Today we’d like to introduce you to Peggy Sinnott.
Peggy, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I spent my early years in LA (you’ll never guess) trying to be an actor. Now, very likely I was doing it wrong, but at auditions, I felt like I was constantly trying to fit myself into a box of what other people were looking for and man oh man was I never “it.”
Around five years ago when I stumbled into stand up, I was dying to just figure out who the hell I was under there. The process of writing jokes and discovering what I feel compelled to say to people over the years is so gratifying. There’s room for other people’s expectations of you–but ultimately, you get to show everybody who you are.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I was very lucky when I was new to comedy: some terrific and kind comedians put me on a lot of shows when I could have easily been stuck performing only at open mics. Now, I love open mics, and find them incredibly valuable–but I can also tell you that if mics were my only introduction to the LA Comedy Scene, I would have certainly quit. There has always been a presence at open mics of unskilled people, grasping for jokes and going for easy punchlines that are extremely homophobic and misogynistic.
Now that I have many shows and festivals under my belt, the struggle is with my own patience. I aspire to perform stand up at the highest levels and I’d be lying to you if I said being five years in and grinding away without a “credit” feels good. As you cheer on friends and peers when they achieve these big, validating benchmarks like late-night sets, you’d be a fucking crazy person to not also quietly long for your own opportunities. And instastories do not help!
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Peggy Sinnott – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
My generation of comics, the younger millennials, are just starting to break through. I’ve heard complaints that we tell too many jokes about eating ass, but honestly, my ass-eating joke is one of the funniest things I’ve written.
What sets me apart? You know how our favorite porn stars to watch are the people who look like they’re having a really good time? (Yeah, me neither!) I love stand up with every ounce of my anxious little body and my love for it is apparent when I’m onstage.
What quality or characteristic do you feel is most important to your success?
I think stand up boils down to people’s talent at two things: writing and performing. (Oh and I guess resilience and ability to take rejection constantly?–Working on it in therapy!)
My writing is always growing–getting sharper and deeper–but I’m really really good at standing on a stage and connecting to my audience because I’m genuinely excited to show them who I am.
- Website: www.peggysinnott.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/peggysinnott/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/peggysinnott
Rebecca Aranda Photography, Matt Misisco Studios