Name: Carly Malison
City: Milwaukee, WI
How many years? 3 years
Bio: Carly Malison is a comedian based out of Milwaukee, WI where she tackles the tough issues in life like her mother and dating in the drunkest city in the world. With almost three years into comedy Carly has already earned a few credits for herself. Along with featuring and emceeing shows all around Wisconsin and Illinois, Carly is the reigning champ of the Caste of Killers’ Snark Madness comedy competition, has opened for Steve-O and has performed at the Gilda Radnor Laughfest in Grand Rapids, MI, Milwaukee Comedy Festival, Lady Laughs Comedy Festival in Madison, WI and Alternating Currents Festival in Davenport, IA.
1) Why did you start doing comedy? My whole life I’ve always loved comedy. I didn’t start doing stand up until my ex, a, former stand up himself (yes this going to get petty), told me that he didn’t think I would be any good at it. I set out to prove him wrong and never looked back! See being petty sometimes brings you happiness!
2) Tell us about a time you got Heckled: ONE of my worst heckles was when I first started out I traveled about 2 hours to this middle of nowhere place. I did this joke about comparing comedy to stripping and this drunk child (I say child because he looked like he was 16, I don’t know how old he was exactly) started shouting about how I should start taking my clothes off and he was going to “take me out back and treat me rough.” It was a pretty scary situation, but the final straw was he then threw a condom on stage and a couple of dollar bills. I was so upset and mad I couldn’t even finish my set I just left the stage, and cried all the way home.
3) Who inspires you? (in comedy or not) I grab inspiration from anywhere I can. I love listening to my peers in comedy. They always inspire me when I hear them have great sets. It makes me want to write better. And of course my family, 90% of my jokes come from what they say or do, without them I wouldn’t have any material to work with.
4) What’s your best comedy memory? My best comedy memory was when I went on a mini tour to Iowa. Four other comics and myself did 4 shows in 3 different cities in 2 days. It was that moment that I was like wow, this is what I want to do.
5) How do you deal with creepy male comics/bookers/audience members? This is so hard for me. I have been in situations that have not ended well for me (look at my heckler story, plus others I keep to myself). I have been harassed by comics and audience members, and it sucks. It sucks that we still have to deal with this crap all the time. One thing I have learned and I am trying to implement into my life is to make it known to the creep right away that it is not okay. What they are doing it wrong and inappropriate. If they don’t listen, bring a trusted friend in. Strength in numbers is very helpful in these types of situations. The more we call creeps out, the more they will realize it is not okay.
6) Who is your favorite comedian? Sarah Silverman
7) What’s the best joke you’ve ever heard? The aristocrats (JK. I think my favorite joke is Daniel Tosh’s Fictitious Disorder…at least it is at the moment, it’s from 2005, but it has so many punch lines and it keeps going till it can’t go any further).
8) What’s the favorite part about living in your city? The beer…It’s Milwaukee
9) What’s your best childhood memory? Having my cousin be on the look out for my mom while I listen to his Adam Sandler CD…I think that’s the moment I fell in love with comedy
10) Where’s your favorite place to perform? Comedy Club on State in Madison and Turner Hall in Milwaukee