Comedy: Iliza Schlesinger

Having won this past summer’s edition of Last Comic Standing, one would think that Iliza Schlesinger would be breathing a little easier. Through January she is touring with other comedians from that program, and she’s actually feeling more pressure in a

Having won this past summer’s edition of Last Comic Standing, one would think that Iliza Schlesinger would be breathing a little easier. Through January she is touring with other comedians from that program, and she’s actually feeling more pressure in a way.

“People have seen you on TV,” she says. “Now they’re paying to see you in real life, and the pressure is even more, because you want to make sure they come back and see you again the next time you’re in town, so you’ve got to deliver.” Of course she then realizes something else. “We play places that seat from 1,100 to 2,500 people, which after you’ve done stand-up on TV for millions of people, isn’t such a huge deal.”

Though you may have watched her perform on LCS, she cautions that those brief snippets are not entirely indicative of her set. “On Last Comic you want to do stuff that’s crowd pleasing topics everyone can relate too. In general you can only talk about what you know, and what I know, is the way young people behave. I know stuff about animals, and I know how to make fun of people and myself.”

Shlesinger will perform at the Aronoff for the Last Comic Standing tour with finalists Marcus, Jeff Dye, Louis Ramey and Jim Tavare. $25-$45. Get details, buy tickets and find nearby bars and restaurants here


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