We had the good fortune of connecting with Ashley Singleton and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ashley, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I think if you want to be successful in life you have to take risks. Some risks may be small while others may be big, but you have to take them. They say “greater the risk, greater the reward,” and while that’s true, there are times when risks don’t always pay off but I’ve learned some of my greatest life lessons from a failed risk. For me specifically being a comedian, I’m always having to take risks. Every time I try out a new joke or sketch I’m taking a risk. Will the audience think it’s funny or not? When I get a laugh it’s the greatest reward and best feeling in the world. When I don’t get a laugh or a good response, at the moment it’s embarrassing and awkward, but then I know to move on from that joke and try again.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m a comedian, which sounds weird to say out loud because I don’t get paid to perform, yet. When I graduated high school, I told my parents I wanted to be a comedian, which was an interesting conversation considering they sent me to a college prep school and had expected me to go to college. After they got over the initial concern, they were 100% supportive. So supportive in fact, that for two months, my dad would fly me from Utah to LA once a week to take classes. I took everything from Groundlings to UCLA extension in writing to a tiny hole-in-the-wall class that I’m pretty sure doesn’t exist anymore. When I was 19, I moved out to LA on my own to pursue comedy. At 19 I performed stand-up for the first time ever in the Belly Room at The Comedy Store, which was one of my greatest moments in life. The thing that has gotten me where I am today is mentorship and help. Guidance from teachers and coaches who helped me find my comedic voice, help from my family for supporting me, and help from myself to keep pushing. Comedy is a tough business. It’s a lot of grinding day in and day out and consistently putting yourself in front of people and hoping they like you. I’ve found the best way to overcome challenges is to face them head-on and not avoid them. It’s hard while you’re going through it, but I can only get through a challenge by taking a step back and finding the humor in it. I use challenges as ideas for my next sketch or stand-up bit. I think my brand of humor is dark and personal humor. I think everyday life is the best place to glean new ideas. Half of the characters I perform are based on people I’ve known in my life. I also like to talk about the bad things that have happened to me in a comedic way. A lot of my stand-up is about my dad going to rehab, and while that may not sound funny, being able to find the humor it’s also helped me heal. I don’t shy away from talking about hard things.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Until recently when the world shut down, whenever anyone visits me I take them to the Magic to do or Baby wants candy show at UCB on Sunset. I think it is one of the best ways to spend a Thursday/Friday night. The people that perform there are so incredibly funny and talented. I of course take them to all my favorite restaurants like Joans on 3rd or Star of India. One of my favorite places is La Chouquette for breakfast. They have the most delicious croissants, but you have to get there early to get the warm ones. This may sound cliche but I love the Grove and Farmers Market, I don’t know why but I do really love it there. I’m not much of a night person but I do love taking people on a good drive across Sunset Blvd while playing some great music. I also think that The Getty is a great place to visit, not so much for the art but for the grounds. It’s a great place to eat lunch and relax while overlooking the city.
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?
My family deserves credit for where I’m at today, they have supported me through this entire journey. From supporting me at shows to listening to endless ideas and new jokes they’ve always been there. I would not be able to pursue comedy without them, I’d have no stories to write about without my perfectly crazy, dysfunctional family. Also Melissa Mccarthy, I wanted to become a comedian because of her.
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