Emily Van Dyke,
Emily Van Dyke’s debut comedy album, Feeling Myself is a journey through Emily’s favorite jokes from her first 10 years in comedy. The album covers everything from dorks to dental hygienists, from being haunted to forced sobriety, and the beautiful slog of marriage and shivering c-sections. Listening to the album feels like catching up with a childhood friend who says way too much. Feeling Myself is out on February 9th on Blonde Medicine wherever you get your comedy audio, with a pre-order available as of Jan 12, 2024.
This is Emily Van Dyke’s first comedy album, so it's a zoom-out of meaningful moments from her life and some dumb stuff too. The hour touches on being a Midwesterner in San Francisco, teaching high school, her first years of dating in her 20s, navigating immigration with a Cuban fiance, being pregnant, and all the random stuff that has annoyed her along the way, including at least one comment on COVID. “It wouldn’t be the 2020s if we didn’t bring up the pandemic at least once,” says Van Dyke.
Born and raised in Logansport, Indiana, a town with one high school and a basketball hoop in every driveway, Emily Van Dyke has made a 15-years-and-counting home of the Bay Area. She started stand-up in 2011 after being laid off from her job as an art teacher. Says Van Dyke, “the lady at the unemployment office told me to take a class and that I should use the time off to explore myself and learn something new. So I did. I took a couple months of SF Comedy College classes, and bombed in the privacy of a 3rd floor conference room.”
Van Dyke describes her writing process as “pretty old-timey,” writing ideas in a purse notebook, taking notes when she makes a friend laugh, recording voice memos while driving and scribbling set lists on paper plates and napkins. This album was put together on a stack of notecards tied up in a hair tie.
Feeling Myself is being released on Blonde Medicine, and will be available to stream and buy wherever you hear comedy on February 9, 2024.