Samantha Ruddy has been having a pretty stellar year.
In January, she appeared on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” which, as an up-and-coming stand-up comedian, is a major get.
But it was a little strange for her to be on the show, because she actually filmed her stand-up bit in September.
“I got a direct message from Colbert’s booker, who asked me to send them a tape of my stand-up,” she said. “From that point, you’re going through all of these small steps to see if you can be on the show. But when they finally booked me to come on, it was such a blur.”
She wishes she could fully remember the day of the taping. It was such a whirlwind, from getting to the studio to waiting in the green room to finally coming out to perform in front of the studio audience and the man himself.
Ruddy came out onstage to a wave of thunderous applause. In the clip, you can almost see how stunned she is to have such rapturous attention on her. But she’s a pro and was ready for anything.
“I was also the last of all the comedians who were there taping that day, so thankfully the crowd had been really warmed up, and they were very excited,” she said.
It was around a seven-minute set, which doesn’t sound like much, but can feel like hours when you’re there under the hot stage lights with a camera pointed in your face.
But even though they taped in September, Ruddy’s set didn’t air on “Colbert” until mid-January.
Since then, her life has definitely changed. While she hasn’t completely skyrocketed to superstardom, she’s noticed quite a few changes in her career.
First, she doesn’t have to work a day job anymore. She’s touring so regularly that she’s been able to support herself solely through comedy, which is a dream of many a person in the entertainment industry.
“The week my segment aired, I was out doing a show, and there were a few people who had driven a couple of hours to come check me out because they’d seen me on ‘Colbert,’” she said. “You know, people talk all the time about how TV is losing its power to the internet, but I can prove that people are definitely still watching TV.”
Plus, the view count for her segment continues to tick up on YouTube, so that hasn’t hurt her feelings at all.
She’s now headlining a number of comedy clubs across the country, has become a significantly more popular presence on Twitter and continues to get more and more work, all because of a seven-minute appearance on one of the biggest late night talk shows.
Front Range residents and comedy fans alike can have the opportunity to check out Ruddy herself when she appears as one of the headliners at the fourth annual Jokechella at the Aggie Theatre in Fort Collins, Colorado, on July 20.
Along with Ruddy, the other headliners will be comedians Zach Reinert and AJ Finney. But in addition to them, there will be around 60 comedians performing next Saturday night, so there will be plenty of humor to go around.
“I love David, the organizer of Jokechella, so he helped me get a five-day run in the area, and this event was one of my stops,” she said. “I’m pretty excited to work my material in front of a new audience.”
She described her comedy style as traditional, but with a modern twist. With the traditional aspect, she does the normal setup/punchline basis, but she tries to talk about more contemporary issues.
Ruddy cited comedians Michelle Wolf and John Mulaney as her biggest influences currently.
“I will talk about anything in my sets,” she said. “I do a lot of observational humor, touching on what it’s like being 27 or living in a city as a millennial. The best jokes, to me, are unexpected. I want to have an original take on something, because I want to show people a different perspective.”