Rochelle Takes on Comedy - The Struggle is Real

June 4, 2022

Guest Column

Wel­come to Rochelle Takes on Com­e­dy” by Rochelle McConi­co. Have an idea you’d like to share in a col­umn? Sub­mit your pitch here: comedywham@​comedywham.​com

“Tragedy plus time equals comedy” - Steve Allen

Hi! I'm struggling!

That’s right. I’m going to start off a comedy blog with “I’m struggling.” But it’s true and it’s part of what I promised in this blog - honesty. So here goes. There has been too much tragedy and not enough time for it to be funny. I’m watching the things I love - my bodily autonomy (RoevWade), my sense of safety (Buffalo shooting), my sense of morality and humanity (Uvalde shooting) burn around me and all I can think is - that’s not funny. Instead, I am sad, angry, and distraught. But I’m a comedian. If the world is on fire, I’m supposed to make jokes about the flames. But sometimes you don’t want to play the violin on the Titanic. (switched metaphors). You just want to go back to smooth sailing - or the illusion thereof. So to everyone struggling out there. I feel you. I am you.

[Caution: Hard Left Turn Ahead]

But if you’re looking for some comedy right now and some career advice from comedians across the country, check out Three Questions with Rochelle McConico on Comedy Wham’s YouTube page. See how I did that? Back to laughing at the flames.

Who Am I?

I’m Rochelle McConi­co, own­er of Moon­Crick­et Pro­duc­tions, a live com­e­dy event com­pa­ny. I am a standup come­di­an, impro­vis­er, sketch actor, writer, direc­tor, pro­duc­er and livestream­er. I’m also a per­son that isn’t great with dead­lines so catch this col­umn when the inspi­ra­tion hits — like Lau­ryn Hill — sans the voice and the keen fash­ion sense.

What's in this blog?
Insight into the ups and downs of being a comedian.

An understanding of how comedy and the comedy business works.

The skinny on shows around Texas.

This Week’s Randomness Packaged as Insight

The art of the comeback

Madea is back! You know retire­ment just doesn’t stick for some peo­ple. Madea must be fol­low­ing the Too $hort and Jay‑Z career plan: retire and then keep mak­ing hits. 

After retir­ing the char­ac­ter in 2019, Tyler Per­ry is back in a dress to the cheers and jeers of Black folks. We love to hate it. But despite the mixed feel­ings, Madea is a proven win­ning for­mu­la for Tyler Per­ry. But what made him bring her out of retirement? 

Some­thing sim­ple — he believes we need to laugh. 

So if the hip hop retire­ment plan holds true for come­di­ans, Madea will soon have some new bangers. Hey, if Too $hort had stayed out of the game, we wouldn’t have got­ten Shake That Mon­key after 1996 or Jay‑Z’s The Sto­ry of O.J. after 2003

And I for one am glad she’s back. We need to laugh. If the pan­dem­ic and the world’s forced time­out taught us any­thing, it is that we need to take joy where we can find it. I know we keep wait­ing for things to go back to nor­mal, but as we are start­ing to see, our nor­mal was based on a throne of lies. We smell like beef and cheese. (à la Will Fer­rell in Elf). So wel­come back Madea! Now some­one give me their Net­flix pass­word so I can watch A Madea Home­com­ing.

This Week’s Show Review and/or Shameless Plug


I have had such a wonderful time performing in the last couple of months that I just want to give some shoutouts to shows I have performed in that have brought me joy. There are way too many to list, but here’s a few standouts. Thank you to all the folx who have booked me and allowed me to share my talent across Texas.


Skivvies – Thank you Jess Scott and cast for creating a space for body positivity and comedy. I didn’t think I could take my clothes off in front of a room full of people, but apparently I can. It’s now the only way I can get off. Kidding! Or am I?


Lip Shtick – Thank you Katie Felton for pushing us standup comedians out of our comfort zones and for letting me explore my creativity on stage. Got to take my clothes off and get painted. Gotye never envisioned that outcome. I think that’s why he’s hit me with a cease and desist letter.


Broken Zoo – Thank you Morgan Leinwohl for all the work you do to make this a packed out show. It was wild and wonderful. And a special thanks to all you 20 somethings who yelled “we are all broken” with me! We are indeed. That’s the beauty.


Cut the Bullshit Not the Funding! – Thank you Avery Moore and Andrew Horneman for creating a space where we could help women across Texas who need support to exercise their reproductive health rights. Also, to the dudes that were there, my offer to Captain Morgan you still stands.


And a special shoutout to all the bookers and believers in the work that I do. Too many people to name but I hope you know how much I appreciate the opportunities and the support. Okay, one more shout out - to my improv teams - Switchblade and Edge Control!

Follow these wonderful people on IG….not to their cars.

Alright y’all I’ll see you next time! Please feel free to leave a comment, or let me know of a show I should go see by hitting me up on IG at @rochelle_war or on FB: MoonCricket Productions LLC. Thank you Comedy Wham for the platform. You rock!

PS: My Venmo is @Rochelle-McConico, and my CashApp is $rochellemcp. Just in case you were wondering. Cheers!

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About the Author

Rochelle McConi­co is the founder and CEO of Moon­Crick­et Pro­duc­tions a live enter­tain­ment com­pa­ny spe­cial­iz­ing in inter­ac­tive, mul­ti­sen­so­ry comedic events. She is a vision­ary, writer, pro­duc­er, and per­former. In June 2020, Rochelle launched the Amuse-Bouche Com­e­dy Fes­ti­val to show­case the many great impro­vis­ers, com­e­dy pod­cast­ers and stand-ups in New Orleans and per­formed as all three. 

Rochelle also wrote, direct­ed, and starred in three plays cen­ter­ing her alter ego char­ac­ter, bil­lion­aire media heiress Stan­gela Angela Hemsworth Kings­ley Winthrop Farouk Adams III. I’m Only Here for the Snacks, and Stan­gela for Pres­i­dent were both fea­tured at Infringe Fest 2018 and 2019. Her third play Stangela’s Swamp Thing is cur­rent­ly in pro­duc­tion and pre­mieres June 2022. Rochelle also co-pro­duces and co-hosts the com­e­dy-advice video pod­cast Not Anoth­er Black Show and a bi-month­ly live-streamed show — The Book­club. Both shows are designed to take on seri­ous top­ics and be seri­ous­ly funny. 

Addi­tion­al­ly, Rochelle is a mem­ber of the mul­ti-tal­ent­ed No Lye Com­e­dy col­lec­tive — a group of dynam­ic Black femme come­di­ans. With No Lye Com­e­dy, Rochelle co-pro­duced and co-wrote the sketch and vari­ety show Comedy.Peridot, per­formed sketch in the Dal­las Com­e­dy Fes­ti­val and the Los Ange­les Diver­si­ty in Com­e­dy Show­case (LADC), and per­formed improv in the inau­gur­al 2019 New Orleans Improv Fes­ti­val and 2021 Baton Rouge Improv Fes­ti­val. Rochelle has also writ­ten and per­formed for Mor­phed, a month­ly stand-up and sketch show in New Orleans, and per­formed stand up in the Black Girl Gig­gles Festival.

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