What’s your name, where are you from, and when did you first show an interest in comedy? Are your parents supportive in your decision to become a comedian?
Heyo! I’m Gabrielle Vargas, born in Staten Island, NY and moved to Tampa when I was 6. I feel like comedy has always been a big influence in my life, starting with my Dad who has a very big personality, he’s always the joker of the family. Also growing up watching “All-That” and re-creating the skits with my older sister, we would perform them for our grandparents in the living room. Wish we had videos of that haha. My parents are extremely supportive. Unfortunately my mother passed November of 2019, but she constantly encouraged me to perform and shine my light. My dad is my biggest supporter, I was even able to get him to perform stand up for the first time at 64!
Are you a full-time comedian? What’s paying the bills?
I am! Since I got let go in 2020 from the casino and haven’t gone back! It had definitely forced me to get creative but between performing, producing shows and various other projects I’ve been able to be a full time artist they past 3 years.
What connects you to your peers who do similar types of music? What do you think sets you apart?
I am lucky to be apart of a fantastic community of comics that understand there’s room for everyone and it’s not a competition. (Most of them 😅) What really connects us is that we are women in a industry with lots of gross dudes and no HR department 🤣 I think what sets me apart is my unique voice and zero f*cks given approach, I am very animated and not afraid to get ugly on stage. Also my east coast swag, it’s clear I’m not from California.
Describe your music in 3 words. Now describe yourself as an artist in 3 words.
Witty Whimsical and Wild | Grateful Gorgeous Gangsta
I think what sets me apart is my unique voice and zero f*cks given approach. I am very animated and not afraid to get ugly on stage.
What are some of the current projects keeping you busy? How many unfinished jokes do you have in the vault at this very moment?
I have a lot of Roast Battles coming up and that takes some time to research my opponents and write specifically for them.. I have a few notebook or premises just waiting for punch lines haha
What does “success” look like for you as an artist? Do you have any dream collaborations?
Success for me looks like a touring, writing for shows, and growing as a creator. Oh yes, the DREAM show is of course performing at Madison Square Garden. I imagine every stage is MSG because one day it will be!! I’d love to collab with Maya Rudolph, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Fred Armoson..and just so many more honestly 🤣
Do you have any habits that help or hinder your progression as a comedian? What are some of your biggest challenges?
When it comes to healthy habits, yoga, meditation, daily journaling definitely keep my in the right head space and keeps my intention clear. Not so healthy habits – probably the herbal refreshments but again it’s about having intention and not just smoking the day away.. One of my biggest challenges is probably being so far from my family and mostly all the driving I do. People drive crazy and I’m on the road about 9+ hours a week going to shows all over…
What do you do when you’re not making jokes? Do you have a preferred method of escape?
When I’m not writing, I’m painting. I love spontaneous watercolor painting, hiking, and playing Tetris (I’m expert level M3). Screaming into the void definitely happens on the daily.