Here’s my story of starting Pretty Funny Girl.

My day job is a little unusual. For six years, I’ve worked at Esther’s Follies, Austin’s premiere sketch comedy theatre that’s been running for 40 years. It’s similar to Saturday Night Live except that we don’t write an entirely new show every week. And we have a magician. Take that Lorne Michaels!

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I play zany characters, sing about Donald Trump’s penis, and get cut in half with a chainsaw five times a week. It’s an insane way to make a living and I feel incredibly fortunate to be a part of it. But a few months ago, I realized something – it wasn’t enough for me.

There’s an itch that comes with being an artist. You’re desperate to express yourself.  I knew I had something valuable to say and I was determined to have my own platform of my own to say it.

Being a comedian isn’t my only love. I’m also VERY into personal style. Freakishly so. Clothes are art that you wear, and I keep my brush wet. (Did that sound mildly sexual to anyone else?)

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I fell down the rabbit hole of style blogs for awhile there, and I noticed something. Most of these ladies were absolutely fabulous, but not very funny. I started searching specifically for blogs that featured personal style AND comedy. I found one. On the entire internet.

A pretty funny shaped lightbulb lit up over my head. This was something that wasn’t being done, and I knew I could do it!

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Still, I had my doubts. What if it sucks balls? Or even worse. What if it’s great, but no one reads it? I was especially nervous because I knew I wanted to include personal stories. I’ve been through some stuff – toxic relationships, being bullied most of my life, losing both my parents.  I wanted to share what I learned from those experiences, but did I really want to put my life on blast like that?

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The answer is yes, because expressing yourself is supposed to be vulnerable. Speaking your truth is strength. Showing your courage encourages others. Loving what you wear builds confidence. And there is a healing power in comedy. It’s saved my life many times.

So that’s what I decided to do. I created a little community where we can all laugh, drool over clothes, and get a little real after that second martini.

This is me scratching my itch. I hope you’ll come along for the ride! To find out more about Pretty Funny Girl, click here!

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