If you are looking for a professional Mickey Mouse rap song or in need of a little bit of a push to go to an open mic and test out your comedy material then you should DEFINITELY listen to Episode 6 now.
Episode 6 of Up in Smoke features….the wonderful…….female……….comedian + producer + actress……HATTIE JEAN HAYES! She will give you the run-down on her experiences wandering the streets of downtown Phoenix, starting the all-female comedy show Ladykillers, and make you laugh.
—So, go listen to the show then come back to finish reading this por favor)–
Hattie has worked all-angles of the creative desert octagon that is Arizona. She is the co-creator of Phoenix Educational Programming, (the LLC behind Pep-rally), the co-producer of The Storrs Objection (the fact-checking comedy show that has been featured in several big festivals including the Big Pine Comedy Festival and Brooklyn’s Cinder Block Comedy Festival) and the creator of the only all-female comedy show in Arizona, Ladykillers.
Hattie was teleported (yes) from Missouri to downtown Phoenix four years ago, not knowing a single Phoenician.
“My freshman year (of college) I did a lot of wandering around by myself,” she said on the show (which you can listen to here).
She credits a lot to her downtown journeys, including her involvement in the local comedy scene, her experience as a slam-poet hostess at Lawn Gnome (R.I.P.), and her most recent acting role at the Space 55 show, Remote Control, to her street-wandering experiences.
(Note: I have yet to evolve from wandering around solo so if you need someone to wander with hmu).
Flash forward to today, where Raina and I got to ask Hattie every question that we ever had about the orgins of Ladykillers (which is hands-down the loveliest comedy show in Arizona, this is not a plug but a fact).
After discussing the need for a woman-driven comedy show with other female comics of the Valley, mixed with the overwhelming amount of Arizona comedy shows that will not book women (don’t be that dude we will kill you) and bookers who argued that “there are not enough female comedians to have one on every show” for a monthly show, Hattie decided to create her own, and that’s how Ladykillers was born.
“One of the things that people say that really bothers me is, ‘Oh, I don’t want to specifically ask for women (comedians), that’s pandering,” and I’m like ‘No, it’s not,” Hattie said.
Her diversity-driven show goes above and beyond to find and showcase female comedians of all kinds, including those who identify as trans, queer, or non-binary. The goal of the show remains to create a supportive environment for new comics and further show off the very funny female talent of Arizona.
“More people and friends of mine come to the show to support because they know that it’s not going to be two and a half hours of dick jokes,” Hattie said.
(#NotAllMen note: we love men comedians who love female comedians and support diversity)
Through the creation of Ladykillers, Hattie has also helped other female comedians to meet each other, further strengthening the female comedy presence of Phoenix. She also is very supportive of any woman looking to dip her toes into the comedy pool (desert).
“If you’ve never done comedy before and you want to try it, just email me and I’ll say yes. I’ll give you three minutes and if you’re phenomenal, which has happened, I’ll give you five,” Hattie said.
Hattie also talked about the power of “going with your gut” with whatever creative project that you want to see happen and not overthinking it.
“If you want to see something creative come to fruition and you don’t do it, it’s never going to get done,” she said.
You can catch Hattie this summer at the Laugh Riot Girl Festival in LA in June, the Storrs Objection this summer in St. Louis, and stay up to date on the other awesome things she is doing by following her on Facebook here or Instagram here.
Also: I can confirm that Ladykillers is a great place to work your funny-girl thots and the main reason that I got better at comedy so buy her lunch and email her!!
But start here and GO LISTEN TO EPISODE 6 OF UP IN SMOKE!!! It will make you funnier.