Comedian Julia Prescott to perform at Arthaus Projects on Saturday
Comedian Julia Prescott will be performing a stand-up routine at Arthaus Projects, 140 West Fourth Street, at 8 p.m. Saturday. The California-based performer will be joined by opening comedians Bill Russum, Samantha Wallace and Kevin Seibert, with Jeff Kunkel hosting.
“I try to just be very relaxed and personable,” Prescott said, of her comedic approach. “One of my favorite things about doing comedy and traveling around the country is meeting new people and making our shared time together during the comedy show enjoyable.
“I feel because of that, my style hinges more on a friend sitting across from you at brunch playfully eye-rolling about the indignities of being called ‘Ma’am’ by a teenager at Cold Stone.”
With a show that deals with everyday topics like wedding planning, crazy family members, petty fears and the inadequacies of adulthood, Prescott’s act falls in line with the subject matter of many other Millennial comics.
“I promise it doesn’t sound as heady on stage,” she said. “I do voices. It’s fun.”
A 10-year veteran of the indie comedy scene, Prescott brings an impressive resume to the Arthaus stage. As a writer, performer, host and voice-over actress, she has worked on shows for Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, Disney XD, Amazon and The CW Seed, just to name a few.
Recently, she worked as a staff writer on a show produced by Dreamworks which is set to debut on Netflix next year. She also hosts a podcast on Maximum Fun called, “Everything’s Coming Up Simpsons,” along with Mad Magazine editor Allie Goertz, with whom she co-authored a book called “100 Things Simpsons Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die.”
She said her biggest influences in comedy are Maria Bamford and John Mulaney. Though she admires Bamford for mining her family and daily life for comedic purposes, she believes her style resembles that of Mulaney the most.
“John Mulaney is one of the strongest comedic voices of our generation,” Prescott said. “His comedy has taught me the value of having a ‘grab bag’ of different styles and set-ups.
“You can have hard set-up, punchline jokes but also go into silly storytelling territory and it all works.”
Now on her fifth indie comedy tour, Prescott prefers to play smaller venues like Arthaus Projects because the audiences are typically much warmer than those at a big club.
“The more intimate, the better,” she said. “That’s the golden standard for good indie comedy — low ceilings, intimate audience; the kind (of audience) that feels like we are all in this together.”
She also enjoys playing gigs in smaller cities, like Williamsport, because they are places she might never have gone to otherwise.
“You can easily feel ghostly and invisible in bigger cities, and I like the charm of stopping through somewhere smaller,” Prescott said.
Tickets for the show can be purchased at the door. For more information on Prescott’s comedy, visit www.juliaprescott.com.