Laura is the founding member and executive producer of "Four Funny Females,” an award winning N. Dallas based, all-female stand-up comedy show. (2011 “Best Theater Group” WFAA Dallas A-List)
As the daughter of a plastic surgeon and sibling to two future doctors, it was assumed Laura Bartlett would make medicine a career. Due to a rare genetic disorder (she was apparently born missing the "I-want-to-be-around-sick-people gene"), she instead raced off to college and majored in Radio-TV-Film.
Bartlett realized she had been born with the “funny gene” and -- at age 36 -- leapt into the world of stand-up comedy, battling paralyzing stage fright in the process.
A single mom of two school-age boys, she put her comedy career on hold to see her children through their formative years. She now keeps her comedy close to home by pioneering stand-up comedy from inside her hometown's performing arts center, a renovated 18th century courthouse located in the middle of the historic district, downtown McKinney, Texas.
Her love of the absurd notwithstanding, Bartlett's comedy draws from personal experiences or observations that make her laugh.
Her bright wit and likeable onstage demeanor mixes the wacky and sublime to brilliant effect. The Dallas Morning News wrote that audiences “may not get her brand of humor until long after the fact … you'll see them laughing out loud for no apparent reason." The Comedy Critic said Bartlett wowed the crowd at the Dallas Comedy Festival “with some of the best comedy of the night. Don't let the flowing blond hair fool you this comic has brains and wit.”
Her unique story captured the attention of the media. She's been featured on WFAA-TV Dallas/Ft. Worth, "Good Morning Texas," and profiled in Better Homes and Gardens, Reuters, The New York Times, The Dallas Morning News, Texas Monthly, D Magazine, Observer, McKinney Magazine, McKinney Courier-Gazette, Plano Profile and Neighbors Go. In addition she has made several appearances on the KLAK-FM morning show.
Bartlett is also credited for organizing the North Dallas Katrina Comic Relief benefit following the Hurricane Katrina Disaster and the “Historical-to-Hysterical” comedy series at the McKinney (Texas) Performing Arts Center, which has featured headliners Paul Varghese (“Last Comic Standing”) and L.A.-based comic Chuck Cason.