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'Last Comic Standing' finalist digs deep for laughs

click to enlarge Kristin Key wrestled two bulls to earn her earrings  so - she can handle being laughed at.
  • Kristin Key wrestled two bulls to earn her earrings so she can handle being laughed at.

Kristin Key says she wasn't always encouraged to be funny.

"I remember I was asked to leave [Sunday school] for making people laugh, and I remember my dad walking by and giving me this look like, "Kris, not again,'" she says.

Her dad, uncle, and both grandfathers are ministers hailing from the Bible belt of Texas. But Key doesn't rely on this religious upbringing to be funny. Nor does she play up the fact that she is a woman in a male-dominated field.

"Too many women talk about boobs, babies and how much men suck. In comedy, you should just be funny."

And, Key says, "comedy is everywhere."

Consequently, the R-rated comic adheres to no limits. She does an ostrich impression. She talks about how an ex-boyfriend said that when she got out of the shower, she looked like Mr. Burns from "The Simpsons." And according to Larry Lee, co-owner of Loonee's Comedy Corner, she's not afraid to improvise.

This fearlessness may be what made her one of the finalists on the reality TV show "Last Comic Standing," which weeds out thousands of comics through audience voting.

Ron Reed, her manager, says that Key grew as a comic through that experience.

"The entertainment industry makes demands on you to bring your game to the next level, and she's the kind of person to rise to the occasion."


Kristin Key

Loonee's Comedy Corner, 1305 N. Academy Blvd.

Wednesday, July 12 through Sunday, July 16. Shows at 8 p.m.; also 10:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Call 591-0707 or visit loonees.com for more.

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