Clever, witty, and sarcastic were the first words that came to mind when I watched Jennie Sutton perform last week at Hey Gals! a monthly show produced at The Pit. Sutton, who rocks her signature dark framed glasses, comes off as slightly monotone, dryly animated, and severely honest. Which, humorously, inspired my second thought- "Is she the grown up version of Tina from Bob's Burgers??" and just like Tina, Sutton quickly became one of my favorites.
Sutton sets a tone that has the audience expecting self deprecation but by the end of her punchlines, you realize she is a woman who is totally comfortable with who she is and totally okay with finding the humor in that comfort which ends up turning the joke onto the audience instead. I found this to be both intelligent and refreshing because so many female comics feel the need to apologize for who they are and/or highlight their perceived flaws. This wasn't the case with Sutton, who proudly boasted that she didn't "need to wear makeup because she has naturally large breasts".
A self-proclaimed "bad feminist", Sutton doesn't hold back any details about her life whether it's about sex, family, health, or even babysitting. She admits the things that we tend to think silently and has a way of making you feel motivated to be more open about yourself. Of course this review would not be complete without acknowledging her seamless ability to interact with the crowd and improvise jokes based off of their unpredictable responses- she snaps back quickly, hilariously, and sometimes brutally in a way that doesn't cramp her style or cease the laughter from the audience nor the individual being singled out.
Sutton was a monologue writer for The Late Show with David Letterman. She also wrote and produced the Comedy Central Snapchat series Poolers. In addition to having appeared in the New York Comedy Festival, The Arch City Comedy Festival, Albany Make Me Laugh and The Women in Comedy Festival... she's also performed stand up throughout the United States and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in the UK. This all serves as proof that Jennie Sutton is on the path to becoming one of the best and I can't wait to see how her career grows.