by Ryan Meehan
Named one of CBS.com’s “Top 5 standout comics in NY”, Robyn has been taking the comedy scene by storm. “Fast, Smart and Funny” is how she was described on www.funnynotslutty.com. In addition to having her own monthly show at Caroline’s on Broadway, she also performs all over the country. Robyn will be seen on this season’s “Raising McCain” on Pivot TV, was recently featured in the latest A$AP Rocky music video and has appeared on TLC and TruTV. Robyn was the first place winner this year in the Hoboken Comedy Festival and was chosen to perform in this year’s NY Comedy Festival performing with Richard Beltzer. She has taken her stand-up act and transformed it into a mini sit-com form web-series titled “Not the Sharpest Crayon.” It’s completely based off her stand up and just finished its second season. Comedian Robyn Schall is our guest today in 7 questions.
RM: Who was the first comedian that you saw (either on TV, in a movie, or on stage) that really made you want to try standup comedy?
RS: Growing up I LOVED sit-coms! Everything from reruns of “I Love Lucy” and “Taxi” to 90s sitcoms to “Friends” and “Seinfield.” Watching all these sitcoms I knew that’s what I wanted to do. I was in high school when I saw comedy relief with Whoopi Goldberg, Robin Williams and Billy Crystal and they were just making people laugh. I was about 15 and went to a local coffee shop open mic and tried stand up for the first time. I got laughs! I loved it! I went back the next Saturday and bombed. I figured at 15 I was going to retire from stand up and make my goal to grow up and be on sit-coms. 10 years later my accountant father suggested I try stand up again. I did. So I’m out of retirement.
RM: What was the most important thing that you learned studying with the UCB?
RS: Every class I have ever taken has prepared me for standup. College acting classes taught me to commit and own a stage! UCB taught me to think fast and always say yes! Caroline’s Comedy class taught me how to structure a joke and go for it.
RM: In your bio, it lists “lost 85 lbs.” as one of your special skills. How did you lose that weight and what is your current workout routine?
RS: When I was 20 I went on the scale and I was way over 200lbs! I had never seen the 2 in the hundreds place so it scared me into losing the weight. I was fat and embarrassed to go to the gym because I thought people would make fun. I found a gym that was 24 hrs and would work out at 4-30am, so no one would see me, every morning till the first 30lbs came off. I lost 85lbs over two years and kept it off for 6 years. I keep it off by working out 6 days a week. Although, I definitely cheat a lot more now. At least once a week, I find myself leaving the gym and heading straight to Dunkin Donuts. Love Dunkin Donuts!
RM: What can you tell us about “Ladies Night with Robyn Schall”?
RS: About a year ago, Caroline’s on Broadway came to me with this idea- An all-female show that I would host and in between comics I would show funny sketches that I previously filmed, on a screen on the stage. I know I’m biased since it’s my show but… It’s always a great show! Every month we bring in the best of the best female comics. The funny sketches bring a whole other level of show. It feels more like a party then a regular stand up show. The next one is on January 23nd, 7:30pm. If you call and make a reservation and use the promo code “girls” you get discounted $10 tickets
RM: You took home 1st place at the Hoboken Comedy Festival…What year was that, and what’s your overall take on comedy competitions?
RS: I won the Hoboken Comedy Festival this past year. I have mixed feelings on competitions. Some are great and can be a great networking tool. Others are complete bullshit and a waste of time. I met the booker of Greenwich Village Comedy Club the night I won Hoboken Comedy Festival and ever since he has given me several spots a week at his club. I know a bunch of people who got passed at Caroline’s from their March Madness Competition. On the flip side I did a competition about a month ago which I will leave nameless which was so unorganized and armature. I think depending what level you are at is how much you will get out of a competition. Like anything else there are some great competitions and some shitty ones.
RM: When you have a New Year’s Eve show…do you usually refrain from drinking or do you find that you actually drink more? What are your expectations of the show at AMC Crave this year? Any good stories from previous New Year’s Eves?
RS: I have a strict no drinking rule. Well at least till I’m done performing. This is my first time performing on NYE and I’m so excited! Even though I’m a born and raised NYer… I have never been to Time Square on NYC, so I’m also just excited for my first time being in the center of it all. From what I hear these NYE shows at the AMC are awesome!!! For audience and comics! I have some amazing NYE stories… not comedy related… they are golden… we will save them for another time…
RM: What do think is the best thing happening in comedy right now? The worst?
RS: The best thing happening in comedy is how trendy female comics are. Chelsea Handler, Whitney Cummings, Whoopi Goldberg, Ellen Degeneres, Kathy Griffin, Sherri Shepard, Sheryl Underwood, Aisha Tyler. Everywhere you look on TV now is female comics.
The worst….Ummm… I guess social media. You use to have to be funny just on stage or on TV. Now you have to be funny every 28min on twitter, Instagram, Facebook, vine and everywhere else. If that’s the worst, I guess it’s not that bad.
RM: What’s up next for you in 2014? Anything big in the works that we should know about?
RS: On my website there will be a new section called “The Robyn Schall blog”. It’s my own 3 min talk show. I will be talking about everything from sex, dieting, family, cooking segments, pole dance lessons, even showing videos of real dates I go on. I’m so excited about this. It’s going to be really funny. First episode should be up in the last week of December. Besides that, performing as much as I can and hopefully do more TV this year.
Official Website: http://www.robynschall.com/
Robyn on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RobynSchallComedy
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