Tuesday, February 18, 2014

HBIC Volume 5: Lace Larrabee

As we were planning Backbone Fest this past year, we were searching for the very best lady talent around. The comedy stylings of mega HBIC were recommended to us and boom - we had to have Lace Larrabee as a part of the event. Once she hit the stage, it was as if this kindred spirit was speaking our language. We love a funny lady and this woman is smart and kind to boot. 

Get to know Lace a little better and find out where she'll be performing next:

How did you get started being so awesome as a comedian? 
I'm so flattered, thank you for the compliment! I have to credit my family with my sense of humor and my unnecessarily high level of confidence. Making fun of each other was how we showed love and built tough skin at same time.

Photo By: Visual Music Photography
Why comedy?
I have been a fan of anything comedy related for as long as I can remember. I knew I loved to make people laugh and I love to perform! When I got too old to compete in pageants or be a cheerleader anymore, I had to find another way to get in front of an audience. Stand-up comedy, as crazy as it sounds, was just a natural transition for me.

How do you stay inspired?

Life is funny and that's pretty much all the inspiration I need. I'm inspired by ridiculous jobs I've had, relationships, family, getting older, really everything. I've realized that as soon as you replace anger with gratitude, it's easier to kick back and see the humor in everything around you.

What advice do you have women in your industry?

Well, the women who are already in the industry blow me away with their innovation and talent on a daily basis. I constantly learn from them. However, If I were talking to a woman wanting to get into comedy, I would just encourage her to follow her dreams, as cliche as that sounds. Push forward and stick to what you think is funny despite the negativity you might receive from the fun-haters out there. Also, it's not even worth it to engage people who don't believe women can be funny. It's such an absurd and antiquated subject that's only ever brought up by men who don't have the guts to get up and take chances themselves. 

Photo By: Visual Music Photography

Desert island - what 3 things are you bringing?
Sunscreen, a knife, and a yacht.

Top Atlanta finds/favorite places?
Piedmont Park is my favorite place in Atlanta. It's a great place to people watch, exercise and day drink all at the same time.

Also, I love hoarding antiques and Paris on Ponce is the best place to browse for hours imagining what my house would look like filled with awesome things I can't afford.

Where can we catch you performing next?
2/26 The Jungle Room
2/27 The Punchline
3/1 Jerry Farber's Side Door

I'll post my other upcoming dates on lacelarrabee.com! Please come out to support local comedy!
Photo By: Visual Music Photograpy

Give us some words of wisdom:
Don't sweat the petty stuff and don't pet the sweaty stuff.

What’s the craziest thing that happened to you while performing?
A guy hit on me from the audience in the middle of my set after his girlfriend got up to go to the bathroom. I can't believe I didn't take this knight in shining armor up on his irresistible offer. Man, I really missed out.

We love you, do you love us?
Of course! How could I not?! Thank you again for the opportunity to perform at The Backbone Fest! It is still the highlight of my stand-up career! 

*All images courtesy of Visual Music Photography