Stelling’s secret weapon is subtlety, the kind that demands your full attention in order to understand what’s special about her. If you give her that, the laughs will sneak up and overpower you.
This new series has six half-hour stand-up specials, all solid — but a few stand out... Beth Stelling brings a winking gruffness to otherwise well-worn territory, like jokes about the idiocy of the T.S.A.
Beth Stelling has an amazing ability to use really well-constructed jokes conversationally and just make it feel like you’re sitting around chatting with a friend. Granted—a nationally recognized hilarious friend, but still.
The current move seems to be to release a full-length stand-up album in conjunction with a Comedy Central Half Hour. Of the handful of young comedians who made that move in 2015, Beth Stelling was the most exciting. While not perfect, the peaks of both sets are incredibly high. Nowhere is she better than her story of her mom versus Sprint, which is like John Mulaney’s Delta Airlines bit with notes of Maria Bamford. I know it’s the sort of thing that gets thrown around a lot, but Stelling really is a young comedian to watch.
Dry and acerbic, Beth Stelling’s jokes tend to catch you off guard. With a calm voice and casual delivery, she commands rooms across the country, as well as internationally. Pay attention, as even the asides—“My mom and I, we go way back”—are funny.
Is it hokey to say you want a comedian to be your friend? We want Beth Stelling to be our friend, just so we can have more of her arch deadpan in our lives.
Beth Stelling is like a sweet pie with a tart filling. There’s very little to dislike about Beth, whose name has been buzzing in the comedy world. She’s got a special with Comedy Central in the works and has been touring internationally for the past few months.
Beth Stelling is a rising star in the world of stand-up and her razor sharp wit combined with her girl next door aesthetic make for a powerfully funny combination.
But the standout to us had to be comedian Beth Stelling. Her stand-up is so accessible and smart, she has no problem getting the men in her audience to crack up over a tilted uterus joke. A+.
Stelling kept her audience enraptured with an engaging, thoroughly sardonic wit that permeated each and every aspect of her storytelling prowess...
In a kind of warm deadpan, Beth Stelling twists stories about her childhood until their oddest, most embarrassing features are on full display.
In addition to being an incredibly funny writer of cleverly crafted jokes, Beth Stelling has this playfully intoxicating delivery that immediately grabs you. She slathers everything in a thick layer of Midwestern charm, so no one flinches when she talks about tucking her dick into her sock so it doesn’t get caught in her bike chain.
She brings fearless humour, honesty, and quick wit to both her comedy and personal life.
Stand-up Beth Stelling will steal the show as the sassy best friend in a Hollywood romcom and become America’s quirkiest character girl.
Things are happening for Sweet Beth, with every major Chicago media outlet crowning her with awesome titles like, “Best Stand-Up Comedian.” Yeah. This funny girl doesn’t mess around while she pulls your leg.
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The New York Times
TimeOut Los Angeles
The Chicago Reader
Los Angeles Magazine