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Meet Kissa Starr of Eats and Giggles Comedy Show / Plants and Teas in Leimert Park

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kissa Starr.

Kissa, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I am currently running two businesses. One is Eats and Giggles Comedy Show. Eats and Giggles started because a comedian friend of mine started doing stand-up comedy in LA. He wanted the opportunity to perform for a black audience and the place he went to said he had to wait his turn to get on the stage.

We were writing partners at the time and after listening to his story, I was inspired to create a platform for comedians on the rise. Kind of like  a Def Comedy Jam with a twist of Showtime at the  Apollo. The name Eats and Giggles comes from me missing the connection I have with my family and friends in New York and wanted to create that community and connection through food, laughter and music. Our show is based in Leimert Park, the black art district of LA at Hot and Cool Cafe. We did three shows at Hot and Cool Cafe and was filming season 1 for our YouTube channel. We had one more show to go before we wrapped our show and then COVID-19 put a pause on our event. We decided to do a version of our show on IG live called “Earn Your Stripes”. A one min. joke off between comedians and the viewers vote on who did it best. The winner wins money and the opportunity to perform on our stage. It was our way of supporting the comedians during the pandemic.

Since I was working from home, I still wanted to do something for the community and work with Hot & Cool Cafe. Being passionate about plants and a tea lover, I had the idea to start Plants and Teas. Since Hot & Cool Cafe is a hub in the community, I wanted to offer plants and plant-based products that would bring life to people’s home and vitality to their health. I am currently working with two artists (metal designer and furniture designer) to build the display. Friends of one of the artists wanted to donate to the community so they are funding the materials for the project.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Since we started Eats & Giggles Comedy Show, we have received so much support from the community and comedians. Because I am filming the show to reach a broader audience, some of the challenges are funding and visibility. We want to reach a larger audience so we can expose new talent.

With Plants and Teas, we are launching in July at Hot and Cool Cafe and so far, people are really excited about our products and having them available in the community. We are doing light promotions and people are coming to the store asking about the products already.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Eats and Giggles Comedy Show / Plants and Teas – what should we know?
Eats & Giggles Comedy Show is a comedy show for comedian on the rise. The goal is to give comedians a platform to showcase and build their following. You can view our Season 1 show on our Youtube channel at Eats and Giggles Comedy Show.

Plants and Teas is a plant-based product line that focuses on elevating your health and your home. We use only the best organic quality for all of our products. We sell house plants, organic teas, plant-based milks, herbal Iced Teas, Aloe Blaq Lemonade, Sea Moss, Aloe Gel, Sage, Palo Santo, Candles, etc.

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