Published on July 22nd, 2019 | by Darren Paltrowitz0
Sarah Tiana On Her Upcoming Gotham Comedy Club Shows, “Roast Battle” & Cat Bandanas
A native of Calhoun, Georgia, Sarah Tiana is a Los Angeles-based stand-up comedian and writer. She is also known within the sports podcasting world, currently co-hosting Rob Riggle’s popular podcast Riggle’s Picks on Spotify as well as the show Props on Yahoo Sports with Andrew Santino.
Tiana’s first stand-up special debuted in October 2018 on Comedy Central. A few years prior to that in 2016, Tiana finished second place in the first season of Roast Battle on Comedy Central — she also made a return appearance after that to battle friend and tourmate Dolph Ziggler — and starred in a comedy talk show pilot for TruTV. Tiana has written for the ESPY Awards, Rob Riggle’s NFL segments on FOX and has appeared as a panelist on Garbage Time with Katie Nolan during the Super Bowl.
Beyond the earlier-mentioned touring alongside Dolph Ziggler, professional wrestling fans may also know Sarah Tiana from the promotion of her upcoming appearance on the cruise known as Chris Jericho’s Rock ‘N’ Wrestling Rager At Sea. Cruises aside, Tiana is scheduled to perform 4 shows — August 2nd and 3rd at 8:00 PM and 10:00 PM on both dates — at New York City’s Gotham Comedy Club.
You have a series of upcoming shows at the Gotham Comedy Club. Is playing at the Gotham significantly different than other comedy clubs?
Sarah Tiana: Anytime you play at a legendary comedy club it carries more weight. Gotham is one of those clubs I have always wanted to headline. You spend your whole career waiting to be invited to places like this.
Do you remember where in New York your first stand-up performance was?
Sarah Tiana: I believe it was in the subway when I was pretending to be chill and not scared. No wait, that was my first acting performance in New York. My first stand-up gig was at The Stand.
As a Georgia native, what inspired you to move to Los Angeles?
Sarah Tiana: I heard they shot movies there and they had an In-N-Out Burger, so I packed up right away.
A lot of people first learned about you from Roast Battle. Is preparing for a roast battle as intense as the show Crashing made it out to be?
Sarah Tiana: It’s much more intense. There’s nothing harder than battling with jokes you wrote. With stand-up you can test out material over and over again for months before you do it on TV. In a roast battle you are doing untested and raw material and you have no idea if it will work. Also you don’t know what jokes you are going to say because so much of it is dependent on what the other person says about you. It’s like a game of chess. I know how I’m going to start and I know how I want to end, but everything after the first joke is blind faith.
As someone who has found success as a stand-up comic, a writer, an on-air correspondent, an actress — thanks to Reno 911, of course — and a podcaster, how do you primarily like to be thought of?
Sarah Tiana: I like to be thought of as kind. Nothing else matters.
Finally, what do you wish more people knew about Sarah Tiana?
Sarah Tiana: That I have a line of dog bowties and cat bandanas that my mom sews for me and they are available at catbandana.com — duh.