Windy City Media Group Frontpage News

THE VOICE OF CHICAGO'S GAY, LESBIAN, BI, TRANS AND QUEER COMMUNITY SINCE 1985

home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2021-06-09
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
Donate

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

Sapna Kumar chases dreams to Hollywood
by Charlsie Dewey
2014-04-09

This article shared 4214 times since Wed Apr 9, 2014
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


Stand-up comic, actor and longtime Chicago resident Sapna Kumar ( a former Windy City Times 30 Under 30 honoree ) has chased her dreams to Hollywood.

The out performer, who has appeared on LOGO TV's One Night Stand-Up and NBC's Last Comic Standing 4, as well as in indie films Promise Land and Jamie and Jessie Are Not Together, moved to Los Angeles this past October and said, so far, things are going well.

"I've been doing a lot of standup and I'm also part of an acting program here, and my ultimate goal is to do sitcoms," she said.

She just booked two projects that, once completed, will provide her with the option of getting her Screen Actors Guild card, though she's not sure if that's the route she'll take.

Kumar said she can't talk about either of the projects other than to say they are both new media and that one will be released in April and the other in May.

Although she's been going on auditions on a weekly basis, she is hoping to get a TV and film agent soon to help her establish herself in her new home.

When she is not busy auditioning, she is performing in clubs around L.A.

She mentioned that she recently did an eight-minute act for The Ice House ( which creates online comedy videos ), all of which made it to the club's online channel.

"They can use none of the footage or they might use one clip of the footage, but I was lucky enough that they divided it up into three different clips and they used all of it," she said.

Each of the clips received between 1,400-1,500 views in the initial weeks after being posted.

Kumar began standup comedy when she was 19 years old and still in college, performing at coffee shops around her school. She later landed some tour dates and eventually relocated to Chicago where her career really began taking off.

She said her routine for a long time focused on her family's trials and tribulations as Indian immigrants living in Indiana and her own difficulty finding acceptance within her family.

"I have a very unique act that was about my coming out experience, being a daughter of these Indian parents and that was a huge thing that was my own experience and my identity in my family," she said.

She also regularly pokes fun at her hyper-responsible older sister and her laid back, fun loving brother.

"They are really supportive and it took a long time to get the support from my family in general and now I think they are more supportive than any other time in my life, that I have the support of both my siblings, which I did not have before," she said.

In more recent years she's also begun including a lot of material based on the recession, the terrible economy and her more current experiences.

"I think I tend to gravitate to the topics that are more universal in general for the mainstream population, and any population because we are all people and that is what I gravitate towards," she said.

While it's often said that female comics face a lot of discrimination in the world of standup comedy, Kumar said she prefers not to think about her triple minority status too much and to just focus on her act.

"I think every woman has felt it over the years—being that lone woman in the club in the back of the room with the guy that gets on stage and says some things that [make you say,] 'Oh my God. I can't believe they just said that about women or gays or whatever,'" she said.

However, she noted that the atmosphere in comedy clubs has changed a lot since she first started performing, becoming more similar to the audience she faced while performing in improv troupes.

"I think we have to thank the alt comedy movement for that, because they brought a different style of comedy to the clubs," she said. "It's a little bit more intelligent, it gets people to think and it's also, as a result, brought a different audience out to standup clubs."

She also thinks that the lesbian community has really helped support a lot of the lesbian comics doing standup today.

"I think the support that comes from the community is a lot of what bolstered a lot of those comics careers," she said. "They wouldn't have been able to even say there act 10 or 20 years ago. They wouldn't have been able to do those acts if it wasn't for those women centered events where they found an audience for their voice. … These were voices that were not going to be heard by the mainstream and these are communities that are going to support it, and it's continued through time and I think that's great."

In fact, it was support from the LGBT community that ultimately helped Kumar decide to pack up and head West.

"I did the Olivia Cruise's 40th anniversary in Dominican Republic in 2013, and just going on that cruise and finding the fact that there was this audience out there, because people come from all over the world to go to those cruise lines, and I discovered that there is an audience out there for my act, that really likes this act, that is from everywhere," she said.

Visit sapna-kumar.com .


This article shared 4214 times since Wed Apr 9, 2014
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

Nobody's Darling offers Chicago's queer women a new space to gather
2021-06-19
Angela Barnes and Renauda Riddle are co-owners of Nobody's Darling—a new Andersonville spot that focuses on queer women. The bar, named after Alice Walker's poem "Be Nobody's Darling," opened May 20 and is located in the ...


Gay News

Pride celebration with Lightfoot, tennis legend King on June 24
2021-06-18
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and tennis legend Billie Jean King will co-host a virtual Pride celebration Thursday, June 24, 6-7 p.m. Howard Brown Health's Dr. Magda Houlberg, Chicago House's Avi Rudnick and Brave Space Alliance's LaSaia ...


Gay News

Black Ensemble Theater receives $5M grant from MacKenzie Scott
2021-06-17
Black Ensemble Theater founder, Executive Director and CEO Jackie Taylor announced that the theater has received a $5 million grant from MacKenzie Scott. Taylor said she hopes that this gift will motivate other philanthropists and funders ...


Gay News

U.S. Department of Education renews commitment to LGBTQ+ students, NCLR applaudes
2021-06-16
--From a NCLR press release - WASHINGTON, DC — The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) applauds the U.S. Department of Education's renewed commitment to protecting LGBTQ students from discrimination in our nation's schools and universities. ...


Gay News

NCLR campaign to highlight LGBTQ-welcoming faith-based service providers
2021-06-16
--From a press release - SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Today, the National Center for Lesbian Rights launched the "We Serve with Love" campaign, which seeks to demonstrate that faith-based service organizations and programs are ready to serve low-income LGBTQ people and ...


Gay News

Local lesbian couple talks new band The Q's, love story, other endeavors
2021-06-16
Singing has been a part of Debra Duncan and Kayla Quiros' lives since they were in high school. Now the married couple and The Q's bandmates have released their debut album, Us Who Know, chronicling their ...


Gay News

Blue Man Group returning Aug. 18
2021-06-16
Blue Man Group will return to Chicago's Briar Street Theatre on Wed., Aug. 18. A dynamic combination of art, music, comedy and technology, Blue Man Group encourages audiences to reconnect with their inner (and outer) child ...


Gay News

Wizard World Chicago returning Oct. 15-17
2021-06-16
Wizard Brands, Inc. announced that its flagship event, Wizard World Chicago, will officially make its triumphant return Oct. 15-17 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. All tickets purchased for the originally scheduled event ...


Gay News

Mercury Theater Chicago open house July 10-11; Honey West new Venus Cabaret director
2021-06-14
--From a press release - Chicago (June 14, 2021)— Mercury Theater Chicago will celebrate its reopening plans at an Open House at the Venus Cabaret, 3745 N. Southport Ave, on July 10 and 11, 2021. The Open House will be a ...


Gay News

Mayor Lightfoot and DCASE announce more summer cultural events across Chicago
2021-06-14
--From a press release - CHICAGO — Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) today announced even more returning, new and reimagined summer cultural events across Chicago — plus artist lineups and other details ...


Gay News

Women's soccer documentary to debut June 24 on HBO Max
2021-06-14
HBO Max debuted the official trailer for the women's soccer movie LFG ahead of the documentary's premiere on Thursday, June 24. Directed by Oscar winners Andrea Nix Fine and Sean Fine, LFG is an inside account ...


Gay News

Billy Masters
2021-06-14
"Now, therefore, I, Joseph R. Biden Jr., President of the United States of America … do hereby proclaim June 2021 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Pride Month. I call upon the people of the ...


Gay News

National Women's Music Festival to stream June 30-July 4
2021-06-13
The beauty, power and wisdom of women will be celebrated at the 45th Annual National Women's Music Festival, which will be streamed on Mandolin.com on June 30-July 4. There will be a SheRocks Stage, Spotlight Stage, ...


Gay News

WORLD India court, trans death, Guatemalan LGBTQs, Gay Games
2021-06-13
A court in India ordered state and federal officials to draw up plans for sweeping reforms to respect LGBTQ rights, in a ruling that went far beyond the terms of a case brought by a lesbian couple who said they had ...


Gay News

Dennis Watkins' The Magic Parlour reopens at Palmer House Hilton on Aug. 6
2021-06-10
Third-generation magician and mind reader Dennis Watkins announced that Dennis Watkins' The Magic Parlour will return to Chicago's Palmer House Hilton for in-person performances beginning Friday, Aug. 6. Watkins will ...


 



Copyright © 2021 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS







Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Donate


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.