Were all funny adults funny kids? Sharon Houston was. Being funny and super duper likable has definitely paid dividends for Houston. Whether it’s performing stand-up, podcasting, or producing behind the scenes, Sharon Houston has tried it all, and as the “mayor” of L.A. knows show biz like few do.
Where are you from originally, and what has your career path been like?
I was born in Miami, Florida but I’ve lived everywhere: the Midwest, Southwest, South, Northeast, and now the West Coast. When I was moving around a lot as a kid, I hated it. Now I’m glad I went through that because I can easily make friends, I’m not afraid to introduce myself to people, and I pretty much can fit in everywhere. As an actress and stand-up, I can do just about every American accent imaginable, so it’s helped me creatively as well.
My career path has been very interesting. I am really grateful for all the opportunities I’ve had and all the things I’ve done, behind the scenes and in front of the camera. I’ve done a ton of hidden camera shows, two specials, three series, and I forget how many pilots.
And I love podcasting! I’ve managed to take the misery of one of my day jobs (freelancing as a producer on daytime court TV shows) and turn it into a brand with my podcast. It’s such a great way for me to reach an international audience that I never would have reached before. Between having my podcast featured on AV Club’s “Outliers” section, being a guest on “Talkin’ Shit with Jim Jefferies and Eddie Ifft” and a guest on “The Crabfeast with Ryan Sickler and Jay Larson”, I have listeners who have turned into fans of my podcast and my stand-up. Living in the future where technology is inexpensive and at our fingertips fucking rocks! You don’t have to wait for anyone to pick you out of the crowd. You can do your own thing and people will find you, they’ll like what you do, and things really open up for you creatively and professionally.
How long have you been doing stand-up, and were you an actor first?
I’ve been doing stand-up a long time, fourteen years? Longer had I not taken three years off! I was a theater major and wanted to act, but only if I could be funny. I always knew I’d be a stand-up, though.