Two years ago, Hmoodle featured the very funny Amy Anderson as apart of the “Hmoodle is Funny” feature we had been doing. If you aren’t familiar with her work, you may have seen her in the Southwest Airlines TV commercial. Its the one where she’s in the elevator blocking the way of the guy trying to get out. Very subtle, but pretty funny nonetheless.
Amy would describe herself as “a funny American girl who happened to be born in Korea and adopted by Swedish parents in suburban Minnesota”. Amy found her calling as a little girl who would find herself in the principal’s office for causing trouble in the classroom. She was able to take that act of rebellion and turn it into a career as a comedian. I think she made the right choice.
Its been two years since I’ve seen Amy. Last time we met up was at the Illusion Theater in Minneapolis. Amy will return him to the Lake of 10,000 lakes at the Joke Joint Comedy Club in Bloomington, April 22-24. So, I figured now was as good as time as any to catch up and help her promote the event.
Ryan: I’m here with comedian, Amy Anderson, who Hmoodle featured two years ago. Its been awhile, so I’ve got to ask, how are things going for you?
Amy: This are going well! I can’t complain. I’m working and I’m healthy, my kid is healthy, my dog is healthy. All is well!
Ryan: What have yo been up to since we last talked?
Amy:Obviously, I’ve been VERY busy with my daughter. She’s a toddler now and apparently, she didn’t get the memo about sleeping in on the weekends. I shot a comedy special for Showtime called, “Hot Tamales Live!” and a pilot for a new talk show. Then I’m always traveling, performing at colleges and clubs all over the country. So basically, lots and lots of work!
Ryan: Well I hope you pilot thing works out for now. I know you were in a Southwest Airlines commercial. The commercial with you in an elevator. How did you happen to get that role?
Amy:Just like any acting role, I had to audition for it, audition again at the call back for the director and clients and then book it. It’s quite a process. I don’t think most people realize how much goes into making a simple 30 second commercial. There’s also a lot of rejection. I audition for a lot of jobs I don’t get. The entertainment industry is not for the thin skinned!
Ryan: How old is your daughter Aubrey now? How has life as a Mom been?
Amy: The fabulous Aubrey is almost three. Her birthday is in June and she’s really ready to be a three year old. Very independent and full of opinions and ideas! Being a mom is exhausting and thankless, but it’s also an amazing adventure. It’s really like nothing else and my daughter is my favorite person in the world. Balancing a comedy career and motherhood is a nearly impossible challenge, but I’m getting it done so far. It’s day to day. Sometimes minute to minute.
Ryan: Do you think your approach to comedy has changed since you became a Mom?
Amy: The approach hasn’t changed but I definitely have more material and a constant new source. I’m telling you, you just can’t make up the things that toddlers say. I think my next comedy album might be called, “Smell My Finger Mommy!”
Ryan: Very cute. Now I know you are appearing at the NACA Conference in April. I know that gets you lots of exposure to the college crowd. Is there a difference performing for them versus in a bar or comedy club?
Amy: There’s a little bit of a difference, but overall, I do the same material. I have a set of jokes I do mostly just for college crowds because it’s about life in the dorms, but it’s not like it wouldn’t work in a regular club. It might just need a little tweak, but I don’t worry about changing things too much. I even do a lot of my material about being a mom for college students. I believe that funny is funny and honestly, I don’t worry about it too much. I just talk about things I think are funny. That’s it!
Ryan: You will also be performing in Bloomington in April. Can you give our reader’s some information as it pertains to those shows?
Amy: I’m headlining the Joke Joint Comedy Club in Bloomington, April 22-24. This will be my first time headlining a club in Minnesota. I’ve performed at colleges and private events and even sold out my own theater shows here in the Twin Cities, but never done a club here, so it will be different and exciting. Also a little more pressure is on me to sell the tickets to make the club owners happy, but I think the fans will come out… HINT HINT! Please come out to support me so the club will have me back again in the future. And so my child can eat. How’s that for a guilt trip? Seriously, I’m really excited! There are five shows in three nights and the tickets are really affordable, so there’s no excuse people! I want to see you there!
Ryan: For those who haven’t seen your act before, can you possibly describe your style of comedy and or what they can expect if they attend one of your shows?
Amy:Fun! Energy. Unique. I promise, I’m not like any other comedian you’ve seen before. I’m not your run of the mill 30 something white guy telling jokes about relationships and smokin’ weed. That’s been done. I talk about life as I know it and I’m not a typical person in any way. You will leave smiling and laughing and I promise it won’t be like any comedy show you’ve seen before. Man, maybe I’m setting myself up too hard. The pressure! What am I doing?
Ryan: You looking forward to coming back home to Minnesota?
Amy: Well, Minnesota hasn’t been my home for a while now, but I always love coming back. It’s where my parents are, so many friends and it makes me appreciate the awesome weather in Southern Cali! No seriously, I do love coming back. I always have so much fun and I’m bringing my daughter this time too, so it will be fun to take her to places I went to as a kid and show her where mommy is from.
Ryan: We look forward to seeing you perform again. Last time Hmoodle saw you in Minneapolis, we had a great time. Do you have any last words for our readers?
Amy:Thank you so much for your Hmoodly support! I hope you make it to a show and feel free to hit me up on Facebook, Twitter or even just email me on my website, AmyAnderson.net. I also have a blog, FunnyYellowMom.Blogspot.com and I love being able to connect with fans online, so give me a shout!
If you are in the Twin Cities area on April 22-24th, I highly recommend you check out Amy’s act. I’ve seen it three times and each has been different and hillarious. So, try something new and avoid the bar and night club and check out Amy at Joke Joint Comedy Club in Bloomington, MN!
For Ticket Information;
Joke Joint Comedy Club
2300 East American Blvd.
Bloomington, MN: in the Ramada Mall of America (formerly the Thunderbird Hotel)
For more info on Amy Anderson, you can check her out at these links:
I want to thank Amy Anderson for once again being apart of Hmoodle. We appreciate it. I hope our Hmoodle readers will go out and support her.
For questions, comments in regards to this article, you can reach me at [email protected] (Ryan Madland)