Emily Galati has had a comedy career that most young comics dream of.
Over the past decade, she has performed on Conan, took part in the prestigious Just for Laughs festival, and secured a writing job working on the Netflix show Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj. These days, however, she’s less interested in accolades and more interested in her own happiness.
“I have almost zero desire to be famous,” she says. “I accomplished a lot and those things are all really great, but I enjoy waking up in my own bed and not living out of a suitcase. Those are all great things too.”
Galati, who made the move from New York to Minneapolis roughly three years ago, will headline “Canned Laughter” at Bauhaus Brew Labs this Sunday, April 10.
Fans of Galati know that she isn’t one to shy away from talking about politics or religion, but it’s her ability to share her personal connection to the material that makes her such a blast on-stage. Still, Galati is the first to admit that she doesn’t have the same emotion driving her jokes writing as she did in the past.
“There were a lot of things in my last hour I was super proud of,” she says. “I wasn’t sure if I could write anything better. But a lot of that material was based out of my anger and frustration with Trump. I mean, I still hate him but it’s not fueling my comedy anymore. I’m coming from a lot more relaxed place with my comedy now.”
Part of that change in attitude, Galati says, is thanks to her decision to take up full-time residency in Minneapolis and, more specifically, the Minneapolis comedy scene.
“Even before I went to New York, I knew that I wanted to move to Minneapolis,” she says. “I like the people, I like the town. My writing partner (Bryan Miller) lives here. New York made me miserable. Here, you get open mics with a real audience. The amount of mics with audiences is insane. In New York, you would wait an hour-and-a-half for three minutes in front of 20 comics, then ride the subway for 45 minutes and do it again. Here, people will let you try new things. They’re super supportive.”
While she says she plans to get back on the road this fall, Galati is still as focused on her writing and finding new material that reflects who she is and where she’s at in her life today.
“For me, as someone who writes a joke and gets it to work and then gets bored of it two days later, having the ability to write new things and get feedback from a real crowd is super important,” she says. “At this point, I really want to get together a new hour that I can take on the road where I don’t have to pull stuff that is two and a half years old. Like, ‘Hey you guys remember when Donald Trump was president?’ I don’t want to have the people – which there are maybe like, five people who come to see me regularly – but I don’t want those people to see me and be like, ‘We heard you doing these jokes before the pandemic.’”
—by Patrick Strait
IF YOU GO: Canned Laughter w/Emily Galati, Joe Christianson, Zach Ashton and Phil Kolas
Bauhaus Brew Labs
Sunday, April 10