Comedian Chelcie Lynn will play a four night set at Wiseguys Gateway (194 S. 400 West), with a six-show run Thursday, April 21 through Sunday, April 24. As of press time, tickets for this Sunday concert are the only ones remaining, with the others having been sold out weeks ago. Appearing with rising entertainer Lynn, known for her Trailer Trash character Tammy, is another act that’s garnering attention and praise on the internet.
Libbie Higgins, a St. Louis-based comic, has been no stranger to various internet platforms over the past few years, with a character named Carla becoming a hit on YouTube, eventually allowing her to tackle video posts by as Carla on the celebrity greetings service Cameo (although she is currently on hiatus from that gig). She is also on TikTok and recently added a streaming show, Baby Oupsie, to his resume. His Podcast with fellow St. Louis Tina Dybal and Randy Cash can be found on multiple platforms, including YouTube.
Booking time for this podcast has gotten tougher in 2021 and 2022, as Higgins has formed a fairly professional relationship with Lynn. Together, they’ve done several long tours, including a current getaway featuring SLC dates. We recently caught up with the increasingly reserved multimedia artist via email.
Baby Oupsie. How did this project materialize? how did you get involved in this; and where can people see it?
A friend of mine, William Butler, has written and directed for Full Moon Features in the past. He wanted to do a spin-off of Demonic Toys movie and he wanted me to play the main character, Sybill Pittman. I was contacted in the past by William to play a small part in another Full Moon feature film called weedjies. He was a fan of my character Carla and contacted me to see if I would like to play the small role. We’ve been friends ever since! The first two parts of Baby Oopsie can be viewed on the Full Moon app and Amazon.
Other solo videos in preparation?
I usually have an idea for a video and shoot it right away. I don’t like having the idea in my head and not realizing it. I tend to overthink it if I leave it in my head for too long. My current basic videos allow me to do food reviews on YouTube. People like to watch me eat and chat with myself.
You’ve been on Cameo for a while, but I see you’re away as I send this. How did this platform work for you? Are the fans generally cool? Or is it the kind of gig that has a lot of good and bad, depending on the content requests? Is it fun to make and lucrative enough to keep in your project kit?
The main reason I haven’t been on Cameo for the last year is that I don’t have a good wig for Carla, and Carla is the person the fans want. When I was doing Cameos regularly, it was a really nice extra income. I loved making cameos for people. I was getting some pretty weird requests, but it was mostly for birthdays, anniversaries, etc. The coolest Cameo I did was for Tommy Hilfiger. I was roasting it in the video because I didn’t know it was for THE Tommy Hilfiger. It wasn’t until his wife tagged me a month later that I realized I’d fried the real Tommy.
It looks like you’ve been working the roads with Chelcie Lynn for a while. Have you ever counted the dates? And how many more tours are you planning with her? What are the positive aspects of being on the road with another artist for weeks and months?
My favorite thing in the world is going on the road with Chelcie Lynn. So far we’ve done about 120 shows across the country. I love traveling with her and the crew because I feel most creative when I’m around other creative people. I can really tap into my creative brain when I’m around creative people 24/7. The bits never stop. I anticipate that we will be traveling over the next few years, on and off. I would like to go to England, Australia and Canada. Being on the road and performing almost every night has made me a better comedian. I write tags and songs on stage because I don’t have to worry about knowing my material and I can be free on stage to vibrate with the crowd and my material. I’m a better comedian than a year ago when I wasn’t getting consistent stage time.
For people who don’t know your sets, what are the basic topics or themes that you explore? And is your set more static, with a limited time, or do you allow yourself to incorporate new material into your sets over time? What’s the perfect way to keep the comfort of a “it really works” ensemble rather than wanting to keep things fresh and interesting to yourself?
I like to talk about things that people, especially women, don’t usually talk about in public. I guess I’m considered “blue”. I talk about Facebook prayer chains, fatphobia, kids bothering you in the bathroom, and generally stupidity. I’m not too political and I try not to polarize a crowd. I want people to come to a show and have fun and forget about the BS of their everyday life. Chelcie’s fan base is hardcore. Many clubs say they have never heard a louder crowd than our concerts. My set usually lasts 20 minutes. It’s the same basic skeleton of a set, but I’m still adding tags or doing mob work that changes with each show. My goal for this tour is to write more in my free time. I need to deploy new hardware to keep my set fresh. I have terrible stage fright, so it’s easier for me to do the set I know. But if a crowd supports and encourages me so much, I feel more comfortable adding new things or doing more crowd work.
It looks like you’ll be at SLC for four nights, while many of your other dates are one-night stands. Is it a pleasure to be able to stretch your legs a little in town? Do you have any cities that gave you a pretty good idea of what they were like even in a quick visit? A city that for some reason seems to be related to the material of you two?
I like when we have a few days in a city to check things out. We love going to new restaurants and seeing the must-see sites in the area. Our schedules change quickly depending on how tired we are, how much laundry we need to do, or if the RV breaks down. (This year we ditched the RV and Chelcie got a Suburban and a trailer. The RV was nice while it lasted, but it left us stranded once too often.)
My favorite city was Oklahoma City. We’ve been playing bingo a few times at a local bingo hall and are thinking of adding it to our schedules for other cities. However, every city we have been to has always been good for us. I can’t complain at all.
Would you mind leaving a day job behind to go all out in comedy? What were the pros/cons on your decision-making list? What was the best thing about the move? And is there something you miss about a more rooted family life?
I quit my 22-year job as a special education paraprofessional last March. I was terrified of leaving because I had the security of that paycheck for 22 years, and I had no idea where my income would come from other than touring money. The advantages for me: At 47, the job was becoming too physically difficult for me. My goal in acting was to finally quit my job and hit the road, and not having that teacher salary was going to force me to grow more and look for other acting jobs. The only downside for me was that I wouldn’t get the paycheck for sure every two weeks. The best thing about quitting my job is that it showed me that I’m more capable than I ever imagined. I have never been so happy in my life. People say I shine and I think it’s because I really do what I’m supposed to do. The only other thing I miss about more grounded family life is seeing my sister and my cats. I don’t think cats miss me, though. C.W.