to the Book Depository and am open to other suggestions for unpleasant tourist activities.
Don’t miss Kaitlin on Tuesday, March 22 at 9 p.m. with Seth Cowles, Grant Redmond, and Paul Varghese. Tickets are on sale now!
Megan Radke is currently a Level 3 student at DCH. She is a copywriter and social media manager by day and an essayist and mediocre musician by night. She is a constant consumer of books, music, film, and all things comedy. She is also great at racking up copious amounts of credit card debt with spur-of-the-moment travel.