The Blue Room Comedy Club is hosting a woman this weekend who is outrageously funny, but who also has a life story of overcoming hardship and finding success in an extremely competitive career.
April Macie was born in Easton, Pennsylvania, to teen parents who came from difficult home lives. After their trailer burned down when she was a toddler, her parents had to give up pursuing education and moved back into her grandparent’s home with her father’s schizophrenic sister.
At age 10, that sister committed suicide. Then April’s grandfather was infected with HIV through a blood transfusion, which he unknowingly gave to her grandmother. Her grandfather died of AIDS 10 days after her aunt’s suicide. Her grandmother had a stroke when April was in second grade, which left grandma only able to say “good”, “boy”, “juice box”, and profanity.
She then descended into a world of promiscuity and depression as her parents had trouble handling the turns in life and couldn’t really be there for her. She described herself as “the girl in high school that had a horrible sexual rumor spread about her, so I spent most of my high school years eating tater-tots alone in the bathroom at lunch because I didn’t have any friends.”
It’s then that she discovered comedy and finding ways to overcome tragedy using humor. She vowed to choose happiness in life and to stop blaming her life’s circumstances on the things that happened to her.
She takes her life’s story, and the quirky encounters in her current life, and translates them into her comedy routines.
She began stand up comedy in 2005, and in 2006 became a finalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing. She is a regular guest on the Howard Stern Radio show, where she was named the “Funniest and Hottest” Comic in America for 2008. She’s appeared on E! Entertainment Television, Sirius & XM Radio, Access Hollywood, Comedy Central, the Bob & Tom Show, and on NetFlix’s “They Ready.”
April has performed in 23 countries, 12 of those doing stand-up routines for American troops.
A newlywed, her husband was unable to enter the United States because he’s Iranian for two years, which provides her ample comedy material. She co-owns a restaurant with her husband in Florence, Italy called Get Lucky.
April continues to advance her plan to change the world “by empowering women one dick joke at a time” this weekend at Blue Room Comedy Club in downtown Springfield.
Macie will perform on Friday, Valentine’s Day, at 7:30 p.m., and two shows on Saturday at 7 and 9:30 p.m.. Shows are expected to sell out, so obtaining advance tickets online is recommended.