Iliza is the only female and youngest comedian to hold the title of NBC’s Last Comic Standing. She’s had three one-hour specials on Netflix, with the newest Confirmed Kills coming out in September 2016.
She is one of the most popular touring comedians in America, and this past Thursday she helped to ring in JFL NorthWest, Vancouver’s Comedy Festival.
It’s obvious why Iliza won last comic standing. She has fantastic stage presence, not relying on audience reactions to feel comfortable but able to break from her routine and interact without losing track of where she was. She is self-assured, obviously intelligent, and well rehearsed without making it feel like she’s reading from a script.
She’s still using the Confirmed Kills material, so if you saw that Netflix special you’ll know what to expect, but it never felt like a problem. Unfortunately, one of the best parts which many were looking forward to – her Shark Tank skit – was missing on Thursday night, but we got additional thoughts on Las Vegas and her little pomeranian Blanche who wasn’t allowed into Canada.
Millennialism and feminism are two key themes that follow throughout her performance, and Iliza manages to deliver insights without sounding preachy. Unfortunately, these concepts never feel overly new or enlightening and they aren’t what audiences react to most. What makes Iliza shine is her weirdness and impressions. Opening with her recognisable party-goblin bit immediately gets audiences excited, but missing out on some of her best work – the Shark Tank impressions – was certainly a letdown.
Check out what else is playing at JFL NorthWest and find me at some more shows next week! Follow my Snapchat (renelaide) for all the updates.
Correction 17/02/20: updating with the full festival name.