Today we are talking with JC Coccoli. Pittsburgh born, Venice Beach based Comedian, Writer, Producer, and Activist. She digs kindness, meditation, science, and outer space which is the inspiration behind her current work: Mindfulness mutates Comedy. She prepares material at her weekly Venice Beach FRINGE standup show (Wednesdays in Venice Beach, CA @730p at 300 Westminster Venice, CA 90291) Where two comics perform and JC Coccoli headlines. She has performed at San Francisco Sketch fest, Boston Comedy festival, Just for Laughs, NY Comedy festival, SXSW, Bonnaroo, Comic Con, Coachella, Norway, Copenhagen, Amsterdam and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Her TV appearances include Comedy Central's Key and Peele, MTV's Hey Girl, VH1's Best Week Ever, WHY? with Hannibal Buress, E!'s Chelsea Lately, and Last Comic Standing season 8.
What does your morning routine look like?
My morning routine will shift depending on vibe, if I have my period or not, and whether I am employed at a day job or not. Here goes: I wake up, express gratitude for my bed, pillows, sheets and breath. Take a few minutes of silence to stretch. Make some English Breakfast tea and ignore the dishes in my sink. Light incense or sage, put on some high frequency sounds, and do 20 - 30 minutes of breath and mindfulness meditation. Stretch again, shower and dress, check social media and read the news and then be on my way to kick major ass on this planet.
What does a day in the life look like?
Well, we covered the morning part so the remainder of my day is a healthy balance of absorbing information about media and meeting expectations with equal parts reading, writing, phone calls and meetings. Then throughout the day I will address any Facebook or Instagram inquires, promote shows that are upcoming and take meetings for show-running positions until hired. With this wave of women banding together I have been busier than ever and I am keeping my health and expectations in check while we navigate these inspirational waters. At night, boxing class where I can let out my own fury in a healthy and balanced way. Then, I will cook dinner at home with a new gluten-free recipe I have blindly researched, light a fire, swipe left or right on a few men on Bumble (then completely forget to follow up), and unwind with a film directed by a woman, or head out to perform at a stand up show. Somewhere in between there I go for a swim in the ocean, whether it's cold or not or at minimum catch a sunset.
What is your life motto?
"Be Kind + Fierce"
Song that gets you through pretty much any bad day?
Probably anything Insane Clown Posse. Kidding.
When did you realize that you loved to advocate for women’s rights?
Since I was a young girl I found myself connected to equality and speaking up. Whether it was in the proper forum or not, that will be left up to you. But I felt a passion about sticking up for my own kind. Almost in a Lioness type of way. Then in 2011, I was first introduced to a group of women that were making moves in the law to equalize human beings rights. As a person that has quite felt a connection with underdogs, I saw my heart really come alive when I became more involved in their work.
Were you always passionate about this?
As a younger person, I was but I wasn't guided on how to get there and be successful within it. So I was passionate about learning what my mission on this planet was and that type of critical, inward thinking led me to advocating for women and girls.
Who are some women that are inspiring you right now?
Yasmeen Hassan, Paula Ravets, Sue Smalley, Gloria Steinem, Oprah, and my sister.
What are some of your favorite books?
A Wrinkle in Time, The power of Now, The autobiography of a Yogi.
What are some of your favorite movies?
Older: Waterworld, The Craft, Don't Tell mom the babysitter's dead, Erin Brokavich, Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventures, Witches, The Decent, Ace Ventura Pet Detective, Beaches, The Little Mermaid, and Chocolate. Newer: Francis Ha, Arrival, Y tu Mami and Tambien.
Spit Fire Questions:
I can’t start my day until: I have had my soft-boiled, cage free eggs (Cue eye roll).
Success is: Enjoying the journey.
You’ll never see me without: A ziplock bag filled with lipsticks.
When I feel uninspired: I go boxing then curl up in the fetal position until I snap out of it.
Advice I wish I had five years ago: Would be meditate everyday.
Thank you, JC for chatting with us. Comment below if you'd like to nominate an inspiring woman to be featured on Step Up!