We had the good fortune of connecting with Haylie Montgomery and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Haylie, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
When I thought about starting my own business my first thought was… Who will benefit from this? And my hope is that everyone does! My ultimate goal was and still is to build meaningful partnerships that will empower ALL involved. Bringing people, communities, non profits, and businesses together. To have a bit of fun, and to make a difference in Atlanta. Shelby Tesio, Amber Chandler, and I are the producers of Hand Up – Stand Up, We are working hard still, during COVID19, to build partnerships that empower all involved, We’ve partnered with some incredible new restaurants and local businesses like: Bold Monk Brewing CO. (On the West Side), TavernPointe (On the North East Side),Drunken Unicorn (Midtown), and WonderKid (On the South East Side). We wanted to promote these new businesses, and to host Comedy shows at their amazing venues, Where people could have an outstanding dinner and a show! We also wanted to provide awareness and financial support for local nonprofits doing good in Atlanta. Like Atlanta Mission (They provide Shelter/Counseling/Vocational Training/ and so much more for men and women in ATL), Be The Village (They provide Foster Families with support services to Foster Children in both State and private agencies) Lost-N-Found Youth (They seek to end homelessness among ATL’s LGBTQ +youth), and G.E.M. Gather Equip Mobilize (A group of people that make it their personal responsibility to help their community. They wake up early on Saturday mornings to clean house for families in and out of the hospital. They do yard work for people unable to do it themselves, they counsel high school kids, and they put on community events) Our goal is continue to grow our partnerships, and to continue to plan for the future. We believe that together we can make a difference, and we can have some fun! Lawrd knows need it right about now!

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
What sets us apart for other comedy shows is our partnerships! Our team at Hand Up-Stand Up works hard to build partnerships that empower all involved, from promoting great new restaurants and local businesses to providing awareness and financial support for local nonprofits doing good in Atlanta. Each month, our mission is to host at least one show specifically to support one of our local nonprofit partners. 80% of the proceeds from that show will go to the nonprofit partner, while the rest goes to promoting and empowering our quality comedic line-up. People come out for a show at a venue where they’ll most likely have dinner and drinks. That helps support that restaurant. We put on a spectacular comedy show and give 80% of our total door sales to that Non Profit. That helps supports that non profit. We promote our local comics, and pay them for their craft. That helps support the creatives in our city. We grow when we help people grow. We call ourselves the Middlewomen/Middlemen, because our how is that we add value to everyone we partner with.

Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
Assuming this is Pre COVID19, and we could go out as normal. I’d be taking my friends to Bold Monk Brewing Co. It’s a hot new Brewery on the West Side. They have the best atmosphere, and their cock-tales are heaven! Then we’d be hitting up Drunken Unicorn for some live music and even a dance party!

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d like to shout out Felicia Cheek. She’s a Dyslexia Practitioner, and she has been running a tutoring business in Marietta GA for over 25 years. Helping maybe hundreds of children learn to read, myself included. She and I work together now, teaching kids with learning difficulties, or Dyslexia. I became a Dyslexia Practitioner too, because I wanted to make a difference for kiddos just like me. Felicia is the real deal, yall.

Website: HandUp-StandUp.com
Instagram: HandUpStandUp / HaylieComedy / ShelbyTesio / PirateToTheNah
Facebook: @handupstandupatl
Other: AtlStandUp@gmail.com

Image Credits
Photo Credit: @BavardRahdar