Erikka Innes’ new comedy album is called “Sex with Nerds.” The comedian recently stopped by to talk stand-up, the new album and whether or not she is having sex with nerds or she is a nerd people are having sex with.
Q – Thank you, Erikka, for doing this.
A - Thank you, this is fun! :)
Q – Why did you decide to go into stand-up?
A - My mom noticed I was a compulsive smart ass and suggested I figure out a way to turn it into a career. So here I am. I may be the only comedian with a career in comedy because my mother told me to try it.
Q – Describe your act for those who have yet to discover you.
A - My act is observations about life from the perspective of someone (me) with the mind of a teenage boy trapped in the body of a smart, attractive woman (still me).
Q – I haven’t had the chance to listen to your new album, “Sex With Nerds.” Are you having sex with nerds or are you a nerd we should be having sex with?
A - Both! Though not on the album. Sex on albums is awkward. You can interpret that a variety of ways and that's okay with me.
Q – When you record an album, are you picking and choosing which jokes make the cut? How do you determine what material make the CD?
A - Some albums, people choose the best version of their jokes and string those together. If I had lots of money I think I might do that too. But I don't, so it's just a couple of kick ass sets back to back, no sweetening.
Q – Years ago, it didn’t seem like there were a lot of comedians, much less a lot of venues to perform stand-up. Do you think that stand-up comedy is oversaturated with all of the venues to perform, like cable, YouTube, Facebook, MySpace, etc?
A - No. Wait do people still use MySpace? Wow. I bet there's a direct overlap between current MySpace users and people who still drive around in horse drawn carriages.
Q – Why has there been such an influx in stand-up comedy?
A - Probably because the economy sucks. If you're going to be poor, you might as well do something you love.
Q – Thanks again for talking to me. Is there anything you wanted to add?
A - Yes. Please buy my album.
Check out Erikka at her website: http://www.erikkainnes.com/. Buy "Sex With Nerds" at iTunes here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sex-with-nerds/id428121461.
Jason Tanamor is the Editor of Zoiks! Online. He is also the author of the novels, "Hello Lesbian!" and "Anonymous." Email Jason at firstname.lastname@example.org.