Kelsie Huff is a Chicago based comedian, performing at venues such as Zanies, Chicago's Laugh Factory, UP Comedy, Mayne Stage, Comedy on State (Madison) and throughout the suburbs. She has also performed at several comedy festivals including, New Orleans, North Carolina, Boston Women in Comedy Festival, Bridgetown Comedy Festival, and Chicago Funny Female Festival.
Huff's humor has "an infectious joyousness that makes you happy to be alive" and she "makes confident choices and creates loud, defined characters that are both unbearable and hilarious". Kelsie has been described as a "Midwestern American Intangible Cultural Treasure" who makes the audience feel as though they have been transported from a dark comedy club to a private slumber party.
Like most Chicago comedians Kelsie studied at iO and Second City. While nailing her object work and "yes anding" her heart out she met Amy Sumpter and formed the two women sketch comedy team Children of the Absurd. Their signature show titled "10% Less Fat" focused on the absurdity of female body image and was performed all over the Midwest.
Huff then wrote and produced her acclaimed one woman show, Huffs, which explored the struggle to find forgiveness in one dysfunctional family tree. It was given a 4 out of 4 review from Boulder's Daily Camera, was a "Don't Miss" in Time Out Chicago and won the Boulder Fringe Festival Encore Award. Kelsie also received the Camera Eye Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Comedy).
Kelsie's second one woman show, Bruiser: Tales from a Traumatized Tomboy received 4 out of 4 stars in the Chicago Stage Review, Best Solo Performance of 2011.
Huff has performed in short films, was the commercial "spokesfly" for the Life Foundation, and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia College Chicago. She is very proud to produce the monthly all female comedy showcase the kates. Kelsie is a senior cast member of Comedy Sportz 100 Proof Comedy and teaches Feminine Comique, an all female stand up class produced by Tight Five Productions.
Kelsie can currently be seen performing stand-up around Chicagoland and continues to work at clubs in Chicago, the suburbs, and colleges.
"Kelsie Huff is a standup comic on the brink of stardom. She has hours of tight material. Her narrative voice is clear. She is expert at playing off the audience. If comedians still got discovered in Chicago for anything outside of Saturday Night Live or monologue writers for talk shows, Kelsie Huff would have already been a star. See her in Chicago while you can: to further her career, she will soon enough have to relocate to either New York or Los Angeles." - S Hill Chicago Stage Review
"She (Kelsie) has an infectious joyousness that makes you happy to be alive."- New City Stage Chicago
"Huff will make you love one-person plays again." - Time Out Chicago
"Kelsie Huff is hilarious."- Chicago Reader
"This is an actress who makes confident choices and creates loud, defined characters that are both unbearable and hilarious." - Chicago Tribune
"She is very loud, all the time." Kelsie's downstairs neighbor
"My face was sore from laughing after seeing this show. Also has a really serious undertone at parts, while still maintaining the humor, which makes it really interesting and all the more relative. I loved it." - Frank
Absolutely, positively, laugh-out-loud funny! Kelsie is a rock star, but better actually because you can relate to her! Keep on rockin it out girl! If you miss this show, well then you should kick yourself, several times!" - Jessica