ELLE (Canada) - - Career -

“There are only two real [TV] net­works in Canada,” says Re­becca Kohler, a stand-up co­me­dian in her 30s who moved to Los Angeles in Novem­ber. Kohler earned her green card—in a spe­cial cat­e­gory for peo­ple with ex­cep­tional tal­ent—thanks to a re­sumé that in­cludes cross­coun­try gigs, from Yuk Yuk’s to CBC Ra­dio. But she felt like her goals were lim­ited in Canada. “Co­me­di­ans in Canada don’t talk much about hav­ing meet­ings, and if they do, they’re of­ten rolling their eyes about it.” Newly ar­rived Kohler is strug­gling on the stand-up scene. “I don’t have any cred­its—other than the Just for Laughs fes­ti­val—that are rec­og­niz­able,” she says. Still, Kohler has a stack of new ma­te­rial, all untested. And she’s com­mit­ted to stick­ing it out. “It’s hum­bling and dis­cour­ag­ing, but I’m hap­pi­est when I’m per­form­ing jokes and mak­ing peo­ple laugh.”

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