Spotlight on Ever Mainard
Performing Monday, August 15th
How did you get started with stand-up, sketch, improv, etc? Where have you trained, performed? I have always been the class ‘town. my parents used to let me stay. up late to watch mad tv or snl. i loved watching anything with carol burnett. So when I turned 21 I moved to Chicago to study at io and second city. I had been doing some stand up and improv out on Austin. But when you’re 18 there isn’t a lot of world experience to be had. So needless to say I was the BEST stand up. i have performed all over Chicago. My phone autotyped China. I Wish i performed all over China. We’re taking aboit the female wrestler right? I am. I have my own room called the shit show that I host every monday night with my cohost Rasa. I am a member of the Chicago underground, I have performed at Lincoln lodge, zanies, the comedy store(la) flappers(la) and a bar in Madison. I do improv with Strange Soldier. It’s just me and Jack Thurston Farrell. I have my own video cast called dates with ever, and that has been tons of fun.
Do you have a day job, or is performance your primary focus?
I work at Starbucks. I always want to die when I work. Starbucks is where you work if you want to loose your soul.
Who is your favorite improviser? / Who do you look up to as a comic? I love Beth Stelling and I could always watch her set. I also love the Puterbaugh sisters. Entertaining Julia is one of my favorite shows.
Do you ever get nervous? I get nervous. every. now and then just like any one else. but I love what i am doing and I love that I am actively pursuing my dream. The only time I ever get nervous is when the yelp critic jungle bogie jay is in the audience. He always gives me bad reviews.
What’s the best piece of advice you could offer to someone looking to do what you’re doing?The advice I have is to keep Going. everything takes time. learn from the awfully nights when you bomb and are to shamed to show your face. also open mics are open mics. It’s ok to fail there.
Show plugs? The 20th I am doing a fundraiser to help homeless queer youth at Hamburger Marys. Every Monday I host the shit show 2050 west division at Shambles Bar! Ya’ll come! And Tuesday nights at Chicago Underground at the Beat Kitchen.