Jill Kimmel has always had an appreciation for performing and making people laugh — a family trait. See Kimmel live on stage at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 9, in the Crystal Hall on the third floor of the Elks Performing Arts Center, 117 E. Gurley St., Prescott.

On stage, Kimmel discusses her life as a divorced mother of two.

“Whether you’re a woman my age who’s been divorced, whether you’re a teenager who’s got a mom, whether you’re a husband who has a wife, I’m always going to have a story that you’re going to be able to relate to,” she said.

Kimmel didn’t discover her true calling of stand-up comedy until 2006, when she was 35 years old. Since then, she has worked with Tom Papa, Greg Fitzsimmons, Jim Norton, Jeffrey Ross, Tig Notaro and many other great comedians at Stand-Up Live, the Improv clubs, The Laugh Factory, Catch A Rising Star and other respected venues around the country.

Kimmel has worked hard to develop her own unique style, which is very different from her brother Jimmy.

“The one thing that I have heard when they realize who my brother is, is they wonder if I’m going to be political,” she said. “Sometimes they say, ‘I love your brother. He is the absolute best talk show host.’ And I say, ‘Thank you. I think so, too.’ And then they say. ‘The way he sings and dances, I just love that.’ And then I say, ‘I think you’re thinking of Jimmy Fallon.’”

Advice she has received from her brother and support from her family have helped Kimmel develop as a comedian: “I really tried to write jokes and they were kind of stories about me, but I tried to put them in like joke format and my brother actually came out to a show, saw me perform and said, ‘You are a storyteller. If you have 15 minutes, you need to take four topics and divide them up over that 15 minutes and just talk about that.’

“The next show. I did it like that and my mom was at the next show and she said to me, ‘I don’t know what you’re doing differently, but I feel like tonight is the first time I really saw you on stage.’ And as much as I hate to admit that, I have to credit my brother for that advice.”

The Quad Cities’ own Matt Santos will be joining Kimmel and guests for a night full of belly laughs and fun.

Seating will be cabaret style. Parties of four or six will be given their own table (as available). Larger and smaller parties will be divided or combined to fill space. All seats will be assigned prior to the event. Priority seat ticket-holders will be guaranteed seats in the front row of tables.

For more information about Jill Kimmel, visit www.jillkimmel.com. For tickets to the performance, call 928-756-2844, or visit www.prescottelkstheatre.org.

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