Today we’d like to introduce you to Flora Gignac.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I started Too Soon Comedy Roadshow with my co-founder Maddie McGuire mainly because we were tired of waiting for opportunities to fall on our lap. Going to open mics are great but here in Los Angeles, the odds of you even being called up are slim and when you do get called up you only get 1 to 3 minutes. Being a comedian is challenging enough, so I wanted to have a place where I could practice new jokes and actually have stage time. So far, we have monthly residencies at a couple bars and continue to pitch our show to a variety of places.
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?
It’s never a smooth ride but so far, it has been good. Some challenges that have occurred are mainly being in charge of a large group and finding time to work on your own writing. Also spreading the word about the show, your friends, and social media can only go so far so a lot of networking is key. There’s a lot of men in comedy and sometimes, I can feel uncomfortable and intimidated. The only advice I’m qualified to give to my fellow women in comedy is supported each other and don’t let anyone put limits on you.
“You Is Kind, You Is Smart, You Is Important!” – The Help
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Too Soon Comedy – what should we know?
I am a trained actor and stand up comedian. Stand up is my favorite and most challenging creative outlet. My humor is definitely and little dark and a little inappropriate. What I love about our show “Too Soon Comedy Roadshow” is that we sell ourselves as a variety show. So, it’s not limited to only stand up, we book all different kinds of comedians. We’ve had burlesque comedy, sketch comedy, musical comedy… That’s what sets us apart, we wanted our show to be a place for comedians to feel free to do whatever they want, to try things and explore their creative selves.
What’s the most important piece of advice you could give to a young woman just starting her career?
Be brave and be bold. If there aren’t opportunities for you, MAKE THEM! Nobody is going to push you, you only have yourself.