(part of a series of April Fools profiles of comedians worth your attention)
Who are you? Erin Judge
How old are you? 25
Where do you live? Somerville, Mass.
What’s your story? She has her own night at the Comedy Studio in Cambridge’s Harvard Square (since January 2005) and also her own sketch group. A Wellesley grad, Judge began performing comedy almost four years ago. Her original roots are in improv, "but that was in college, so it doesn’t count," she said. She "loved stand-up addictively as a kid. I didn’t have any friends. And then I stole people’s jokes. And then I made friends." She remembers watching Ellen DeGeneres, Judy Gold and others on showcase stand-ups, and said she probably respects Chris Rock the most. She leads sketch troupes in themed performances that range from artistic to zany but mostly dabble in subtle satire.
What’s your foolosophy? "I think comedy should be funny. It’s so tempting to do comedy about standard, traditional, predictable stuff," she said. "The trick is to be innovative and still have a product that people can relate to."
What’s your niche? "The way the show is, with the themed shows, it’s not entirely unique, but the shows themselves have taken on a life of their own. And as a solo performer in Boston, I’m not a girly girl. I like to think of myself as the Sleater-Kinney of comedy. It’s a chick thing, but it’s not just for chicks. It’s also for guys. But only the cool ones."
What are your goals? "I want the Sunday shows to be just a free-for-all of Boston comics collaborating. The more people I can get involved, the more excited I’ll be for my own career. I’d love to write comedy for a living and continue to perform in some capacity."