Gina Harms is a comedian and podcaster. She is the host of Comedy Bucket, a show where stand-up comedians do material based on audience suggestions, that recently took part in the Just For Laughs Vancouver Festival 2023. We spoke with her to find out more about her influences and projects.
How would you describe your comedy style?
I’m a jeans and t-shirt gal, gotta be comfortable on stage, but I like to dress it up with fun makeup and accessories.
Who are some of your influences?
Mike Birbiglia, Jacqueline Novak, Erica Sigurdson, Jane Stanton
Who was your favourite comedian growing up?
Amanda Bynes, Raven Symoné, Conan O’Brien, the movie ‘The First Wives Club
Who is your favourite comedian now?
Lately, I’ve been re-watching Paula Poundstone specials from the 90s, so Paula Poundstone.
What is your pre-show ritual?
Make sure I’ve eaten in the last 3 hours, drink water, stand in power poses.
What is your favourite place you have performed? Why?
The Paramount Movie Theatre in Kamloops as part of the Kam Comedy Fest. I grew up there so it was cool to be doing standup at the same place I saw ‘A Walk To Remember’.
What is your favourite bit you have written and why were you proud of it?
I have jokes about a traumatic incident in my life and those ones feel the best because they’re so personal. Something about making an audience laugh about it feels more rewarding than my other jokes. This sounds really unhealthy and I should probably talk to a therapist about it.
What is your favourite medium for listening or finding new comics/comedians?
Tell us a joke about your city.
I would tell you a joke about Vancouver, but it snowed half a centimetre so I’m taking the day off.
Do you have anything to promote right now?
Comedy Bucket is a show I host where stand-up comedians do material based on audience suggestions. It’s part of Just For Laughs Vancouver Festival! Also, I have a podcast called Dear Pop Culture.
Where can we follow you?
PAY IT FORWARD: Who is another local comic/comedian we should know about?
Danika Thibault, Jake Spencer, Alain Williams, Sasha Mark, Sean McDonnell