Q&A Scene: Beth Stelling, US comedian

Tell us about your latest stand up show?

​My stand-up show will leave you feeling like you just had the best conversation with your close friend where you didn’t have to talk at all; you just laughed a bunch and discovered that we’re not all that different in our personal and familial dysfunction. ​

How would you describe your act in food form and why?

​It’s like a banana split. Sweet ice cream (my demeanor) and salty nuts​ (my jokes), chocolate fudge (dark humor) and strawberry topping (adds subtlety) all between a sliced banana (boner jokes).

Which sketch/ joke resonates most strongly with you and why?

​I love Arj Barker’s joke, “Just open your heart man and accept that people are gay. Thousands, probably millions of people are gay. And until we find a cure — we will practice unconditional love and tolerance towards these people. And we will let them get married because they’re easier to track that way.​” I just like that joke so much. I love being surprised. And sarcasm. Plus America just made it legal for all people to get married, which is nice.

Any on the road anecdotes?

I was just on The Warped Tour which is a music festival that picks up and moves 1,000 people (artists, production, staff) each night to a new city. This is the first year they tried having a comedy tent. My comedy is pretty laid back and subtle, so being in a VERY hot tent with three metal bands playing around me​ while trying to make a group of overheated 9 to 34-year-olds laugh was challenging to say the least. I had a father of one of the kids come up to me after one of my sets in Ventura, Cailfornia and say, “When you say your punchlines you look so beautiful but I think you need to add some sharper bits in there because otherwise it starts to just feel like story time.” This was really the nail in the coffin after bombing.

Where do you draw inspiration from?
​My life. Things I see while I travel. Childhood. My family.​

What’s next for you?
​I have a Showtime special slated to air July 24th that was filmed in Austin, Texas at SXSW with some other really amazing comics (Mark Normand, Rachel Feinstein, W. Kamau Bell, Todd Glass and more). And my Comedy Central Half Hour special will air in the fall. I also have a set on The Meltdown with Jonah & Kumail that will air on Comedy Central in the next month or so. ​

What’s your scene?
​Anywhere there is Guinness on draft and I can hear you speak. I love a good juke box and darts. Chicken wings help. And Bulleit Bourbon. ​Oh and comfortable, clean seats. Okay, a photo booth.


About Beth Stelling

Beth Stelling is a rising star in the world of stand-up and her razor sharp wit combined with her girl next door aesthetic make for a powerfully funny combination.”— Nerdist
“But the standout to us had to be comedian Beth Stelling. Her stand-up is so accessible and smart, she has no problem getting the men in her audience to crack up over a tilted uterus joke. A+.” — Huffington Post

Vulture: “The 50 Comedians You Should Know in 2015″

This July, American late night television’s favourite new sweetheart, Beth Stelling, will leave the bright lights of the States for a brief run of Australasian shows. Stelling begins her Australian tour in Melbourne this Friday 3rd July, with other dates to follow below. Tickets selling fast.

Stelling’s inherently likeable demeanour makes for a delightful and hilarious contrast with her acerbic wit. With her diverse CV as a writer, actor and improviser it’s no surprise that L.A Weekly named Beth in last year’s top two female comedians to watch.With a list of Australia’s finest comedians and theatres handpicked to host Stelling on her first Australian tour, this whirlwind week of intimate dates is set to show audiences why Patton Oswalt has named Stelling one of his favourite up-and-coming comedians.

For Australian fans of American alt-comedy as seen and heard on comedy podcasts and late night TV, this is an incredible chance to catch one of the scene’s rising stars live and in the flesh. Beth Stelling promises a night that will appeal to devotees of theatresports, storytelling and mordant observational comedy.


Bart Freebairn, Anne Edmonds & Xavier Michelides


Ben Jenkins, Becky Lucas & Cyrus Bezyan


Jacob Lingard, Angus Gordon, Aaron Gocs & Alex Ward


Tristan Fidler, Sam Cribb & Rory Lowe


Lori Bell, Leigh Qurban, Emily Grace Krog & Patrick McCaffre

Tickets available from misspeltyouth.com.au

Beth Stelling’s Bio:

About Anna-Maria Megalogenis 162 Articles
Anna-Maria has been writing for Street Press in Melbourne and Sydney for over 20 years. She is passionate about food, music and the arts, is an avid reader and used to hand write reviews for Beat Magazine at the Great Britain Hotel, where a patron once suggested she was ripping off articles in Rolling Stone magazine.

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