We had the good fortune of connecting with Ashleigh Shapiro and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ashleigh, what inspires you?
Being a comedian allots me the opportunity to share my inspirations, visions and perspectives on different platforms. I perform stand-up comedy, shorts, sketches, write and act. This medium gives me permission to absorb my daily life as a sponge. I absorb the emotions, the personalities and the situations as a whole when I interact with others. Sometimes a trip to The Getty Museum impregnates me with a new thought, realization or perspective that I feel has to be shared or has mass appeal. I have a little family that keeps me on my toes. We are constantly doing something, be it trying a new trail for a hike, visiting the beach, trying to watch a movie (taking 10 breaks thanks to having a kid, which results in a one hour movie taking 3 hours to finish), or convincing my 2 year old to paint on the paper and not the floor or herself. Try it for yourself and you’ll see the toddler always wins (LOL). I’m also inspired by trending topics, challenges and everyday mundane tasks like grocery shopping. Watching movies, playing with my dog Whiskey, and gathering with family and friends all provide so much material to talk about. Not to mention when auditioning for a role, having so many social/human connections – a rich social encyclopedia – gifts me with so much to draw from. The obstacle is merely trying to stay present and writing it all down.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
There isn’t anything new under the sun, they say, yet we each are completely unique. I perform stand-up comedy on stage and more recently on virtual video calls. I branch out with sketches and improv as well. My art is me. I basically regurgitate my life on stage. Sometimes it’s funny. Sometimes it’s raunchy. Sometimes it’s corny. But it’s me. And people really resonate with that. I am always happy when someone comes up to me after a show and tell me that something I said struck a cord with their own experience and makes them feel better about it. I feel gratitude for the fact that I can make someone feel a little more comfortable in their own skin.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
The Comedy Store! Los Angeles is Mecca for standup comedy and the Comedy Store is its beating heart. On any given night you can see A-list comedians. They all may not be widely known to the American public, but they are certainly known to comedy lovers like myself. And my hypothetical best friend – for an itinerary – we’d start with an early evening improv show at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade. Then we would pause for a leisurely and alcohol-infused dinner. Then catch a late night show at the Belly Room of the Comedy Store and try to get my friend laid.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
When I think about support and encouragement I’ve received more than my share of, my mind immediately zooms in on stand-up comic, and proud to say my friend, Ro DelleGrazie. Anytime you can have a New Yorker, who’s hilarious and a mama (like myself) in your corner, you’re winning. DelleGrazie possesses so much wisdom and skill to be honest…when it comes to Stand-up comedy she has a vault of knowledge that she shares freely. Often she offers insight, suggestions and just an ear. Stand-up comedy can sometimes make you feel like a lone wolf, it’s just the nature of the game until you’ve put in the work and time. Ro has always let me sit at the table with her (haha) and I appreciate her camaraderie. It’s rare to meet someone so generous. What I really most admire about Ro is the view she has about motherhood and family. She pokes fun at the day-to-day nuances of parenthood and you can’t help but love her. Check her out!
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