The future of comedy is female at The Heavy Anchor

The future of comedy is female at The Heavy Anchor

BEVO MILL – Once a month at the Heavy Anchor in south St. Louis, women pack the lineup of a comedy show aptly titled, “The Future is Female.” With a different host and lineup each month, the set tries to feature diverse female comedians from all walks of life and levels of experience in comedy.

On April 19th eight comedians hit the stage, plus host Angela Smith, who kicked things off with her own set.

Each comedian did a set of about seven minutes, touching on subjects like dating, trans issues, and the #MeToo movement. Amy Milton turned her stand-up into a poem which she performed for the audience. All the comedians got laughs from a packed bar.

Afterward, host Angela Smith took the time to speak to The SouthSider about all things comedy, women, and her own career.

Smith got her start in comedy about three years ago, originally performing sketch comedy with a now-defunct group called Sketch Pad. After trying out a storytelling showcase, she decided to try stand up at a few open mics and has been performing ever since. This was her first time hosting “The Future is Female.”

When asked what makes somebody funny, she said it often has to do with the audience. “ I think courage makes you funny, just to get up here,” she said. “I think being unique makes you funny, just to have a unique perspective on things.”

But, she added, different audiences might react differently. “I mean, they’re your best feedback. Hopefully just having a crazy, storied life makes you funny, and I’m glad we get to show it off here at the Heavy Anchor.”

She also said that, though men and women might have different lived experiences, women can certainly be just as funny as men can. “Funny is funny. I think men are going to have a different lived experience and they’re not going to have the same series of things happen to them that happen to women and vice versa. I mean, I can’t go on stage talking about being a guy on Tinder. I don’t know what it’s like to send five hundred swipes or whatever,” she said.

“I do think that everyone is funny,” said Smith. “It’s just how you tell your story from the experience you have. There are definitely gonna be differences in how men and women receive the universe and the things that happen to them. Women have a lot of funny stories to tell that are getting crazier and crazier, and this is our way to do it.”

Jamie Frtiz, Amber Klear, Amy Milton, Emily Hickner, Carlie Lawrence, Danie Lydia, Micaela Mohr and Lisa Pockets, who hails from Columbia all took the stage the night we attended.

“The Future is Female” runs once a month at the Heavy Anchor. The next event will happen on May 10th. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online or at the door.  The Heavy Anchor is located at 5226 Gravois, near Eichelberger in south city.