Alexandria Love

:: AGE

24

:: LOCATION

Oakland, California, USA

:: MEDIUM

Stand up comedy/podcasting

:: IDENTIFIES AS

Black, no cream, no sugar

As a womxn, why do you think it is important to create?

We all have stories to tell! Some people keep those stories hidden out of embarrassment. But we have to remember that there is always someone out there who can benefit from hearing our experiences.

What has been your proudest moment as an artist/creative?

I performed some good comedy for a packed out crowd at a show called Manhaters in Oakland. I had the worst flu of my life. I performed my best set ever (at the time), came home, puked, and passed out. Nobody could tell I was sick. I only did 5 minutes, but it changed my life. I figured after that happened that if I can make a room full of people laugh while wanting to die inside, I can do anything – and I was right!

How do you define love?

I think it’s different for everyone. I know I love someone when I prefer to be with them over being alone, which is very rare for me.

What is the space that you like to create in?

I feel the most creative when I’m looking at my notes on a rainy night outside of a San Francisco comedy club.

What do you like to listen to while you create?

Dean Martin always gets me charged up for a good show.

What is your earliest memory of making art?

I performed stand up comedy at my 5th grade talent show. All knock knock jokes. Dangerfield would be proud.

Do you have any words of advice for young womxn/artist/creators out there?

Stop taking advice from others and get to work. Work harder than everyone else. Rinse. Repeat.

What social issues do you care about most?

Race relations, civil rights, gender equality, gay rights, freedom of speech.

What could you not live without?

If I say “scotch”, does that make me an alcoholic? Yes? I’m still going to say scotch.

How do you make time to create?

I don’t have to make time. Creating is all I’ve ever expected from myself. It’s like breathing: I only really notice it when I forget to do it.  

How does your mental health affect your work?

Depression and anxiety can make for a decent comic, if you know how to present it to others with some self-awareness. Some experiences are more relatable than you might think.

Who are your influences/inspirations?

Natasha Leggero, Morgan Murphy, Maria Bamford, John Mulaney

What message do you want to spread with your art?

The human experience is more universal than most of us realize. You’re not weird. Life is weird.

If you don’t get to see Alexandria Love’s stand up live, check her website for her brilliant perspective on everything from race to gentrification to feminism. Her short story ‘The Comic and the Engineer’ reminds us that comedians can help point out life’s absurdities by staying grounded in reality while also having a clear picture of how things should be. Thank you Alexandria for sharing all the ways you relate to the world with your wit & humor.