We had the good fortune of connecting with Holly Ballantine and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Holly, what do you attribute your success to?
With our brand, Hissy Fit Comedy, we want to produce quality comedy shows with diverse line-ups that people want to keep coming back to see. It is important to us that we keep our shows free, because we never want the cost of tickets to keep someone from being able to laugh. The Atlanta comedy scene is full of so many incredible comics, so we always want to make sure we can provide them with a fun, full audience. We have amazing partnerships with several different venues in the greater Atlanta area that work with us so that both the performers and the audience are pleased with the quality of our shows.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m a stand up comedian and show producer in Atlanta. My shows are produced through Hissy Fit Comedy, which was founded by myself and Amber Chancer. Together we produce 6 monthly comedy shows at 6 different venues around Atlanta.
Most of my comedy comes from my experiences as a wife and a mother. I started comedy when I was 35 after my husband and I went to see Dave Chapelle, Jon Stewart, Chris Rock and Michelle Wolf at the Tabernacle in Atlanta. At the end of their show, they had a Q&A where they invited a handful of people to the stage to ask them questions. I was chosen and when it was my turn I just tried to make them laugh. When I did, I decided right then and there I wanted to try this myself. I signed up for my first open mic at the Laughing Skull Lounge that very night.
A year later, I decided to take Laugh Lab with Lace Larrabee, and the rest was history. Lace convinced me I was better than I thought I was, and that this was something that I could pursue as more than just a hobby. Since then, I’ve performed in multiple cities and states, was accepted into 3 comedy festivals and started running my own shows. I was a stay at home mom for many years, and stand-up comedy gave me the voice to express myself in ways I never knew I needed to.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My friends and I love sushi so I’d have to take them to Umi. It’s incredible. Some of my other favorite restaurants are The Optimist, Haven, and Canoe.
We’re big baseball fans, so we always try to hit up a Braves game when it’s baseball season.
If we were just going for drinks or a quick dinner, I’d take them to Round Trip Brewing or Best End Brewing. They both have such cool, chill atmospheres and at Best End you cant go without trying the tacos or chicken sammy!
And obviously the comic in me would want to take them to a show at Laughing Skull Lounge or a show produced by my other friends.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I definitely want to shout out my husband, Jason Ballantine. I couldn’t ask for a more supportive, loving, and encouraging husband. Producing shows and doing comedy several nights a week means that there are many times he is doing baseball practice, dance class, dinner, and so many other things with the kids solo. He never complains, is my biggest cheerleader, and always encourages me to follow my dreams. For these reasons and so many others, I am incredibly thankful.