Stories of Survival
June 1, 2021
Laughter is the Best Medicine
Stand-up comic April Cowgur shares her journey from Springfield, Illinois – where even as a youngster she knew she wanted to make people laugh – to working at The Second City before moving out to Los Angeles.
A true optimist, she tells us how the comedy community came together to help each other get through the past 12-plus months, the lessons learned, and why laughter really is the best medicine.
Guest Info Show Notes
April grew up in Springfield, IL and got her BA from Western Illinois University. From there she moved to Chicago and started a career in comedy and art, working for the world famous comedy institution The Second City, as an Executive Assistant along with producing and acting in many live comedy shows and short films.
After moving to Los Angeles, she has focused mainly on stand-up comedy and can be seen on Amazon Prime’s Laugh After Dark, Season 2 Episode 7. She can also be found performing frequently at Flappers Comedy Club Burbank, and many other live clubs, as well as on Zoom shows online. Or crank up the nerdiness and find April performing stand-up in Cosplay (usually as Robin, or the Evil Queen) at Comic Cons, and various nerd shops around LA, especially Black Cat Comics in Burbank and Timewarp Records in Venice Beach.
In addition to comedy April is an artist, and her illustrations have been featured in many galleries in LA, including one show at the Geo Gallery that was solely her work. She's a board member for the Burbank Art Association and a long running member of the Animation Academy Burbank, and is currently working on a graphic novel series called Buddy Bigfoot.
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