As a zygote Kelsie Huff was stuck in her mother's womb-bone. It took some pullin’ and yankin’ but she was finally ripped free and entered the world. The shiny medical tools slightly damaged her right ear flap, but who really needs two ear flaps anyway? Kelsie has been living a half earflap life ever since. Over all, it’s been good. She uses said earflap to make comedy.
Huff, a graduate of Columbia College Chicago, The Second City Conservatory/Writing Program and iO’s Writing Program was originally drawn to Chicago for its rich improv scene. Her two woman sketch duo, Children of the Absurd, performed all over Chicago and toured the Midwest college circuit. After taking a class from Neo-Futurist Alumni, Stephanie Shaw, Huff quickly fell in love with the art of solo performance. Kelsie’s first one woman show, HUFFS, was staged at Chicago’s Royal George Theatre, Richmond’s Memorial Hall Theater, and The Dairy Center for Performing Arts in Boulder, Colorado. “Huff owns this story. With a Sedaris-like attention to detail and a playfulness that’s infectious, she continually serves up the type of unexpected turns that smack of honest-to-God truth. Huff pulls you in with wide-eyed physicality and razor-sharp focus. True to her best comedic forbears, she plays the absurd so pitch perfectly that when the climax arrives, it feels less like a major tonal shift than a revelation of something we knew was always just offstage. Undoubtedly, this show (wo)man is headed for an even bigger stage.” DON’T MISS - Time Out Chicago.
Kelsie’s second solo show BRUISER: Tales of a Traumatized Tomboy toured Boulder in 2010 and Chicago in 2011. “Huff a big-time talent, mixes a friendly Midwestern manner with a darker, slap-your-face-funny edge. They say the best comedy comes from painful places, and Huff is a fearless chronicler of the awkward and the excruciating, turning it into comic gold." - The Daily Camera.
Kelsie has performed at Zanies (Rising Star Showcase, Funniest Females & 10 for 10), Lakeshore Theatre, Chicago Center for the Performing Arts, Chicago Lit Fest, Martini Park, Vertigo Sky Lounge, The Underground, Comedy Under the Tap, Lincoln Lodge, Town Hall Pub, Studio Be, Circuit Night Club, Joi De Vine, Improv Playhouse, The Mic – Strawdog, Olive Black, Doyle’s Pub, Pick a Cup Café, Mercury Café, Subterranean, Mary’s Attic, Comedy Sportz, Mad River, Hideout, Underground Lounge, Prop Thtr., Peter Jones Gallery, Gallery Cabaret, Greenhouse Theatre, The Black Beetle, and The Store.