Life and Religion
|All hail Tara Brown, the queen of clean comedy routine|
|Promotes laughs entire family can enjoy|
|Published Wednesday, October 9, 2019 1:07 pm|
|COURTESY TARA BROWN
|Charlotte comic Tara Brown is host of the Clean Comedy Brunch Oct. 20 at The Comedy Zone.|
Clean comedy can leave you with a belly full of laughs.
Charlotte-based comedian Tara Brown, who works in that medium, will host the Clean Comedy Brunch on Oct. 20 at The Comedy Zone at 3:30 p.m. with Crystalle Ramey, Sterling Thrill, Don Garrett and Improv Charlotte. Her goal with the series is to create a space where people can bring their kids, because nothing evaluates the talent of a comedian like the response, or lack thereof, from a child. It includes mimosas for adults and mocktails for the kids.
“It’s super family friendly, and it’s comedy for all ages,” Brown said. “Families who are saying, ‘I can’t bring my kids to a comedy show,’ you can bring your kids to this comedy show. We have some of the funniest comedians who either work clean all the time, or are working clean on this particular day. For this show, I’m super excited, because I’m also going to have an improv group. They’re one of the few improv groups in the city who work completely clean. They’re a lot of fun.”
Brown has been working as a comedian for nearly six years. She never considered working blue, which include R- and X-rated language.
“People always say, ‘clean comedy is hard,’” Brown said. “It’s not for me, because in my daily life I’m not dropping F-bombs.”
Her favorite part is the crowd reaction, specifically little ones in the audience.
“The thing I love about this show are the looks on the kids’ faces,” Brown said. “I love to have kids be able to enjoy the same kind of humor that their parents can. I remember the very first one I had at The Comedy Zone. There was a young girl, and I’m hugging everybody because I pretty much know everyone who is there…there’s this girl who walks in, and she’s about 8, and she has this look on her face like ‘I don’t know why I’m here. I don’t know why they brought me. I don’t know you. This feels like stranger danger. Go away.’ After the show, she comes and gives me the biggest hug. She goes, ‘that was amazing!’ I said, ‘did you have fun?’ She said, ‘I had so much fun!’”
Brown, an adamant New York Yankees and Giants fan, previously worked in publishing at Harper Collins in New York City before moving to public relations several miles south. Boredom at her day job led Brown to comedy.
“When I first started working at my job, and this is so funny to say it, I was bored out of my mind,” she said. “At the time, we didn’t have original programing. We had a lot of acquired content, so there was not a lot for me to publicize.”
A Google search brought Brown to a seven-week comedy course at The Comedy Zone, a space where she went from sitting in the audience watching Ryan Hamilton perform to opening for him.
“I got my training through The Comedy Zone,” she said. “They’ve been very supportive of me. I’ve had the opportunity to host shows there and open for John Witherspoon and Ilana Glazer.”
Since completing The Comedy Zone’s program, Brown strives to mentor aspiring comedians, particularly women.
“Women have a tough time in comedy because people think women aren’t that funny and different things,” Brown said. “I remember doing a show out in Nevada once and a guy comes up to me after the show and says, ‘usually I hate these shows, because I don’t find women that funny.’ I said, ‘really?’ He said, ‘normally, I boo.’ I said, ‘thank you for not doing that tonight.’ He said, ‘I didn’t have to. You were pretty funny.’ Women get a tough time.”
Brown shares her experience with others, particularly female comedians as a means of inspiration.
“I think that hardest thing for comedians, it’s a solitary sport,” Brown said. “You try not to get envious of ‘why are they getting that opportunity, and I should have that opportunity.’ You just stay focused, and slow and steady wins the race.”
|Fantastic! Keep us smiling|
|Posted on October 14, 2019|
|So proud of you Tara Brown!You are truly Awesome.You have your Mom and Grandfathers personality-two of my favorite people.? Clara Lawrence Dunn|
|Posted on October 14, 2019|
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