Erin Foley's comedy career is going pretty well. She's performed on stages across the country, appeared in movies and TV shows, has her own sports podcast — Sports Without Balls — and last year made her debut on the Conan O'Brien show. But the 35-year-old comic has a bigger dream — one she recently discussed with City Paper in advance of her upcoming performance during Pittsburgh Pride.
Is this your first trip to Pittsburgh?
I actually did Cruze bar last year. It was super-fun and this year it seems like it's going to be even more out of control, so I'm going to start sleeping now. It's part of gay pride, so I think it's going to be ridiculous.
How have you seen Pride events change over the years?
[Pride has] gotten bigger and there seems to be more booze involved. It's definitely not my scene anymore, not that I'm 80. But when I was in my 20s and trying to figure out whether I was gay, Pride was like "Oh, my God! What is this, this is the greatest thing on Earth. "But now, you know, I'm good. I'm gay enough.
How did you get into comedy?
I joined an improv troupe and we were performing at a comedy club at 6:30 while everyone around us was eating dinner — you know, because it was really good improv — and I'd stick around and start watching the standup comedians and I fell in love with it.
I read that your childhood dream was to play wide receiver for the New York Giants. When did you realize that dream was not going to come true?
I'm actually still holding onto that dream. I feel like another bad season and I'm in there. But seriously, I'd say pretty early on when I noticed, "Hey, why are there are no ladies playing out there?"
What's next for you?
People always ask me, "Erin, what are your career goals?" and I always say to play catch with Derek Jeter and run down the field and have Eli Manning hit me with a pass. Those are my comedy goals because I feel like if I keep getting funnier they won't be able to ignore me and I can make that happen.