This week, Ira Sternberg spoke with comedian Traci Skene, performing in the Comedy Cellar at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino (through July 17). In this episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Traci talks about discovering sophisticated humor at age ten; being encouraged by her mother to become a comedian; going to comedy clubs at an early age; using humor to cope with pain; why her goal on stage is to make the audience forget its problems; knowing the audience isn’t her therapist; why she and her husband, comedian Brian McKim, like the technical aspect of writing jokes; and writing her new book during COVID.
Traci Skene is a veteran professional comedian and author. She is an accomplished humor writer and blogger. Traci was a featured performer on Episode 3, Season 7 of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing.” She was a 20-year contributor to US Weekly’s “Fashion Police.” With her husband, comedian Brian McKim, Traci is the author of “The Comedy Bible: The Complete Resource for Aspiring Comedians.” Her most recent book, “Love & Aliens: The Abnormally Normal Life of Claire Sullivan,” is available on Amazon. In 1999, she established the online standup comedy website, SHECKYmagazine.com.