Scottsdale Comedy Spot presents KRISTIN KEY
May 22, 2014
Kristin Key grew up a minister’s daughter in a small town in West Texas. Much like Footloose, she was raised in a no-drinking, no-dancing, no instrumental music environment. She seemed like any other well-behaved girl… until she opened her mouth. It was obvious from the beginning that she had a quick wit and undeniable sense of humor.
At 19, while in college to become a paramedic, she decided to try stand-up at the local comedy club. As soon as she took the stage, it was obvious she had found what she had been looking for. Small shows in the Texas panhandle turned into 35 states worth of comedy over the next 5 years as she climbed the comedy ladder one rung at a time. Audiences couldn’t help but love the rapid-fire style of comedy coming from the “Preacher’s Kid”, and though female comics struggled to find work she was booked not for being a woman, but for simply being funny.
When Last Comic Standing season 4 held their auditions in Austin, Texas. (like every other Texas comic) she stood in line hoping for a chance to be seen. After 7 hours of waiting, she got her chance and she shined. She got her ticket to Hollywood and the chance to compete against the best of the best in the comedy world. Her years as a road comic paid off, and as the episodes aired, her fan base exploded.
After being seen by millions of comedy fans on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, she moved to Los Angeles and has continued to utilize opportunities in radio, television, writing, and live performance. Kristin’s writing was regularly featured in Life & Style Magazine’s Style Slip-up section. She currently has two full-length comedy CDs “Where The Cab Takes You” and “Buckle Up”, which have been nationally distributed through Uproar Records, and is scheduled to record her third in March of 2013. She continued to appear on television shows such as Comics Unleashed and multiple episodes of VH- 1’s 100 Greatest Series. Kristin is frequent guest on the nationally broadcast Bob and Tom show and is often played on Sirius and XM Satellite Radio for her own specials as well as radio shows including National Lampoon Comedy and The Comedy Channel. Of course, she still blazes across the country performing live in comedy clubs and universities leaving audiences in stitches wherever she goes.
Although she now calls L.A. home, she still has that small town point of view with a polished rapid-fire delivery that keeps audiences howling. She grew up musically inclined and, perhaps as a last act of rebellion against her strict upbringing, incorporated the guitar into her comedy. With the blend of music, comedy, and her spontaneous sense of humor anything can happen and no two shows are the same. Much has changed from the dusty west Texas town of Amarillo to the bright lights of L.A. but the one thing that hasn’t changed is that fast-paced quick witted comedy that has kept audiences rolling in the aisles from the beginning and keeps getting better.