In her solo sketch comedy show "Strong Female Lead," Katie Stone focuses on upholding while simultaneously lampooning the feminist culture that defines her comedy. We put Katie in the hot seat to find out more about her show, the strong female leads that inspire her — and her favorite breakfast taco (which just so happens to be sold down the street from ColdTowne Theater)!
Where are you from?
How long have you been performing?
Who are your inspirations, both in comedy & not?
Primary comedy inspirations include Maria Bamford, Amy Poehler, Aly Wong, Nicole Byer -- really any women who talk about their mental, sexual and physical health journeys in honest ways. Lindy West's memoir Shrill really inspired me, so that she's made it into a show with equally inspirational Aidy Bryant is a dream.
Recently, Whitney Wolfe Herd, the Bumble founder, has been an inspiration to me in terms of using her influence to uplift other women's voices and advocate for women's safety online.
What's the vibe of the show you're performing at ASF?
My show includes a lot of satire of women who are really *trying* to be woke and coming up short. It comes from a real place of always feeling imperfect myself, and I hope the audience finds that concept accessible and relatable. We're all just out here doing our best.
What is the origin of your show’s name?
My solo show's original name was Strong Female Lead, inspired by 100% of my Netflix recommendation categories.
What music are you currently listening to?
I've already played Lizzo's Cuz I Love You to the point where I had to take a break. I've listened to Natalie Imbruglia's "Torn" 3 times in the past 24 hours, but don't worry, my relationship's doing okay.
Build a perfect breakfast taco. We will be judging you.
The perfect breakfast taco already exists next to ColdTowne. It is the King George - fried avocado, bacon, eggs and sriracha mayo, and I add salsa on top. IDC if sriracha mayo makes it a white girl taco -- it's good and I love extra fat.