Best selling Author & Award winning Stand Up Comedian
Lane Moore is the #1 bestselling author of How To Be Alone: If You Want To And Even If You Don’t, and an award-winning stand-up comedian, writer, actor, and musician living in New York City. Paste Magazine named her #19 of the 75 Funniest People On Twitter, Refinery 29 named her one of their Female Comedians You Need To Know, Brooklyn Magazine named her one of The 50 Funniest People in Brooklyn, BUST Magazine named her one of 10 Funny Ladies You Need To Be Watching, and Village Voice named her “Queen Of Disdain,” in their Best Of New York issue, Her monthly comedy show Tinder LIVE! was named on The New York Times Critic’s Picks, who called it “ingenious” , Ellen Degeneres called it “brilliant.” BUST Magazine named her band It Was Romance the Best Band of 2015 and Billboard named them one of 16 Female-Fronted Bands You Should Know and Pitchfork named the album one of the best of the summer. She is a prolific writer for The Onion, The New Yorker Shouts and Murmurs, and is the former Sex & Relationships Editor at Cosmopolitan, where she won a GLAAD award for her groundbreaking work making the magazine LGBTQ inclusive.
My brain moves very, very quickly. Like eerily so.
Vulnerability and courage.
When I was a little kid, I told everyone I wanted to be “an actor and comedian and writer and musician and director” and people told me to pick one. I have not, I will not, I do not. I do them all and I do them well and I’m so proud I did right by little kid me.
When I’m on tour, I love finding unique and really awesome vegan restaurants, thrift/antique stores, and witchy crystal shops.
How did you get into the industry?
I’ve been making music and comedy and writing and acting since I was a little kid. In terms of comedy, I started out in improv, then got into stand-up and sketch, and got a job writing for The Onion, and McSweeney’s, and then created my comedy show Tinder Live, which I now tour the world with and perform every month at Littlefield in Brooklyn. while I was doing these things, I was also working on book pitches, auditioning for TV and film roles, and created Gold Stars, my web series that I wrote, directed, edited, starred in, created original music for. In addition, I was making music under the name It Was Romance, and released our first album in 2015. It Was Romance just showcased at SXSW last month, and our next album is coming out this summer, and my first book, How To Be Alone: If You Want To And Even If You Dont, came out in November.
Inspiration for the business idea, and your vision for the Business?
All of my projects really focus on my lifelong want to make art that really connects people and makes them feel happier and lighter and less alone, less weird or less “other” because that’s the only kind of art I’ve ever loved and to be able to make that as well is the best. Tinder Live was born out of an extreme frustration with modern dating, dating apps, and shitty hookup culture. Every Tinder Live show is so cathartic for people, not only because it’s totally improvised, so anything can happen, but also because it’s so so funny, which is its own huge release, and because so many people are frustrated by online dating and feel like the last person on earth who wants something great. Even if you’ve been married a long time you remember how awful dating was, so it’s this great combination of improv comedy, laughing til you’re crying, and realizing you’re not alone because lots of people are coming across the exact same weirdos online that you are.
How To Be Alone came about because I had never seen myself reflected truly in books before. Most people’s stories of hardship included their family being so supportive, or them getting married and that fixing everything, and neither is true for me. I wanted to write a book that talked about not having the perfect, or any, family, and going through life without any safe support systems or love or fallback plan or place to turn, because I hadn’t seen that talked about before. And I took a leap of faith that there were other people who were desperate to know they weren’t the only ones who were facing that, and I found out I was right. We’re out there.
How do you motivate others?
By showing people the realities, the hard and the exhilarating parts, of creating meaningful work, very openly on social media. I’m very candid with how hard it is, how extra hard it is to do without support systems, how nonstop my schedule is, and how brutal it can be. But it’s worth it and it’s possible.
What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?
Matcha lattes with a bunch of hippie crap in them.