Katherine Blandford is an Instagram and a Youtube star who is selling out clubs and shows all over the country being a stand-up. That’s the old fart hack way to describe her. Let me throw some salt before I tell you how good she is. Let you know she’s not a real comic. Didn’t pay her dues. Didn’t get passed by Mitzi or Budd. It’s bullshit. She’s got it all. She’s the real deal. I was so impressed when I saw her at Laugh Boston last week. She held the stage for over an hour to a packed house of her fans. She’s a solid entertainer. She’s a fucking star.
A HARD WORKING GIRL FROM ATLANTA
She’s got a great work ethic too it seems which anyone that read this knows it’s what I think is a big factor. The other one’s are smarts and star power, and she’s got both boxes checked off. She grew up, apparently poor, in Atlanta, (crybaby) and she uses her life in her act in some really great bits and does excellent crowd work. I don’t know her, we said hello when I did a guest set last thursday night at Laugh Boston before I started at Nick’s. She was headlining all weekend and I heard she had an amazing weekend. Again, the by product of my getting back into stand-up is meeting all these great new acts and she fits the bill. (The other I met this week is Geoffry Asmus. Also did a profile on him here.) Like I say, it’s easy to want to write off a lot of these newer acts with social media followings as not real comics, but Katherine brings a full toolbox of skills. She truy is the real deal. Funny and clever and holds the room together perfectly. In a few short years she’s going to be a monster up there.
HER OWN STYLE
I think the most important thing she has going is that she has her own unique voice right out of the gate. You don’t see anyone else in her. I mean in another era not to long ago, every agent, manager and casting director would be all over her right now. She’s got a Cameron Diaz vibe maybe, but I don’t know what that gets you right in this moment, but as far as what she’s going on stage, it’s perfect. She’s quick, agile, sexy as hell while somehow being humble, human, earthy and ‘just one of the gals.’ She also has an odd nervous energy about her, which full disclosure so does my daughter who’s her age and all her friends, which I think is a very contemporary thing and may in fact be a big part of her appeal. Who knows?
DON’T TELL COMEDY
She had a great set on Don’t tell Comedy which is a modern version of a breakthrough in a way that a cable special or a shot on a network special used to be. If you score, it helps big time, and I think she did. Almost a half a million views already.
THE TONIGHT SHOW
It seems like the most traditional thing she’s done yet is The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and she knocked it out of the park. Jimmy seemed to really love her as well.
Here’s a fun little story she tells about going fishing with her brothers and her boyfriend. Indicative of her skills and her charm.
Yeah I don’t what her deal is or what she wants to do, but if I were a manager or an agent I’d be all over her. She’s got a serious future. Also, if I were a fan of comics and I wanted to see someone who was going to go onto to be a major voice, I’d go see her when she came to my town as well. Go to her website or Instagram and get the details. You won’t be let down. Katherine Blandford. She’s really good.
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