We had the good fortune of connecting with Lauren Dufault and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lauren, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risk is always necessary and built into becoming a comedian; and it also changes as you deal with your fear on and off stage. At first it is even the idea of attempting it is a big risk. But as time goes on, they change into tiny adjustments that can either make or break a joke. Heck, one big risk I had was actually telling my parents I was serious about comedy. I think there has to be a balance. Not enough risk- you go nowhere. Too much? And you lose the ability to organize your thoughts and find steady ground in your life. One thing I know for sure is that it has always helped me continue an adventurous life and learn a lot about myself.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
All I can say is that this comedy journey has been a RIDE so far. The twists and turns of being a comedian can be pretty sharp and treacherous- and Im thankful for all of them. Comedy has given me the resources as a performer to continue to be creative and meet other amazing creatives too! One of the most exciting things I have discovered other than being apart of shows, is producing and hosting my own shows that entertain the audience as well as have a bigger impact. My show Big Girl Pants spins the male dominated world of stand up on its head, having two male comedians compete to feature for a Female Headliner. My other show Jokes, On You gives people a chance to get coached by veteran comedians before performing their first comedy set EVER. Through the years I have been performing and producing, challenges have been there. I would say the biggest personal challenge has been to continue to listen to my intuition, and ignoring the well meant (or not) advice from others. It is YOUR decision whether you want to listen to someone about what they think you should or shouldn’t do. (One time I was told I shouldn’t wear my hair down on stage because I would intimidate the men, like really?!) Ive learned so many things over the years of performing and producing- but it all boils down to: Be Kind. Be Funny. Oh, and also get a cat. Cats are dope.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Oh man, a week off?! That sounds marvelous. I would most likely take my friends out hiking, Id go to shows at Rise Comedy, find brunch somewhere, sushi on broadway, and my favorite dive bar Wide Right.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to give my own shoutout to you. Whatever it is, go for it. You wont regret it.