When Iliza Schlesinger won the 2008 edition of Last Comic Standing, her career got a lift, and with that boost came some added pressure. "People have seen you on TV," she says, "and now they're paying to see you in real life. The pressure is even more, [because] you want to make sure they come back and see you again the next time you're in town, so you've got to deliver." Though you may have watched her perform on LCS, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, or Comedy Central, she cautions that those brief snippets on the small screen are not entirely indicative of her set. "On TV, you want to do crowd-pleasing topics that everyone can relate to. In general, you can only talk about what you know, and what I know is the way young people behave, I know stuff about animals, and I know how to make fun of people and myself." A self-described class clown, the Dallas native never really used humor as defense, or as an outlet for some inner rage. "My whole life I've always loved making people laugh; that has always been my thing. In any conversation I'm always the comic relief." 18+; 21+ later shows.
Nov. 1-4, 8 p.m.; Nov. 2-3, 10:30 p.m., 2012
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