From Standup to Punch up: Erin Foley on Writing
What is it like to make the transition from writing and delivering stand-up jokes to punching up sitcom scripts for a friend’s upcoming NBC sitcom?
“It’s sort of like this new form of stress that you have to get through,” says comedian Erin Foley, who is bringing her talents to Columbus’s Woodlands Tavern on January 24.
Foley’s upcoming show will mark her third performance in Columbus and second at Woodland’s Tavern. When asked about what has happened since her last time in town, Foley joked, “I think I put a couple pounds on from the holiday. That’s always fun.” Foley went on to discuss the actual work that she’s been up to since her stand-up career last brought her to Ohio, which includes work on TruTV’s How to Be a Grown Up and writing for NBC’s sitcom One Big Happy, which will premiere in March. Foley described her work for One Big Happy—which often included re-writing scripts in between takes while filming in front of a live studio audience—as stressful, but “really fun when it worked.” The self-identified sports nut described the One Big Happy writer’s room as a supportive, team environment.
Foley, an out lesbian, joked in her stand-up debut on Conan, “My world is sports because sometimes stereotypes are true.” While television has provided her fun and rewarding work, the stand-up comedy that Foley will bring to Columbus is still the center of her career.
Foley admits that living in California has made her “an absolute wuss” when it comes to the weather, which was no help to her on her last trip to Ohio, when the temperature dipped to twenty degrees below zero. Regardless, the comedian will bring her sharp, observational humor to Columbus on Saturday, January 24, no matter the weather.
“I like to hang out in Ohio during the polar vortex. It’s gonna be great,” says Foley, who will bring new material and lots of layers on her trip.