Meet Milly – STL Sketchpad Writer

One of the great things about our STL Sketchpad shows is that each month, we invite a new cast to write and perform comedy with us. We try out best to include anyone who wants to participate no matter what experience you have in comedy. We’ve had a wide range of people from complete newbies (who have never written comedy before) to multi-year vets. We also don’t care whether you consider yourself a stand-up comedian, an improviser or you just burn people all day on Twitter.

Everyone is welcome to join us. 

Because of this inclusiveness our community has become our lifeblood. We cannot do anything without them and without you. We are constantly humbled by the experience we have each and every month. So, we thought it’d be fun to interview some previous writers for STL Sketchpad.

Today’s interview is with Milly Naeger!

Milly first came to us in STL Sketchpad 2 in 2014 and recently did a solo sketch in STL Sketchpad 13.

Let’s talk to Milly!


Q: Where are you from?

A: I’m from Ste. Genevieve, Missouri.  It’s a small town 60 south of St.Louis.

12294787_10153330254315888_4069378159373748272_nQ: How did you hear about sketchpad?

A: I heard about sketchpad from a comedian friend of mine, Jeremy Essig.  I do stand up comedy and follow a few comedy groups on Facebook and he posted about it.

Q: You were one of the early writers of sketchpad – What made you decide to try us out?

A: I was excited about being able to do life performance of something. I mostly create short films, but this was an opportunity to really grow a connection and have fun with my actors.

Q: How many sketchpads have you participated in now?

A: I’ve done 2 sketchpads thus far.

Q: What is your favorite part of it all?

A: My favorite part has been the people.  Everyone is so encouraging and upbeat.

Q: You also do standup… how long have you been doing that? Tell us about your comedy background?

A: I’ve done stand up comedy for 4 years and have written and directed many short films, but this was the first time doing an actual sketch show.

Q: What do you do for a living?12182615_10153268151970888_5465689872914120707_o

A: I do freelance video editing and animation for a living, although right now I’m living at my parents house, so if I wasn’t, I would have to pick up another job to support myself.

Q: What’s your regular life like?

A: I wake up at 8:00 am every morning and draw the backgrounds, characters, or props used in the animation.  Depending on the look I want, I will either draw on paper, photograph it, and layer it in Photoshop, or I draw everything in Photoshop and animate in After Effects.  I usually work until about 5:00 pm and then work on personal projects in the afternoon.  

Q: What’s your favorite sketch comedy growing up?

A: My favorite sketch growing up was Flip Wilson’s “The Devil Made Me Buy That Dress.”

Q: Have you written sketch comedy before sketchpad?

A: I love doing sketches, but I don’t do them as often since most of my sketch ideas work better as animations.  Stand up is an outlet I love though, so I plan on doing that for a long time.

Screen Shot 2016-04-13 at 1.40.58 PMQ: Do you want to be a professional comedy writer or performer?

A: I love performing and would love to do it for a living.  I think my biggest dilemma is the feeling that I have to choose either becoming only a (short) film maker, or only a comedian.  I know that’s silly since there have been plenty that do both, but I always worry that if I do both, that I won’t have time to grow as a person, and hence stunting my creativity.

Q: Do you think sketchpad has helped you outside of comedy? In your everyday life or work life?

A: I think sketchpad has made me alert of how easy it is to put on a small play.  It’s incredible how many people are on board when you ask “you want to be in a sketch I wrote?”  

Q: What do your friends and family think about you doing sketchpad? Have they seen your shows?

A: My friends and family love that I do it, and I’ve encouraged some of them to try it out.  We all have funny stories that have either happened to us, or that we create, and it’s a very easy way to bring it to life.

Catch Milly doing standup at open mics around town. Milly also produces a show with Amy Milton called No Straight White Guys. It’s a stand-up show that features comics from all ethnicities and sexual orientations – except white straight men.

Her next show is at Foam Coffee and Beer (on Cherokee) on Tuesday, May 24th at 730 pm. She also features some of her videos on Youtube. Subscribe to her channel here.

Here’s one of her latest videos:


Thanks to Milly for all that she does in the STL Comedy community and for being a part of STL Sketchpad with us. We can’t wait to work with her again soon.

For more great interviews check out Producer Angela Smith or Kids in The Hall, Kevin McDonald.


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