Poppy Champlin is one of the quickest witted comedians working either American coast today. She erupts onto the stage, fearless, upbeat, and energetic and spitting out jokes, quips, songs, impressions, and even birdcalls. No two of Poppy’s shows are alike. Fans love her, calling her “a freakin’ ball of comedic thunder” and “the best comedian I’ve seen since Whoopi Goldberg.”
A graduate of the University of Rhode Island with a BFA in theatre, Poppy studied at the famed Chicago Second City Training Center and, from there, headed to Tinseltown
Poppy continued to perform stand-up in Los Angeles as well as stage her critically acclaimed one-woman show, A Chocolate Sandwich. While in LA she was also a staff writer for FOX’s Show Me the Funny and wrote, starred in, and produced a character-driven comedy pilot, News You Can't Use.
Most recently, Poppy had a featured role in Babe! An Olympian Musical at the National Women’s Music Festival and in Titanic the Musical in Kingston, Rhode Island—where she also teaches a popular stand-up comedy class.
Poppy has been featured on Entertainment Tonight and Byron Allen’s Comics Unleashed, as well as on programs on Showtime, LOGO, Comedy Central, VH-1, HBO, and Oprah’s network. Poppy’s stand-up pedigree is extensive—she has opened for comedians such as Rosie O’Donnell, Bill Maher, Ray Romano, Denis Leary, and Bill Hicks and appeared at New York’s Gotham Comedy Club and Comedy Cellar and at various The Improv and Laugh Factory locations.
Poppy has performed for an audience of over 25,000 at the closing ceremonies of the Gay Games in Chicago, troops in Japan and Korea, and attendees of at The Cape Town Comedy Festival in South Africa.
She is also the producer of the national Queer Queens of Qomedy tour, now in its twelfth year, booking some of the hottest lesbian comics working today.
Poppy’s observational style of humor tackles tough subjects with ease. In this comedienne’s hands we can laugh at life’s most formidable perils... and laughter that ravages fear is the best kind of all.