Happy #TBT, y’all! Now that I live in Seattle — did you know I moved to Seattle? I finally get the Seattle references on Grey’s Anatomy, which has been a beautiful life change — I’ve been thinking a lot about Pittsburgh, particularly my last few weeks there. This year, I was lucky enough to be nominated for Best Comedian in Pittsburgh Magazine’s 2019 Best of the Burgh! Thank you SO much to everyone who nominated and voted for me! I was so excited to be included. The incredible Bill Crawford won — he’s a comedian and a radio personality and he’s great, you should check out his comedy and his radio show! In addition to the nomination, I was featured in an article called “The 5 Funniest People in Pittsburgh (You Haven’t Heard Of)” Check out the article!
It was such an honor to be included in this list of hilarious people I know and respect from the Pittsburgh comedy scene. Big thanks to Sean Collier for the nod!
Little did I know, this article made me OFFICIALLY invited to the Best of the Burgh party in late July! It was so exciting. (Thanks to Sarah for the party reminder!) One of my best mates, Katie Barbaro, was in Pittsburgh visiting and staying with me at the time and I was super excited she wanted to be my plus 1 to the party. Katie is a brilliant comedian (and person) who started in LA and moved to NYC to pursue her comedy dreams. Then she gave up everything she owned to travel the world for a year. She’s the coolest. (As I write this, she’s here with me in Seattle! Is this excitement what Sleepless in Seattle is about?!)
Katie and I were ready to boogie down and celebrate! It was held at the Rivers Casino on Pittsburgh’s North Shore and it was Swanky with a capital S, but not the kind of party with dancing. So we boogied down the best way we knew how: by enjoying all of the free samples and mingling with funny people. We made our way to the second floor (after noting all of the Game of Thrones casino games which should have had punnier names, i.e. Castle Blackjack, Jo Sno Po(ker), a bad pun is better than no pun at all!) and were given commemorative shirts and SO many free things! I’m talking food, beverages, and all kinds of swag! We found Sarah, Emily, Jesse, and Beth immediately and had fun sampling Colombe Draft Lattes with their sample team. (Coffee at night? More like WILDEST OF THE BURGH.) And our caffeinated group really enjoyed the heck out of the photo booth and all of its props.
We saw a bunch of pals from Arcade Comedy Theater and a few from The Pittsburgh Improv. It was a hoot. Here are some adorable photos from an overall adorable night.