Kim Kerley’s life is a bundle of laughs
Kim Kerley’s material is culled from chapters of her time on planet Earth.
"My comedy is about my life, period," Kerley said during a telephone interview from her home in Castroville, Texas. "My ideas come from my experiences of raising kids, being a mom, being married, being in relationships are all the things I talk about."
She even talks about her youth, which is hard for some people who were in similar situations.
"I was homeless from the time I was 14-years-old on," Kerley said. "Since my parents didn’t want me, I became a comic and a counselor. It’s so much better than therapy."
Kerley also doesn’t like to turn what she reads or sees in the news into jokes.
"I also don’t do politics," she said. "I may throw out things here and there, but not in a way that will make people uncomfortable."
She did her first standup appearance at a comedy club in Austin on her 36th birthday.
"A friend of mine enrolled me into comedy classes when I turned 35 because my brother said if I didn’t do something with what he called a gift, I would be wasting my personality," Kerley said. "A year later, I was on stage and I’ve been on stage ever since."
She doesn’t consider starting late a hindrance.
"It’s funny because getting the bug to entertain is like Montezuma’s Revenge," she said. "Once it’s in you it’s there and you have to deal with the circumstances, and it was so intense. I had to do it.
"It didn’t matter what my obstacles were," she said. "I already had my degree and was a teacher and had two children and was newly divorced."
For four years after that, Kerley would perform every free show she could.
"The good thing was, the comedy club in San Antonio was located downtown next to the convention center, so the audiences were usually from all over the country," she said.
Although Kerley didn’t start her stand-up career until she was in her mid-30s, she was known amongst her friends as the funny one.
"I was the funny kid in school and I was the troublemaker, sometimes," she said with a sly tone. "As an adult, I was the person who would walk into the party and hear,
‘Thank goodness you’re here.’"
She attributes her older comic views to her idols Robin Williams, Whoopi Goldberg and Billy Crystal.
"In the 1980s, I would sit in front of the TV, and instead of laughing, I would say, ‘Hey, I thought of that yesterday’ or ‘I was just thinking that’ and began to see that these are my people," Kerley said.
Comedy also has brought many adventures to her life.
"I have traveled across the country and traveled with Armed Forces Entertainment and went overseas to entertain the troops," Kerley said. "Joseph Campbell said ‘Follow your bliss’ and this is the person I am and what I need to do in life. And comedy is bringing me to places like Utah. What a joy to do what it is I do for life."
Kerley is currently working on a book called "The Right Side of 50," and writes for Vibrant Nation, a blog site for women in that age group.
"Comedy is the only entertainment field where women can grow old and still work," she said.
Kerley is looking forward to performing with Jeremy Greenberg.
Greenberg has appeared on various TV and radio shows and has embarked on five overseas tours to entertain the military.
He’s also an author and has contributed material to "The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Jokes" and has penned the books "Relative Discomfort: The Family Survival Guide," "Sorry I Peed on You (And Other Heartwarming Letters to Mommy)," "Sorry I Pooped in Your Shoe (And Other Steamy Love Letters from Puppy and Doggy)" and "Man Words: Real Words for Real Men."
"He’s a writer," Kerley said. "I’m sure I’ll be following him around asking for tips for my own writing."
The Egyptian Theatre, 328 Main St., will present comedians Jeremy Greenberg and Kim Kerley on Friday, Aug. 2, and Saturday, Aug. 3, at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $19 to $33 and can be purchased by visiting http://www.parkcityshows.com.
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