Persephone Pioneers: Paige Weldon

Paige Weldon is a Los Angeles-based comedian and co-founder of the comedy website, The Higgs Weldon. I came across her work after recently following her on Twitter. I would describe her comedy as insightful, witty, awkward, and smart. Just the way I like it!

If you’re not following her on Twitter yet (@PaigeWeldon), then I don’t know what you’re doing with your life. Here are a few tweets that I found particularly hilarious:

Tweet from Paige Weldon
(Source: @PaigeWeldon)
Tweet from Paige Weldon
(Source: @PaigeWeldon)

Hi Paige! Thanks for making time to answer my questions today. Let’s start off at the beginning; When did you realize you were funny?

Thanks for wanting to ask me questions! Hmmmm, when I did my first set probably. It went well and I thought, oh look, I could do this! I think I’m still figuring out exactly what’s funny about me though. Probably it’s just part of my essence!?

When did you first know you wanted to be a comedian?

Oh my gosh, same answer kind of. I had just moved to LA and there was an open mic starting at Meltdown Comics — I had been to the Wednesday show there tons of times, and decided to try the mic one Sunday. (It used to be on Sunday! It is now on Monday. TIMES, MAN. THEY CHANGE.) After a few weeks of only doing that one mic, that’s probably when I really realized I wanted to be a comic, because one a week was nowhere near enough.

I started following you on Twitter recently (side note: I think if I took out “Twitter” in that sentence, I would sound so creepy), and I absolutely love your tweets. I feel like you get me. How would you describe your flavor of comedy and is it carried out in your online presence?

That WOULD sound creepy! However, the way you phrased it, that’s very nice of you! Thank you. I’m glad that you can connect with my tweets. I love Twitter for that reason. It’s exciting to put something out there that’s funny to you, or that expresses how you feel in that moment, and people can show you they agree by pressing a little star (or “Retweet” if they really cared about you!!!! *sobs* *please don’t leave me*). And yeah, I think that’s what I’m trying to do with my stand-up too, so it matches pretty well. I think that’s what’s great about comedy in general too. WAS THIS ELOQUENT??

The Higgs Weldon, the website you co-founded, is an online humor website that publishes content from comics Monday through Friday. Where did this idea come from?

Oh man TRUE. The idea came from the other founder of the website, Robin “Higgs” Higgins, who is an awesome stand-up and improvisor and writer and scientist. Robin and I used to run a weekly show at UCLA when we were both students there, and we worked really well together, so when she had this idea, she came to me and asked if I’d be interested in doing it with her. I said yes a thousand times so, and we’ve been doing it ever since. Essentially we both thought, hey, we know a ton of hilarious people who write well and don’t always have the venue to show that — wouldn’t it be cool if they did?

I’ve worked and am friends with some comedians as well (MAYBE WE CAN BE FRIENDS TOO!?), and I admire the dedication they have for the work they produce, especially when they have to juggle multiple projects and jobs because being a full-time comedian doesn’t always pay all the bills. How are you making it work?

Wow! I accept your friendship. It ain’t always easy, man! I graduated from college about a year ago, and I’ve worked office temp jobs for most of that year. Office jobs are good because the hours are consistent, and you always have your evenings free, but temping SUCKS. (Again, am I eloquent??) Luckily, I recently started a more steady job in social media. We’ll see where it all takes me. As long as I can stay in LA and do comedy, I’m pretty happy. I think that’s where that dedication you’re talking about comes from. We do so much because we have to. Nothing else would be satisfying.

If you could work with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

Dead! Oh man, good one, Paige!! Anyway, this is a hard question, but I think I’m going to go with Steve Martin. I just think it would be spectacularly fun, and The Jerk is one of my favoritest movies, and I sound like a dummy here, but I mean it.

What projects are you working on right now?

Robin and I have a bunch of little things we’re working on to expand the Higgs Weldon. We’ve started making quarterly zines that compile the best of our monthly issues, we’re building a store for the site where we’ll sell buttons and other fun stuff, and beyond that we’re in the very very beginning stages of making video sketches with our columnists to release at our monthly shows (first Saturdays at the Neon Venus Art Theater on Melrose!!)

What’s one piece of advice you can give to those aspiring to be a comedian and writer?

Do stuff! Don’t sit around and wait until you have the perfect joke to try out. Don’t draft a tweet over and over. Just go to a mic, tweet a tweet, do a thing, or you’ll always be waiting. Do I sound smart?

For more information on Paige’s work, visit her Tumblr page, Twitter, and The Higgs Weldon.

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Luann

Feminist, Pinay, coffee lover, boba aficionado and pop culture enthusiast. Current graduate student in Peace and Conflict Studies. Dwelling in the rainy city of Portland, Oregon but always California dreaming. You can also read more of her articles at browngirldecolonized.com

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