'M FROM A SMALL SUBURB OF DETROIT--AHH... DETROIT. THE PARIS OF THE MIDWEST. THERE IN THE TINY TOWN OF OXFORD, THE GRAVEL PIT CAPITAL OF THE WORLD--WAS I, POORLY RAISED. I WAS PROBABLY THE MOST POPULAR KID IN SCHOOL THOUGH--WITH MY STYLISH TYE-DYE T-SHIRTS, CRAZY CLARINET SKILLS, AND LOVE FOR COLLECTING SUCH THINGS AS WIZARD CANDLES, GLASS FIGURINES, TROLL DOLLS, TAMAGOTCHIS, AND POGS.

IT WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL THAT I STUMBLED INTO THE DRAMA CLUB--I GUESS BEING IN MARCHING BAND AND WORKING AT QUIZNO'S WASN'T DOIN' IT FOR ME. AND YA KNOW SOMETHING? I'VE NEVER FIT IN WITH A GROUP OF PEOPLE BETTER. I ALWAYS PLAYED THE COMIC RELIEF CHARACTERS. THE RHODA STEED'S, THE ANDROGYNOUS PAT FROM SNL, AND MY PERSONAL FAVORITE--LUCY FROM YOU'RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN. I JUST LOVED DOING IT. AND THE REST, THEY SAY IS HISTORY.

AFTER GRADUATING (BARELY) I SAILED ACROSS THE GREAT BLUE WATERS DOWN TO CHICAGO. NOT REALLY--I MEAN, I DIDN'T SAIL. I ACTUALLY DROVE. I-94 IS A BITCH. IT WAS IN CHICAGO WHEN I REALLY DOVE HEAD FIRST INTO COMEDY. I STUDIED AND PERFORMED IMPROV AND SKETCH AT THE SECOND CITY, IO (FORMERLY IMPROV OLYMPIC) AND THE ANNOYANCE. AT THE SAME TIME I ATTENDED COLUMBIA COLLEGE WHERE I STUDIED THEATRE, AND I WAS ALSO ACCEPTED IN THE ''STUDY ABROAD'' COMEDY STUDIES PROGRAM THROUGH THE SECOND CITY CHICAGO. ADDITIONALLY, I WAS A PARTICIPANT AND MEMBER OF THE CHICAGO SKETCH COMEDY FESTIVAL FOR THREE YEARS. NEEDLESS TO SAY, FOR FIVE YEARS MY LIFE WAS NOTHING BUT A CHAOTIC, INSATIABLE, UNDYING DEVOTED LOVE AFFAIR WITH COMEDY.

BUT I STILL WANTED SOMETHING MORE. I WANTED A BIGGER CHALLENGE. AND ON NEW YEAR'S MORNING IN 2009 I ARRIVED IN LOS ANGELES. SINCE THEN I'VE BEEN LIVING THE DREAM WORKING AT AN UPSCALE CAFE WITH OVERPRICED FOOD AND LIVING IN THE GLAMOROUS AND TRENDY NEIGHBORHOOD KNOWN AS "NOHO"--COMMONLY CALLED, NORTH HOLLYWOOD. BUT, AT LEAST I HAVE MY ACTING DEGREE. $110,000 WELL SPENT.

ALL KIDDING ASIDE, AFTER MOVING TO LA WITH NO CASH, NO FRIENDS, AND NO SELF-ESTEEM I DECIDED TO DO SOMETHING THAT SCARED ME. AND STAND UP SCARED THE SHIT OUT OF ME. BUT FROM THE MOMENT I GOT UP TO THAT MICROPHONE--THE FEAR FADED AND THE FUN BEGAN. AND THE REST, THEY SAY IS HISTORY.

I CURRENTLY PERFORM ALL OVER TOWN AT THE WORLD FAMOUS COMEDY STORE, THE IMPROV, THE HAHA CAFE AMONG MANY OTHER VARIOUS VENUES, AND IN OCTOBER OF 2009 I FLEW TO CHICAGO TO OPEN FOR NORM MACDONALD AT THE HORSESHOE CASINO.

I CONSIDER MYSELF AN ACTOR. I CONSIDER MYSELF A STAND UP, AND I CONSIDER MYSELF A WRITER. BUT ABOVE ALL I AM A COMEDIAN--A LOVER OF COMEDY. LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE, I LEARNED THAT FROM AN EARLY AGE AND I STILL BELIEVE IT TODAY.

AND THE REST, THEY SAY IS HISTORY. YA DIG?

PS. I AM A CAT LADY.

Abigail Londer

http://www.rooftopcomedy.com/AbigailLonder
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