Today we’d like to introduce you to Lisa Belluomini.
Lisa, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
My family and I have always loved comedy. My parents took me to a Chicago Second City kids improv show when I was six years old, and I asked to go up when kids were invited to be a part of the performance. My dad had some major health issues around this same time. During rough days in our house emotionally I would create characters and do anything to make my family laugh and come out of our comatose state. I went to Bowling Green State University in Ohio, and when I found out Second City was opening a school in Cleveland, I had to be there. I drove 1.5 hours from my college once a week to take improv classes there before they ended up closing. When I moved to Cincinnati, I found a Standup class was being offered, and I felt compelled to try it. I was the only female taking the class, and I was surprised on how much I enjoyed my first show. Even though I enjoyed performing, I didn’t know how to go about doing it on the regular. Comedy has always been a part of my life, but I decided to take it seriously a few years ago. I lived in Florida after Ohio and during that time I made a trip out to Los Angeles for a week to test out the waters. The last day of my LA trip I went to the Price is Right. Being from Cleveland originally, it was a dream to meet Drew Carey and who doesn’t love the price is right?!?! While waiting to go into the studio, I prayed a prayer. I said, “God if you want me to move here (to Los Angeles), I need to leave here today with $10,000.” God answered my prayer. I won prizes that day at the show that was just over that amount, and I got to meet Drew! I called my parents after the show and said I am moving to Los Angeles and the rest is history.
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I think it is easy to put people in a box and say they are this or that, but I feel called to performance and comedy, and I like to hold those labels loosely. I love acting and writing as well as improv and standup and all those things fall under those two umbrellas along with other creative art. When I tell people, I do comedy they usually think all I do is standup, but I also like to write comedy, act, and sing. I want to be a voice that hasn’t been heard. I don’t want to do what has been done. If I recreate what has been created already, I should be doing something else. To me this is not just a job, it is a calling, and I want to bring life to those taking in my art. I love doing standup because you can take new information in the world and produce it for the public in a fresh way so quickly. I want to create content that families can enjoy together. I remember taking in theatre, tv, and movies with my parents that we both enjoyed through any format. I want to be a part of that for families today. When multiple generations can enjoy an art together that is a win and an experience that families and individuals alike can fall back on.
What responsibility, if any, do you think artists have to use their art to help alleviate problems faced by others? Has your art been affected by issues you’ve concerned about?
As a comedienne, I personally want to be a place people can escape the stress of what is going on in their lives and the world. We all need a break sometimes! I also like the challenge of taking the hot topics and current events and creating a space to laugh about them. I remember going through a specifically challenging time in my life, and everything was serious for an extended amount of time. I can remember the first time I laughed after weeks, and it was so therapeutic. It released so much tension and gave me so much freedom. I hope I can be that breathe of fresh air in someones day in a small or large way.
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I am currently doing standup all around Los Angeles, and you can see me at least once a month at Flappers Comedy Club in Burbank.
- Website: thelovelylisa.com
- Instagram: thelovely_lisa