Comedian Katrina Brown is not afraid to speak her mind. A married mother of two boys, Brown has performed throughout “middle” America for years and she loves it.
“There’s a stigma that women aren’t funny, and I’m kinda like, ‘Whatever,’ ” she said during a recent phone interview. “History has proven that’s not true. Ironically, I’m a very atypical female comedian. Most people see ‘female,’ they think it’s going to be man bashing or feminist-driven humor, and I don’t hit any of those typical points.”
Brown will perform two shows Saturday night in Rob’s Comedy Playhouse (1340 N. Forest Road, Amherst).
Question: What inspired you to get into comedy initially?
Answer: A friend of my father’s, who I’ve known since I was 10, dared me to take my humor to the stage. I did, but I wasn’t very good at it. I was only in my 20s and I had no life experience. I’ve always been a theater geek so I thought I would be good at comedy, but theater has scripts; comedy doesn’t. I put it away for a while, then picked it back up again when I had some more life experience, and it took off from there.
Q: Are there any comedians you look to for inspiration?
A: I like the honesty of Christopher Titus and Robert Schimmel, who passed away a few years ago. They were very daring in their honesty and keeping their material focused on reality. I have nothing against made-up jokes, whatever garners a laugh is great, but all my material is based in my life, reality and things that are not made up. The human condition. I’m not afraid to get personal, and I think that garners a connection with the audience. I think that makes a difference.
Q: Looking at your tour schedule, you’ve been all over the place. Have you noticed any difference in audience reactions based on the town?
A: I do find that there’s a certain area in the South that I have to soften things up a little bit. A lot of my humor is based in relationship humor, so I do a little bit of an unlicensed sex therapy session for couples. While I am pitching it to the married people, there is a little bit of an abrasion coming from the women. That’s where the gender difference comes into play, but I just think it’s more of a Southern values/Bible Belt kind of thing. A joke that can kill up North can be met with crickets in the Bible Belt. You have to know how to read a room, and that’s trial and error.
Q: You’ve played the Buffalo area before. Have you enjoyed your shows in the past?
A: I was at this club last year and it was my first time there. Not knowing what to expect is part of the gamble and fun of comedy. That’s when you’re flying blind and just hoping for the best. The audiences [in Buffalo] were very receptive and very generous with their praise and applause. They rode out to the show wanting to laugh. Those are the kinds of rooms I look forward to, and I was very happy to get rebooked there.
Katrina Brown (katrinabrowncomedy.com)
When: 8 and 10 p.m. Saturday
Where: Rob’s Comedy Playhouse, 1340 North Forest Road, Williamsville