We were fortunate enough to talk ish with comedienne… Blair Christian! She is a Chicago native that went from dancing with the likes of Missy Elliott to being on MTV’s Wild N Out. Blair has been making major moves in the entertainment industry for quite some time. Let’s get to know Blair Christian…
3 Voices: For those who may not know, tell us who Blair Christian is and what you do.
Blair Christian: Blair Christian- comedienne/fashion designer/dance choreographer. Chicagoan, North-sider from uptown. I’ve been dancing all my life. I started dancing professionally in 03. I started doing background work and choreography in 05, started making clothes in 06 and started doing standup in 2012. I like long walks on the beach and Pina colatas…I’m just kidding.
3 Voices: You started out as a dancer and choreographer in Chicago. Tell us about what inspired you to be a performer.
Blair: I was dancing because that’s what you did in Chicago. That was like the it thing to do when I was a kid. But I started performing, probably just because of music videos and watching musicals and stuff like that and then we started putting on our own productions.
3 Voices: You worked with huge names like Missy Elliott and Ciara. What was that like for you? What are some of the things you learned?
Blair: Great! Each artist that I worked with was really, really cool and down to Earth. Working with Missy is a lot of work, she’s a real work horse. And that was my first professional artist gig on that level, so to go straight to her was like, uh oh. But it got me in line. She was really big in making me a hard worker.
I learned that artists don’t sleep really. From that experience I learned that anything is possible. It’s real, because when we got the gig we just sent in the tape from a third party and they called us and it was kind of like, wow! And then when I was with Ciara it was from a relationship from a previous video. I just learned that if you stay with any one thing, you’ll continue to go.
3 Voices: You started doing standup 2 years ago. What inspired you to make that change in your life? What was that transition like for you?
Blair: I’ve been clowning since birth, that’s what my mom told me. I fell in love with standup because I was working with a promotional company in Chicago and we were doing the shows, like booking the talent. We started doing it monthly and then we did weekly shows, so I was watching the comics and seeing how everybody worked. I still wasn’t really saying that I wanted to do standup, I was just on tour and people kept saying you need your own show. I didn’t know how to go about doing that, so once we were into our 3rd year of producing comedy shows I said, “I’m gonna go up”. And I wrote out my whole lineup on the plane back from dancing overseas. I wrote out my 3 minute show, my 10 minute show, and my 30 minute show. I was really excited.
Well with the dancing, in addition to the Missy gig and the Ciara gig and different artists, I was doing a theater performance company here in Chicago and we were already doing improv and skits and stuff like that. That’s totally different from standup, but it wasn’t like I was coming from just moving in the background. I actually had to be on stage and think on my feet and come up with stuff and write funny things, funny skits to bring the dancing to another level. So I kind of had that already, so it wasn’t that hard. And like I said we had been producing the shows…so, I’m one of those people that once I see something a few times, I can pretty much do it or have the fundamentals. So I was around it…I had already mapped out how to structure a joke without even knowing I was doing that. I was able to mimic, and then apply my own thing. The transition was pretty smooth. And then I loved it so much, when I made the decision I was so on 10 that the transition was like easy breezy. It was nothing. It was like I was doing it already.
3 Voices: What is it like being a new cast member on Nick Cannon’s Wild N Out? Did you feel prepared for it? How is it working with Nick?
Blair: It’s overwhelming. When I see all those people, all of the cast members are so sharp. It was like a hand full of us or maybe 10 or 12 that were new and everybody came with their own element. Not just comedians, but straight improv, battle rappers, actors as well as comedians. It was great. I was a fan. I was standing around learning from everybody. I was in awe, pretty much the first week of interacting and we do a kind of training, I was just amazed and taking it all in because I had only been doing comedy a year. So all of a sudden I was in this lane or this field and I was kind of trying to pick up stuff as quickly as I could. I was little slow on the jump though. I wasn’t as quick as I wanted to be. If I get to come back next season then I’m gonna super show out.
Nick Cannon is super fun. He’s really hands-on, like you can tell that it’s his baby out of, I guess the many jobs that he has in the entertainment industry. He’s really into it. Another thing too is, even though it’s his baby, he’s really open and flexible too. Like he wants to soak up everything and make sure every element that each person is bringing is brought forth in the show. So he tries his best to make sure everybody gets their moment. Especially when you’re learning the games. He’s really hands-on and really down to Earth. He’s a smooth dude. He makes sure everybody is okay.
3 Voices: What is next for Blair Christian? Are there any exclusives you can share?
Blair: I’m working on writing a film. I’m partnering up with another artist and we’re going to do a cult film, when a film gets really big in the community and moves around and it becomes this big thing that everybody looks to. So we’re working, we’re writing that now. Besides that I’m just really trying to do as many comedy rooms as I can do. The goal is to be like the queen of standup.
That’s what I really want to do. I like television and I like movies and I think that stuff is a lot of fun, but I want to perfect that craft because such a great craft. It’s amazing to watch comics who are seasoned a veterans and the way they can work crowds and the material that they have, like I want to be that girl. That’s what I’m trying to do. I also danced in a music video that’s coming out. I’m also coming out with a clothing and shirt line coming out. I’m coming up with that now and coming up with the t shirts.
I’m trying to hit up my fans. I had a comedy show on Sunday. And I have some more coming up in September. As well as doing open mic nights, I do my own shows. It’s better for footage and it’s more freedom, without the time constraints. I try to do my own productions so I can get a chance to really work out.
3 Voices: How can the people reach you on social media, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, etc?
Blair: Everything is Blair Christian. Twitter is @BlairChristian, Instagram is @BlairChristian and Facebook. It’s Comedienne Blair Christian on YouTube. I just got that poppin like I’m s’posed to.
And there you have it! You heard it from Blair Christian herself. Look for her on Wild N’ Out on Wednesday nights & watch out for her in a comedy club near you. Continued success to Blair Christian & keep in touch.