The idea of fame, fortune, and being interviewed for Rolling Stone definitely made Kaytlin Bailey’s head spin for a moment. Who wouldn’t be a bit giddy at the thought? But then she read the e-mail from the gentleman proposing his services as a manager more closely.
His complete lack of knowledge of stand-up comedy raised a red flag, while his indirect admission that he never saw her perform live set that flag a-fluttering (judging by what she learned about him later, he most likely discovered her via a YouTube search for, ahem, “hot comedy bitches”). When the man suggested that prior to him transforming her comedy career into a multimillion dollar brand, he would need to crash on her sofa for a few days, yeah, well … thanks for the offer, but no thanks.
Hey, just another day in the life of an up-and-coming comedian learning the ropes in Big Apple.
Back when she was a student at the College of Charleston, Bailey was no stranger to the stage, but it wasn’t until she moved up north that she caught the fever for the funny.
“When you’re in love with what you’re doing, everything changes,” she says. Since she left Charleston, she’s been paying her dues in the comedy clubs and open mic sets, hosting gigs, writing, and making connections with “people who are just as passionate, weird, and dorky” as she is about comedy. The next logical step? A road trip back to Charleston for Piccolo Spoleto.
“I surrounded myself with people I can learn from,” she says of her fellow comedians on the Pink Collar Comedy Tour. Erin Judge has appeared on Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham and has a stand-up album coming out in June; she’s apt to tell you about a geek-ass hippie boyfriend or two. Carrie Gravenson won New York Underground Comedy Festival’s Emerging Talent Competition, and Abbi Crutchfield is one of the “18 Funny Women You Should Be Following on Twitter” according to Huffington Post.
That’s four rising stars in the New York comedy scene — each with a whole lot to say about life, love, and trying to keep the lights on without the security of a 9 to 5 — all wrapped up in one hilarious show. There will be talk of the futility of trying to hold a steady job while honing comedy skills (Starbucks didn’t work out so well), unpaid training periods, awkward interviews, and Bailey’s awe-inspiring friends who own “real adult stuff” like pots and pans. If you’ve ever been young, hungry, and eager to succeed, you’ll probably relate to this show.
For most of the ladies on the Pink Collar Comedy Tour, this will be their first trip to Charleston. Bailey is already looking forward to showing them her favorite spots from her college days. “As a theater student, Burns Alley was my old stomping grounds,” she laughs. “You never really get Charleston out of your blood.”