MW: Definitely. I’m coming up on three years doing it, and I’ve noticed I’ve gotten better. In the grand scheme of things, I’m a little infant comedy-wise. Some of my material was about being in high school, and then I found things that were more universally relatable. It’s not so much about being out of high school, but the amount of time I’ve been doing stand-up. Jokes that I used to think I’d keep forever, I’m now like, “Are you kidding me? It’s garbage!” And I’m sure jokes now, in a year, I’ll feel the same way.
DTH: Who are your comedic inspirations? What is your genre of comedy?
MW: Louis C.K. is amazing. I really like Eddie Murphy, Maria Bamford, Dave Attell, Bill Burr [and] Patrice O’Neal. There are so many. As far as genre of comedy goes, I guess a little bit on the darker side. But my goal is to do something everyone can enjoy and appreciate.
DTH: Why do you think your comedy has been successful so far?
MW: Hopefully because it’s funny! There’s not a lot of younger comics on the scene. There’s not a lot women, or girls around my age doing it. I guess I’ve built a niche around it. But I don’t want to use that as a crutch. I’d like to just be funny, period. We should be doing more for women, but I feel it’s important to have that pressure to compete with everyone regardless of age. There’s only a few women in the Triangle writing from that perspective.
DTH: What are the challenges of being a young woman in the comedy genre?
MW: It’s been really amazing. I’ve heard horror stories. Everyone in the scene has been really, really supportive and welcoming. I’m an 18-year-old girl, and lot of my best friends are divorced dads. It’s weird, but they’ve been the coolest people. I really haven’t had anyone be creepy or predatory toward me. My parents have been cool with me going out to bars after school to a show that starts at 8 in Greensboro, Raleigh, Winston-Salem [and] Charlotte and getting back at 2 a.m., then going to school the next day. If my parents weren’t cool with it, it would have been really hard. It’s weird not seeing a lot of people like you. A lot of comics, period, are guys. It’s weird wanting to emulate (them). I find myself acting more masculine because it’s in an inherent part of it.
DTH: What is the Chapel Hill comedy scene like? Have you noticed any changes since the closing of DSI/are you looking forward to the opening of the PIT (Peoples Improv Theater) theater?
MW: Well the DSI, where I did my first open mic, I haven’t been that involved with them recently. It’s obviously really upsetting hearing about it. And I don’t want to sound insensitive to other women comics, because it’s definitely an issue in comedy and in the world in general. From my perspective, DSI was more improv-focused. The Chapel Hill scene — I look at it more as in the whole state. I drive out six nights a week, so a lot of people you see performing at Chapel Hill travel from all over the state to be here. I run a show with my friend Rob Davis and Kenyon Adamcik at the Local 506 every month. Our headliners come as far as Charlotte or Wilmington. We also do a mic at Northside, Chapel Hill, so a lot of the comics you see there are driving from all over the state. There’s a surprisingly strong scene in North Carolina. It’s not like Atlanta or Chicago, but there’s a lot of really talented people here.
DTH: Where would you like to see yourself go with this?
MW: I actually just applied to Columbia College Chicago. I’d like to go to college in Chicago then go to New York. If I could just make a living doing this, I would be so, so super super happy.