Savannah Erasmus is a comedian and co-host of Millennial Line, a live comedy and poetry series. Millennial Line has regularly featured diverse and queer-forward lineups of emerging and established comedians and poets, and recently took part in the Just For Laughs Vancouver Festival 2023. We caught up with her to find out more about her influences and projects.
How would you describe your comedy style?
Tin Lorica, co-host of Millennial Line, describes my comedy style as endearing, coming-of-age comedy for the pansexual girlies and their submissive boyfriends.
Who are some of your influences?
These days, I adore Julie Kim, her writing is so good, it is honest and reflective of her life. I have loved Naomi Ekperigin since I saw her late-night set in 2016. Janelle James is a true icon, and I wish I had her confidence! I am also lucky enough to have many talented friends in comedy and learn so much from them all the time.
Who was your favourite comedian growing up?
Of course, I grew up watching Don Burnstick. He was the only Indigenous comic that I knew of as a kid, I remember watching one of his tapes at school for indoor recess. (Indoor recess is when we had to stay inside because it was -20 or below.)
Who is your favourite comedian now?
Naomi Ekperigin! Her stand-up episode on Netflix was so fun!!! I love the way she writes and performs, she is truly a unique artist.
What is your pre-show ritual?
Before every show, I spiral mentally and emotionally.
What is your favourite place you have performed? Why?
I love performing at the Fox Cabaret! I first performed at Foxhole Comedy in the projection room when I just started pursuing stand-up, and recently hosted the Indigi-girl comedy show on the main stage. It is such an incredible performance venue that celebrates local art and artists!
What is your favourite bit you have written and why were you proud of it?
Right now, my favourite bit is about being a proud Cree and Metis woman from Treaty Six Territory describing different aspects of native culture to non-Indigenous people. I also love my new social anxiety jokes because it is just me writing honestly!
What is your favourite medium for listening or finding new comics/comedians?
My favourite medium for finding new comedians is going to live shows at local art spaces and venues!
Tell us a joke about your city.
I am a fashion comedian and my favourite accessory is a heterosexual man wearing shorts. I feel like that accessory sends the message that I can afford rent in Vancouver.
Do you have anything to promote right now?
I am co-hosting Millennial Line at Just For Laughs Vancouver with Tin Lorica. I am also co-hosting Camp! Comedy! at Just For Laughs Vancouver with Sasha Mark.
Where can we follow you?
Follow me on Instagram.
PAY IT FORWARD: Who is another local comic/comedian we should know about?
DJ On! Danika Thibault!