"Find your happy place and go for it."
Felicia Madison is a hot and sassy new comic taking on the NYC comedy scene in designer heels. Check out her advice to other aspiring comedians!
I've always used comedy as a social tool. When in social situations, I was much better at making a quick conversational joke (on a topic being discussed) than making small talk.
What are you most known for?
From a comedy perspective, fun, family humor.
Personally, I'm known for being extremely organized, dedicated and a go-to girl for advice on fashion finds or anything else.
What do you want to be known for?
I want to be known for bringing a smile to as many people as possible. Extremely creative, kind and caring.
What are you currently working on or towards?
I am working on Laughing Lunches—a new forum for women (and a few good men) to practice their material during the day to an upscale target audience.
Late nights are hard on the female mom comic. Laughing Lunches provides an alternative forum to practice and bring their humor to an appropriate audience.
I'd also like to work on a television series—or Fashion Police.
Photos: JJ Ignotz
Who’ve been some of the mentors/teachers instrumental to your success?
I have worked closely with Andy Engel at Gotham who put me in touch with great teachers. The entire comedian community is very supportive and helpful. Generally, they have been a great group to work with.
If you could offer advice to your younger self or young aspiring comedians, what would it be?
Don’t do it! Stand up is very, very difficult. You have to really love it to do it. You can do this for years, and years, and years and never get anywhere. I am at a point in my life where it is fun. I am fortunate not to have to support myself. I think not having pursued my dreams and passions as a young adult was a big mistake. That's my advice to younger comics and my younger self. Find your happy place and go for it.
What do you love about the digital age we live in?
I love that it is easy to communicate in a manner other than live. Again, back to why I do comedy, I love humor—not necessarily conversation. Email and internet allows me to think and write and contact people in a manner that is comfortable for me.
What do you hate about the digital age we live in?
I don’t understand it. I feel like my mother a lot… I don’t understand how this works and I am too old to learn.
Why did you choose to “get creative” with us?
Another comic who I admire, Karen Bergreen, said she really enjoyed working with you. You seem to know the “scene” and were a pleasure to work with so all in all it was a win-win for me.
How would you describe the process/experience?
It was very easy and simple. You really seemed to get me and guide me to what the right solution for what to do and not to do.
What responses or results have you received?
I have gotten great response. People think it is a beautiful, very professional site. Let's see what Jimmy Fallon thinks!!
Okay, rapid fire...
Favorite Male Comedian: Jerry Seinfeld
Favorite Female Comedian: Joan Rivers
Favorite Place in NYC: My home
Favorite Person in the World: My family
Thanks for the interview and project, Felicia.
I loved crafting your online content—can't wait to see how you craft your onstage content!
Find more at FeliciaMadison.com.
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