Quick shout out to Stand Up Comedy Clinic student and funny girl, Sascha Knopf, who moved to the Semi-Final round in California’s Funniest Female comedy competition at the Ice House in Pasadena Wednesday night.
Sascha was in a mix of some darn good comedians too. Many of whom traveled from as far as Washington D.C. to participate in the competition.
One of the things that I really dig about teaching is watching students overcome obstacles, develop their comedic skill, hit milestones and achieve dreams: and this is no exception because the fascinating part of this share is that Sascha has only been involved in stand-up for eight months!
One of the judges said it was a blend of her structure and performance that made the judge feel like she “belonged there.”
About Sascha Knopf
Sascha is a skilled actress who has appeared in films like “Shallow Hal,” “Expiration Date” and “What’s the Worst That Could Happen?,” where she held her own comedically, playing opposite Danny Devito and Martin Lawrence. (Check out her reel on Sascha’s website.)
Sascha decided to try stand-up to compliment acting resume and give herself yet another creative outlet.
I say, “yet another,” because Knopf is one those people who exudes creativity. She’s always working on something to keep the creativity Gods happy. If she’s not acting or doing stand-up, she’s shooting pictures, because she’s also a skilled photographer. She spent some time with some of the top fashion designers shooting fashion week in New York and still shoots actors, comedians and events in L.A.
She has a keen sense of color and an intuitiveness that helps bring out the unique persona of the people she shoots. Check out some of her work, here.
I’m proud to brag that Comedy Clinic Alumn, Stephanie Blum, also moved to the next round in the competition. Stephanie is a veteran of stand-up comedy and can crank out some great material so I’m looking forward to the competition as it moves forward with two Comedy Clinic students going to the semi-finals.
Shameless Plug: Comedy Clinic Student Won in 2013
Our students are no strangers to the CA Funniest Female comedy competition, as alumnus Pauline Yasuda was the winner of the competition in 2013! Pauline brought her comedy A-game to the competition last year which was held at Flappers Comedy Club in Burbank, CA. Pauline took first place out of a ton of comics who came from as far as Australia.
Pauline may be taking a break from comedy for a bit as she just had her first baby, but as a father of five myself (that’s right, Five! Don’t judge!), I know Pauline will have a ton of new jokes in the coming months!
Good luck to all the comedians in this year’s California’s Funniest Female comedy competition!
About the Competition
California’s Funniest Female comedy competition is in it’s 11th year. It is produced by Bill Word and attracts comedians from all over the world and has done a lot to promote female comedians throughout its tenure. Check out their website and keep tabs so you can get into the competition next year!