Many comics start doing standup, then move to Los Angeles or New York City. Kate Quigley did things a little differently. “I was doing improv in Chicago,” she explains. “I always enjoyed improv, but I always felt like I wanted to have more control over the jokes and what was happening on stage. So, when I moved to L.A., I thought, ‘I’m going to try standup.’” Even though she had plenty of stage experience in a closely related field, she decided to take a class offered by comedian Jody Miller. “She’s one of my best friends now.” From there, she did standup as more of a hobby for two years before finally taking the plunge. Her improv experience still shows in her set, as it’s peppered with characters and voices. “I’m also really self-deprecating on stage and I really feel like my material is more relatable to women,” she adds. “Most girls come up to me after the show and are like, ‘I think the same things.’” 16+.