Stand Up

I started doing Stand-Up to take my corporate complaints to the next level. Just kidding (no I’m not).


I started doing stand-up to talk about hard things in a clever way. I’ve always been a fan of comedy, and one thing I know is true: When they laugh, they’re listening.


No one likes a complainer, but everyone likes a joke. Jokes do a lot for a human. They address real hardships and ease tension with laughter.

I could easily let my dreams expire on the imaginary “I’m a parent now” excuse, but that also felt wrong. It felt like I was giving up on something I never truly gave 100%.

I could have died happy as a housewife, giving my soul to my son, and spending my husband’s money, but I believe that God planted deeper dreams in my heart.


I believe that dreams and family are not mutually exclusive, and that a family can dream big together.


One summer day, I was listening to a talk by Wendy Nielsen, Wife of Russel M. Nelson and she said, "God has planted dreams in you, but it's up to you to achieve those dreams. How you spend your time and choices determines your outcome. God planted a dream in your heart."


It was time to give my dreams the thought, effort, and energy they deserve.


In that moment, I realized: I love to entertain and I love to be entertained. I’d love nothing more than making money creating and entertaining people. I want to own Hollywood, tell stories on a major level and edify the human spirit.

I want access to Warner Brothers, Paramount and Universal Studios. I want to break box office records and achieve limitless resources of funding and distribution.


Why would I give up on this dream? Why would I abandon this dreams? Because they’re big? They’re hard? Because you have a family? Because you have no time?! Excuses! Don’t you think your family wants you to achieve your dreams? Don’t you deserve to know what it feels like to achieve them? Don’t you want to be an example

It is possible!

I am fortunate to be working in Hollywood, and complacent because I work in Hollywood. My dream was to be a Writer/Director and right now, I’m in Location Scouting and babysitting while my husband films Hot Ones.

My dream is to be a great storyteller.

To speak God's truth. To edify the human spirit. To be honest, funny, and entertaining about it. I have a message to share and I want to share it in the most fun and engaging way.


Stand-Up Comedy presented itself as a fun, clever way to share messages. From a production standpoint: It’s the most low-budget, self-reliant way to entertain an audience. I have always appreciated comedy, and I love to make people laugh. If I can hone this skill, I can improve all aspects of my interactions and communication.


Growing up, my parents took me to Wise Guys on the West Side of Salt Lake to see Poundcake and other comedians. My favorite movies to watch were always comedies and I love comedic expression.


I thought I could use comedy to share the harder things I’ve experienced in a more fun and digestible way. I see the healing power and appreciate it more when people are creative/clever than preachin their message. My goal is to make conversations more fun, and make my family laugh.


If you can help people see how ridiculous they can be in a hilarious way, you have the power to change the world.


The seed had been planted. I watched hour specials on Netflix and Amazon and thought I could do it.


I took a Stand-Up Comedy class with Bobbie Oliver @ Tao Comedy Studio. She eased me into Stand-Up in a Tao, meditative, “embrace the pause” way. Bobbie wrote a book called The Tao of Comedy: Embrace the Pause, and I recommend it. The #1 tip I got from Bobbie is that the job of a Comedian is "to tell the world exactly as you see it."


The 1st week of class, we talked about comedy. The 2nd week of class, I shared my 1st bit! In April, I did my first Open Mic, and after that, I felt like I could do anything.


Since I was baptized in a church I hated most of my life, I refuse to care what people think. If one person laughs, that joke was made for that one person. If 5 people laugh, that joke was for 5 people. If 10 people laugh, that’s a good joke. If the entire room unites in laughter - that’s the goal.

I was nervous as ever, but I performed my first official show at Flapper's Comedy Club in Burbank May 22nd, 2019. 15 friends and family came! My parents, my husband, The Wrights, The Brittons, The Mylums, Emily, Anna Marie.


It was a magical, life changing moment. It was incredible. I loved it. I love having the opportunity to share my life and make people laugh. For the first time ever, I felt like my actions were aligned with the dream.

Now, I perform at The World Famous Comedy Store, Ice House Pasadena, and Host my own production Electric Comedy Night. Check it out next time you’re in St. George, Utah!


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