Interview: Kristin Rand

If you stumble upon Kristin Rand’s project, “Eating Out With Lady Face,” (http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/0b26824a2a/eating-out-with-a-ladyface), you’ll get typical Rand; a nicely-dressed young lady on a date, but, SURPRISE! she’s eating chicken wings like a mad dog.

If you stumble upon Kristin Rand’s show, Delusions of Randeur at Denver’s Beauty Bar (where $10 will buy you a manicure and martini), you get the same, a nicely-dressed young lady with her excellent sidekick Randy Washington and, SURPRISE! Rand’s sucking down martinis like there’s no tomorrow.

Just another drunk comic on the job? Not here. Rand is one-hundred watts of bright-faced hilarity with a plan. In January’s Delusions of Randeur where Rand’s man servants beat a path to keep her hydrated, she and the comics had to perform over the distracting chatter of the last-day-of-a-Groupon coupon users getting their discount on. Most of Rand’s hand-picked comics killed, but one kinda bombed. Rand saved the situation with a dance break and a tag-team reading of a Christmas newsletter (2013! It’s another year!), and when the chatter got too loud, she had one of the man servants, Denver comic Nate Balding, run though the bar yelling, “shut up!”

Besides scouting out talent and hosting Delusions of Randeur at the Beauty Bar every third Wednesday of the month, Rand performs at the Denver Comedy Works clubs.She’s a captain of her own Funny Final Four team that will be performing at Comedy Works downtown February 6th at 8pm.

The chicken wings were real, and, SURPRISE, so were the martinis. Six or seven drinks for most people would mean swaying, slurring, bloodshot eyes, possibly staggering, but after the show Rand was the same nicely-dressed lady with a generous laugh, confidence to spare, and a yet another comedienne unwilling to trash men just because broad is a sexist blog.

broad: Say something bad about male standup comics.
Rand: There are a lot of questions about female comics, and where the space is for female comics. I would say that out of every ten male comics there are two female comics. But women can be bad comics and men can be bad comics. I don’t think there is a gender war. I find a lot of men funny I find a lot of women funny. Funny is funny is funny.

broad: Does the world need another dick joke?

Rand: Oh, man, you know who has a lot of dick jokes? Dudes have a lot of dick jokes. But I think in general whatever kind of comedy comes to you, comes to you. Maybe we don’t need another dick joke but it’s obviously very universal, it works for a lot of people. Sure, write whatever comes to you. I’m for it. A million more dick jokes, I say!

broad: OK, that was a little bit negative, but I think you can do better. Can you say something really negative about a man, any man?

Rand: I realize that although I had a lot of jokes about Daddy issues tonight…

broad: Perfect. Rip into your dad.
Rand: …that no matter how disappointed I am in my dad or whatever kind of relationship I have or don’t have with him, this Denver community is family. Every Sunday night I can go to Kingas. They’re my family. It’s amazing and I feel so blessed to have these opportunities.

broad: I get it. You aren’t going to trash men. Sigh. Then say something that’s on your mind, anything.

Rand: I love this show (Delusions of Randeur) and I think it can be so great. I want to work harder at it and I want to get even better at it. That’s what’s on my mind right now, I love this show. I can book whoever the fuck I want. It’s an awesome opportunity because I am out as much as I am to see these awesome people and give them the opportunity to come up here.

broad: How does someone get to perform for Delusions of Randeur?

Rand: I scout this show based on open mics mostly. I want to personally like your material and like you as a person. I pick people I feel confident in to entertain the crowd.
There is no way I will ever forget the first two guys in Oklahoma who gave me the first opportunity to have 15, 30, 45 minutes on stage in a showcase, all based on trusting that I could be good. I feel like in any kind of thank-you speech I would give, they would be at the top of it. I love people who are just starting out that I see potential in. I want to give them a showcase. In a big scene like Denver you want to get validated, to get booked on your material and your talent. This is an amazing city where you can pick any night of the week and perform.

broad: Let’s talk about your youtube video, “Eating Out With a LadyFace” which you posted in 2011. I understand that LadyFace was together for 13 months and, along with this video, you did 6 shows and a play associated with the name LadyFace. While other members of LadyFace aren’t in the video, you used the name LadyFace in the title of the video. You’ve already told me that all of it was an incredible learning experience. You and LadyFace have now gone on to walk in a “slightly different direction.”

The question, obviously is, do you really eat that way?

Rand: Girl, can I tell you that is the truth. It was at a restaurant one block down the street where they have $5 endless wings and I was there with my roommate eating like a monster and the smoking patio was directly in front of me and there were these dudes outside smoking watching me, looking horrified. I’m just in the zone of shoving chicken wings in my face. I knew as it was happening it’d be a great idea for a sketch or a video.

(After)I wrote that and pitched the idea to my friend Brandon Carter. It was based on my real-life experience, but I added a lot of hyperbole. Super simple, it didn’t need a script. Denver comic Jordan Doll hopped on board to play my “date” and that was it. It got onto the home page of Funny or Die. It has gotten over 8,000 views. I’m really proud of that.

I’ve also opened for a few comics at Comedy Works. The crowds have never been astoundingly big, yet. I’ve done a college show for about 500 people, that has been the biggest one so far.

broad: Who is the best female comic in Denver?

Rand: I want to say me!

broad: Of course you should say you.

Rand: I love a lot of the women out here but I love the competition and I want to be the best. It keeps me going. I love Nancy Norton, I will say that. It pours out of her.

broad: Is Colorado as switched on as Oklahoma?
Rand: Growing up in North Carolina, Texas and Oklahoma I never realized that you could live in a place that wasn’t super conservative, super religious, super right wing. Denver’s more plugged in.

broad: What sick stuff do you do in Denver for fun?

Rand: What sick stuff……?

broad: I can’t really pull off saying “sick stuff,” can I?

Rand: You mean awesome? Oh, you mean like SICK. I love to go dancing, rollerskating. I say “yes” to everything. I’m a big believer in saying yes to everything. Hiking, biking, grocery shopping, I love it all. Martinis.

broad: Sexism at this fine publication goes both ways. Talk about what you wear on stage. You seem to like formal wear.

Rand: I shop at where ever is the dirt cheapest I can find. The prom dress I wore last month was from my original prom. My idea for wardrobe for the show was to go to consignment stores to find big formal gowns, but I work fifty hours a week and I write and I do so much stuff that I’m just digging through my closet the night of the show and I’m like, “this looks formal enough.” When I have a big show to do, it’s more important to me than the material that I do, what I wear. I love that part of it. Some girls get up in hoodies, but I love dressing up. It’s my favorite thing to dress up for. This broach was my grandmother’s and I just slipped the headband on it. It’s moving around a little, but it matched the green.

broad: Do you have hobbies?

Rand: I want to be moving all the time. When I’m awake I want to be walking, running. I like hiking. A 7-year-old I nannied for got me into puzzles. I really like puzzles. You do have to sit still for puzzles but I like the fact you can do them fast if you sort them out quick enough.

broad: I saw you on an episode of “Always Oklahoma” recorded in 2010 (a magazine-style show with guests) which went over some of your background. You grew up in North Carolina, moved with family Dallas for middle and high school, which begs the question, what’s your favorite color?

Rand: What?

broad: I mean what are the important facts pertaining to the Kristin Rand saga? How did you come to live and work in Denver?
Rand: I went on a road trip my senior year of high school to Oklahoma and I said, “Alright, this is isn’t Texas. Sign me up!” I had never been there before and I though it looked like Harvard. I had been to Harvard before. I was like “this looks pretty and I bet I have a good enough SAT score to get in.” I went to Oklahoma strictly because it wasn’t Texas and it seemed like a fun new adventure. I went University of Oklahoma and only took courses I cared about, psychology and arts and humanities. I’m not kidding, I dropped out of (never failed!) trigonometry four times. I moved to Denver right after graduating because my mother lived in Highlands Ranch. After that, I got right into performing stand up here. Best choice I’ve ever made, to move here.

broad: What was the deal with the holiday newsletter you read on stage tonight with Andy? That was funny.

Rand: We did that just out of being silly one random night at my apartment. He’s one of my very best friends and I was like, “let’s just type up a newsletter and send it out with pictures of us with dogs that don’t belong to us.” We had no real plans for it. When it came time for the show this month, I was like, “we should just read the newsletter we made last month”. We’re not a couple, but we always want to send out pictures of me and him and a dog, like it’s a family that doesn’t exist.

broad: It was good writing. Do you do a lot of writing?

Rand: I love writing. I co-wrote with four other women a full-length play for sketch (comedy show), which we performed at Christmas which ran for two weeks at the Spark Theatre on Santa Fe. “Ladyface Presents an Office Christmas Party.” We were commissioned by the owners of Spark to do it.

The way I write is character-based. I’d like to continue writing sketch comedy that’s character-based. But my standup comes from me in the moment. I haven’t figured out how to “write” stand up yet.

broad: Why aren’t you taller? Heather Snow was exceptionally tall.

Rand: She is. She’s so tall. I’m not taller because my parents failed. I’m 5’7” I think that’s a good height. It’s alright. I’ll cope with it. Heather’s great. She’s a great height.

broad: Who is your audience?

Rand: Tonight it was a bunch of girls who came to get manicures and just stayed. Some comics come to watch, and some of the performers bring friends.

broad: Some people say that comedy comes from a place of anger. Are you angry about something and using your talent to make people laugh so you won’t have to face your real feelings?

Rand: I’m not a sad person. I laugh more than most people. But I’m sure people’s jokes come from pain. The times I’ve had the most pain in my life I’ve absolutely made the most jokes. When my dad left, we laughed about things that were not funny. But what are you going to do? Cry all the time?

I’ve probably always had an inordinate amount of confidence, and just so much silliness, always. I tweet more when I’m sad, I come up with more material when I’m sad. I think it’s the connection when the audience really feels what you are saying, that they want to come back to see you.

My jokes are about my body image, my relationships with men that don’t work out, my daddy issues. I think that the best comic is the most vulnerable. I think dick jokes are one way to hide behind all of that. The best comic, and the one who is going to last, is the one just being vulnerable in a way that makes you laugh.

 

You might also find Rand at her favorite open mic nights Sundays at Kingas (http://kingaslounge.com/events.html), Mondays at Lions Lair, (http://www.myspace.com/lionslairdenver#!), or Tuesdays at the Squire Lounge. (https://www.facebook.com/thesquirelounge/info). For fashion tips by Rand go to: http://blogs.westword.com/showandtell/2012/09/whats_in_your_bag_local_comic.php.

Author: Michelle LeJeune

Michelle LeJeune is the editor and publisher of www.readbroad.com. While her busy life often makes her feel like she’s moving like a zombie, she is not a zombie.

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