Stand-up comedy is a social event. In today’s age of social media, Twitter brought me to meeting the funny Ariel Kashanchi. I reached out to the comedian for questions!
Travis Blair: When did you first decide to try stand-up comedy?
Ariel Kashanchi: Three years ago when I was a Pilates instructor with a celebrity client who told me I was funny enough to do standup.
Travis: How do you adjust your performance based on audience response?
Ariel: I usually do the jokes I’m most excited about since enthusiasm is contagious. If that doesn’t work I throw tomatoes at them.
Travis: Who have you looked up to for comedic inspiration?
Ariel: I love all the amazing female comedians who have paved the way for someone like me to do comedy but I generally draw from my things that happen to me in my everyday life.
Travis: How has your cultural background affected your stand-up comedy pursuits?
Ariel: I was raised to be a trophy wife and since that didn’t work out for me I made a 180 and decided to pursue a career based on wit and talent.
Travis: If you could star in a sitcom, what would it be about?
Ariel: I would love to do a sitcom about my overbearing Persian parents and combine that with my love of cats. It could be called “Persian Cats”.