Name: Selena Coppock
What is your current project?
This week I released my debut standup comedy album, SEEN BETTER DAYS (Little Lamb Recordings) and it spent two days as #1 on iTunes in the comedy category! It’s been a long time coming and I’m very proud of it. I recorded it at The Duplex in late July and then went through a few rounds of mixing and it’s finally here. I’m a standup comedian with around 12 years of standup experience under my belt and SEEN BETTER DAYS is an assortment of my favorite jokes and stories—everything from mocking the wedding industrial complex to a story about a bar fight at a Guns N Roses cover band concert to strange one liners about feminism and Bob Seger.
Where are you performing your show and why is it a good fit for your production?
I perform live in NYC regularly (anywhere they will have me) but the show that I am most proud of is the live variety show that I co-produce and co-host with my brilliant friend Lauren Maul. Our show is called BITCHCRAFT and it’s a mix of music, standup, storytelling, sequins, and an occasional dance number. Our next show is Wednesday January 10th and the show happens at Sid Gold’s Request Room (26th Street by 7th Avenue) which is a beautiful, vintage-style piano karaoke bar. They have a delicious menu, amazing drinks, a beautiful showroom, and a grand piano.
What’s next for you?
Lots of live shows in New York City as the year wraps up and as we launch into 2018. I’m hoping to share my new album with lots of people and I dream of a day when strangers will scream my punch line at me on the street.
What is the name of the last show you saw?
Dave Chapelle and Erika Badu at Radio City back in August with my ex-boyfriend. The show was absolutely amazing, the company was not.
Any advice for your peers?
I’m a real sucker for inspirational quotes and one of my favorites is “eyes on your own paper.” In comedy and acting it is so easy to want to compare yourself to your peers and try to measure yourself and figure out if you are “enough” and you are! Just focus on YOUR journey and YOUR work and try not to be affected by what other people are doing or their timeline of progress. That said, if you DO find yourself comparing yourself to other people or feeling down, remember my personal mantra, “be gentle with your sweet self.”
Selena Coppock is a standup comedian, writer, author, and storyteller based in NYC. She has been called a “dark horse audiences never see coming” by The Village Voice and an “impressive young talent” by the New York Times. Bustle called her one of the 8 Funniest Feminists on Twitter and TheFrisky ranked her one of the 25 Funniest Feminists on Twitter. She is the creator of @NYTVows, the parody Twitter and Instagram account that lampoons the New York Times Wedding section.
Selena was recently seen in the Amazon Prime sitcom RED OAKS and has been seen on Bravo, Lifetime, VH1, CollegeHumor.com, RooftopComedy.com, and elsewhere.
When: Wed Jan 10th
Where: Sid Gold’s Request Room at 165 W 26th St, New York, NY 10001; $5 at door