Lez Stand Out: Bridgetown Comedy Fest

Elicia Sanchez

Elicia Sanchez is a brazen, bisexual comic who found comedic inspiration in Elvira. Performing for nearly three years, her first stab at an open mic was based on a dare. In her words, “Once I realized I could get through it without puking or passing out in public, I never wanted to stop.”

On First Loves:

I remember being obsessed with comedy at a very young age. I used to sneak out of bed down to the living room on Saturday nights when I was five or six to watch parts of SNL. Plus, I used to listen to comedy albums a lot with my dad when I was very young, like Richard Pryor, Steve Martin or Flip Wilson. I figured out pretty quick I wasn’t good at the things other kids my age bragged about, like climbing trees or sports or having cool toys, but I could make people laugh and I loved doing it, even if it was at my own expense.

On Inspiration:

My first real inspiration was weirdly enough Elvira. Elvira: Mistress of the Dark was my favorite movie when I was a kid. I loved her sense of humor. She was self-deprecating and kind of a mess, but in such a charming and confident way.

Since then, my biggest inspiration would be Janeane Garafolo. She is amazing and still maintains such a genuine, cynical attitude that I can relate to.

On Comedic Triumphs:

My proudest moment, thus far was having the chance to open for Hari Kondabolu. He is one of my favorite comedians and I never thought he would invite me to open for him once, let alone twice, since his humor is generally political, well-written and much more intelligent and meaningful than what I do. It’s probably quite a shift for an audience to go from me talking about giving a ghost a hand job for a Mountain Dew, to Hari’s brilliant metaphors on the public option or giving an eloquent verbal lashing to Matthew McConaughey’s well-meaning, but poorly stated thoughts on gay rights, but it worked somehow.

On Unique Perspectives:

As far as comedy goes, a lot of what I do is storytelling and trying to be relatable to the audience. Also, I just try and make sure my material is something I’m proud of. I don’t want to present myself as a novelty, but as a self-actualized human being who is by definition, a woman, a Latino, an American Indian, a bisexual and I’m hoping that is some sort of slight lesson while still managing to make people laugh. I want people to feel happy, safe and comfortable at my shows and not have to fear their ethnicity, sexuality or gender being the butt of a joke. That is what is most important to me, after making them laugh.

On Bridgetown:

This is my first time performing at Bridgetown, but I’ve gone as an audience member for the past two years. I LOVE Bridgetown. It’s like a Con for comedians and comedy lovers.

What’s next?

Her most immediate concern is saving up enough vodka/soda and street burrito money for Bridgetown. Past that, she produces three shows in Seattle. The weekly comedy variety show Level Up! every Thursday at The Capitol Club, the monthly comedy showcase Wine Shots: Comedy’s Happiest Hour at The Comedy Underground and monthly podcast The Enematic Cinematic: LIVES!!, every second Tuesday at The While Rabbit. Find her on Twitter @El_SanchoVilla.