Comedian Sharon Simon uses humor to heal

A self-proclaimed jack-of-all-trades with clean comedy, New York City stand-up comedian Sharon Simon got her start in the comedic world as a young girl when she auditioned and made it on to a skit on “Saturday Night Live” in the 1980s.

“I absolutely loved it,” Simon said. “I was the kind of kid who would go through my parents’ laundry bag and put on different outfits and pretend to be different characters. So, my mom started taking me to auditions and that’s how I ended up on ‘Saturday Night Live.’”

After graduating college Simon says she actually moved out to Los Angeles to pursue a career as a serious actress but wasn’t ever paid to be anything other than funny. 

“When 9/11 happened and we all watched the towers crash down, I kinda realized what my life was meant for and that was when I started doing stand-up.”

Shortly after, Simon performed her first gig at a club and added that it was an absolute disaster.

“I went home and I cried,” she said. “And my mom said to me ‘you can’t just try something once you have to try it again. If you hate it a few times then you know it’s not for you. So, I continued on and went up and tried a second time with some revisions to my act.”

Simon says it was then that she realized that talking off the cuff was her strongest skill.

“The first time when I went up I did a lot of material that I had written. The second time I didn’t, I just talked off the cuff and I realized that that was what I was good at.”

With her newly found style, Simon added that she continued to perform for years before her anxiety and mental health got the best of her.

“My anxiety and mental health held me back tremendously over the years and at one point I had to take a major break from everything to focus on fixing it,” she said. “I spent a few years getting better mentally and once I did that, I came back ‘guns blazing’ and hit the ground running. I had a new mentality and a new outlook.”

With a mission to always find the bright side of life, Simon says she enjoys helping people mentally escape and no two acts of hers are ever alike.

“I love getting people out of their heads,” Simon said. “Laughing makes you feel healthier and when it’s at its best, I’m able to make people laugh at the things that make them sad or angry and there’s nothing better in the world than that. Sometimes something will happen to me during the day and it’ll make me angry, and if I can turn that into a joke I’m so glad it happened. But, I’m constantly working off the room that I’m in and I switch my material all the time.”

Although Simon is bringing her act to the Comedy Revue for the first time, this isn’t the first time she’s visited the Hostess City.

“My honeymoon was actually in Savannah!” Simon said. “I’m so excited to be able to share my humor and return to such a beautiful city that’s special to me!”

Sharon Simon’s performance will take place at the Savannah Comedy Revue on Sat., Dec. 11 at 8 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets visit savannahcomedyrevue.com