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Meet Mollie Merkel

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mollie Merkel.

Mollie, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
My first attempts at expressing myself or with comedy were impressions of my father and my grandmother Helen who would ask questions she already knew the answer to. For instance she would ask my dad, “Jimmy are you eating a sandwich.” While he would be eating a ham and cheese sandwich. I’d imitate the two of them at the lunch table in middle school and all my friends would crack up.

My mom struggled with deep depressions when I was a kid and one day I went into the Lion’s Den so to speak and did an impression of my English Teacher who baked a cake for William Shakespeare’s birthday and she laughed the most pure laugh. I think that’s when comedy sort of became spiritual in my bones. Like I knew it was healing or something in some way. I buried my artistic aspirations in sports…specifically my soccer ball and earned a Division 1 Soccer Scholarship. I’d sneak in the computer lab my senior year looking up my favorite comedians bios and clips online. Amy Sedaris, Molly Shannon, Gilda Radner. Whatever I could get my hands on.

Then after I graduated I moved to chicago in my dad’s pickup truck in the middle of the night. I ended up returning the truck. But stayed in the city. That’s where I got the courage to perform. The journey has been good so far. Constantly learning and evolving ways to express what is in my heart and collaborate with people I admire and want to be surrounded by. I’m in a creative writing class at the moment where I’m working on a collection of essays about my family and life thus far.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The biggest obstacle I’m trying to overcome is shame and isolating and being more open to people that are wanting to share who they really are. I’m trying to become more emotionally intimate. I love the art of writing and how it makes you aware of your blindspots and desires when you reflect on what it is you wrote.

I grew up on a farm with 8 brothers and sisters. I’m interested film, television, writing, and astrology as I went to Evolutionary Astrology School with Ricky Williams (former NFL player) this year. Love learning and seeing the world through many different lenses. I love people and finding out what makes them tick. Characters have always been my favorite vacation from myself. Characters that are desiring to transform or feel held back in life. I find a lot of vulnerability in those people. I also love people who are passionate about the mundane things. Like making soap.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Being in nature and playing on the farm. Picking corn with my brothers in the morning and pretending we were old ladies.

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Sela Shiloni
Jen Rosenstein

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