The late-night branding juggernaut that is “Chelsea Lately” continues to stamp stand-ups with Chelsea Handler’s coveted seal of approval, and Loni Love is among the latest enjoying the endorsement.
Although Love has been doing stand-up since college, she’s recently gotten a bump in notoriety thanks to the popular talk show, and she’s taking advantage of it with her national “Live, Love and Laugh” tour, which brings her to the Improv at Northfield Stapleton today, Feb. 10 through Saturday, Feb. 11.
We caught with Love via e-mail last week in advance of the shows to chat about her former career, her perfect idea of an audience and why you shouldn’t eat ice cream before hopping on an airplane.
I know you held other jobs before being a comedian and an actress, including as an electrical engineer. Do any of those skills or experiences transfer over?
Engineering teaches you how to solve problems. This is a very good skill in joke writing because with a joke you have a set up, conflict and punchline. So I apply my engineering problem solving to help with my joke writing!
What made you want to get into comedy originally during college? Had you always been a comedy nerd to some extent?
I was a broke college student. I went to a bar one night and they had a contest where you could win $50 for the best story. I made up a story and realized that I could lie and get paid for it.
Do you think the way you got into it gave you an edge over some folks who only got into it later?
No. I would have a better edge if I had a boyfriend in the business.
What was your first time on stage like, and what made you want to come back?
Been doing this so long, I don’t remember my first time on stage. I am sure Abraham, Issac and Jacob enjoyed the show.
What are your favorite kinds of crowds? What are the best/worst shows you can remember having recently?
I like my crowds breathing with a heartbeat and their eyes open. My best shows are the ones that my Mom is not in attendance so she can’t heckle me.
When is the last time you laughed so hard you cried, and why?
I was on a plane and the man sitting next to me kept farting and saying “Excuse me, I should have not had that ice cream!”
What’s the worst thing you ever felt bad laughing about?
I was babysitting my niece, she was 9 months at the time, I left her on the couch to go to the kitchen for a quick second and when I returned she was upside down on the floor. She was OK and I never left her for a second again.
What’s your biggest non-comedy influence, or your favorite thing to do outside of comedy?
I live volunteering my time to the community. I don’t have a lot of money to give but I try to give my time to someone else that I can help. People are so great, it is always nice to help someone in need.
What else is new?
I have a new show on Disney XD called “Kickin’ It.” I am also on the Dr. Drew show, “Lifechangers.” My new tour, “Live, Love and Laugh” is now in full swing. My tour schedule is on LoniLove.com. Thanks!!
John Wenzel is an award-winning A&E reporter and digital media editor for The Denver Post and the author of “Mock Stars: Indie Comedy and the Dangerously Funny” (Speck Press/Fulcrum). Follow him @johntwenzel and @beardsandgum.