If she could get one joke on television, it would be a success.
Kristin Key was just hoping to get a sliver of air time when she showed up at the auditions for NBC's "Last Comic Standing" in 2006. She ended up getting plucked out of thousands of auditions to make the main show, lasting seven episodes before getting eliminated.
Since then, she's become a regular on VH1 and the nationally syndicated Bob and Tom radio show. She plays the Hilton Head Comedy Club through May 13.
Key discusses how she went from small-town Texas to national TV.
Question. How did you get into stand-up?
Answer. I was 19 years old and lived in Amarillo, Texas. My dad was a minister. I guess I had to rebel in some way. I did an open mic and it went really well and it pissed off Dad a bit. So, it was a success.
Q. Did he eventually come around?
A. Honestly, he's never come to see a show. But I stopped going to his.
Q. What was your mind-set like going into "Last Comic Standing"?
A. It was one of those "re-evaluate" years. If I didn't make it, I needed to re-evaluate where I was going. Maybe I should go back to college like my parents said.
Q. What was that audition process like for you?
A. They did an open call in Austin, Texas. I stood in line for seven hours. I auditioned in front of three people for 90 seconds. I advanced to the next round and it was like, "Oh, crap, what do I do now?" It ended up being like that the entire time I was on. It turned out to be really good for me. I got to get out of Texas and move to Los Angeles and got more work.
Q. What do you have going on these days?
A. I'm on the road playing colleges and clubs around the nation. I do work for VH1 on their "100 Greatest" series. I did "100 Greatest Women in Music" last time. Next time it's "100 Sexiest Artists."
Q. What's it like being on those shows? Do they just sit you down and get you to talk about every person?
A. They give us a packet of the 100 and we talk about the 20 or 30 that we want to. In my case that's the 20 or 30 who I actually know. In the best way possible, we try to talk about what makes them good and make fun of them at the same time.