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Queen of Comedy
Caroline Cox | Photo: Jimmy Johnston | April 2, 2014
From pageant crowns to stand-up comedy, Lace Larrabee was born to perform.
As far back as Lace Larrabee can remember, she knew she belonged onstage. “I performed one way or another my whole life,” says the 30-year-old comedian. As a kid growing up in and around Cumming, Ga., Larrabee and her mom would trek to film and TV auditions, until a work-related move uprooted her family to South Georgia—and far away from any opportunities for camera time. “We got down there, and there was nothing,” she explains. “My only outlet for performing was pageants.” So, at 13, Larrabee entered in and won her first pageant, jump-starting a 12-year career that netted her plenty of titles, including four in The Miss America Organization and more than $26,000 in scholarship money.
After eventually waving goodbye to her crowning career, Larrabee attended Kennesaw State University while serving and bartending to pay the bills. Then, just two years ago, an opportunity fell into her lap that was too good to pass up. A friend who had recently begun doing stand-up was hosting a comedy show and invited (well, ordered) her to perform—a 10-minute set. “Most comedians start out doing just five minutes for at least a year,” Larrabee explains. After penning material gleaned from working in the service industry and the recent demise of a six-year relationship, she hit the stage and, to her own surprise, knocked it out of the park. “It was the best feeling,” she says. “I had [this passion] bottled up inside of me for so long—I was ready.”
She’s now a regular on local and national comedy circuits, having performed at nearly every comedy club in ATL, plus spots in NYC, New Orleans and on tours with her boyfriend, comedian Jarrod Harris. When she’s not writing material for her next set or working at her day job doing events and marketing for The Warren City Club, you can find this hilarious beauty at spots like Flying Biscuit Café, Piedmont Park, The Lucky Exchange and Limerick Junction. “The last few months, I’ve been having the best sets of my career,” says Larrabee. “I feel like I know myself more as a performer and trust myself more as a writer—I feel like a legitimate comedian.” @lacelarrabee
Shot on location at Laughing Skull Lounge