AAGC Asks: Sherry Cola
Comedian, actress and writer. Catch Sherry in Good Trouble on FreeForm!
"I think stand up comedy is such a scary thing- how did you conquer any fears that you may have had when starting out?”
Sherry: The nerves and fears don’t go away… it’s how you translate it on stage. I’ve learned to just breathe and have fun. A joke might not succeed, but instead of tensing up and sweating it - just chuckle and move on! The more I take myself less seriously, the more seriously people will take me! I’m just gonna pretend like that sentence made sense. At the end of the day, I get to make people laugh for a living. What’s scary about that?
How did you find your voice in comedy?
Honestly, I’m still finding it! I’ve only been doing stand-up for three-ish years, and there are certain things I’m not sure I’m ready to talk about. My joke topics are pretty mixed. I definitely say what’s on my mind, but sometimes I feel like I’m not opinionated enough or I’m not digging deep enough. I’m only human! It takes time to put 100% of yourself out there on stage. It’s a journey!
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How do you stay inspired and come up with new material?
Consuming pop culture really helps. I throw in Marie Kondo references and all that good stuff. The struggle of writer’s block is often real, then I’ll suddenly get a wave of inspiration. I love metaphorical stuff, like comparing the burden of jury duty to being someone’s bridesmaid. I also talk about hypothetical stuff, like if strippers also did magic tricks. Of course, lots of material comes from just being a bisexual Asian American immigrant girl living in LA. It’s random AF, but let’s hope these funny juices keep flowing!
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