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Art & Life with Kathe Farris

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kathe Farris.

Kathe, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I started doing stand up when I was 44 years old. I had always wanted to do it but was unsure of where to start and just downright scared. Finally, after 19 years, I ran out of excuses and took a class at ImprovBoston.

Once the class was done, I checked it off my list and figured that’s as far as I would go. Now I had something to slip into small talk at my husband’s company holiday party so I was content. But a few months later, I realized that I missed it and in order to really do this I had to get out there and get on stages. I went back and took another class and then another class until I got the guts and discipline to do it on my own. Since then, I have been living my dream; I was a comic in residence at the Comedy Studio, I was hired to teach stand up at ImprovBoston, and I made the finals of the Boston Comedy Festival. What brings me a ton of pride is the Boston Comedy Chicks monthly workshop I run with the hilarious Brett Johnson where people of all experience levels and genders can come together to work on their comedy, even if they are unsure or scared.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
Stand up is my art. It changed everything for me. Before I did comedy, when bad things would happen to me I would grab a hostess cupcake and a reasonably priced chardonnay and make passive aggressive posts on Facebook. Now, when bad things happen I grab my notebook and a reasonably priced chardonnay and try to “find the funny.” What I want people to take from my comedy is to “embrace your mediocrity.” We spend way too much time beating ourselves up and feeling guilty for not being perfect. Please being perfect sounds exhausting!

In your view, what is the biggest issue creative professionals and performers have to deal with?
“Enjoying the ride” is the biggest challenge. Stop looking from side to side to see what other people are doing or accomplishing. Today, there are so many more paths that a comedian can take such as web series, comedy specials, albums, producing shows, etc… be open to anything, comedy is subjective and remember why you started doing stand up in the first place. For me, I’m not here to be famous. I’m here to make you laugh.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I perform all over New England. For an up to date schedule, check my website at: www.kathefarris.com.

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Sasha Go, psphotography

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