Being named a “New Face of Comedy” at the Just for Laughs Montreal Comedy Festival prompted Beth to relocate to Los Angeles. A few months after arriving in LA, she made her standup television debut on Conan. When Conan introduced her, he announced the release of her debut comedy album, Sweet Beth, on Rooftop Comedy’s record label. Rooftop has been a big supporter of Beth, giving her the Silver Nail Award as one of the Best Underground Stand-up Comics of 2011.
Beth most recently performed with Kate Flannery, Carole Montgomery and Trish Suhr on TV Guide’s Stand-up In Stilettos set to premiere December 22nd, 2012 at 11p.
The Huffington Post called Stelling a “standout” at 2012 SXSW Festival in Austin, TX. Adding, “Her stand-up is so accessible and smart, she has no problem getting the men in her audience to crack up over a tilted uterus joke. A+.”
Beth started telling jokes seriously in Chicago. By 2010 she was named the Best Stand-up Comedian by The Chicago Reader and The Chicago Tribune also listed her as a “Comedian to Watch.” In April of 2011 Stelling was named one of “Chicago’s Hottest 30 Under 30″ by Refinery29.com. Beth was a cast member of Chicago Underground Comedy, performed stand-up at the top comedy venues, and tri-hosted a show called “Entertaining Julia” that remains beloved today with her friends Tiffany and Danielle Puterbaugh.
Beth continues to work bars, theaters, bookstores, sex shops, clubs, festivals and colleges across the country. She’s had the honor and delight of working with Rob Delaney, Sarah Silverman, Kristen Schaal, Andy Richter, Mario Joyner, Bill Burr, Nick Kroll, Kyle Kinane, Jim Norton, Jim Jeffries, Dana Gould, Greg Proops and Puppetry of the Penis among others. Beth runs a weekly LA show called The Business with 3 dude comics at The Lyric Hyperion Theater in Silverlake, every Thursday at 8p.
Outside of stand-up, Stelling made her network television debut on ABC’s “Detroit 1-8-7″ in Fall of 2010. She played a murderer’s ex-roommate. Stelling acts in short films, did a sexy McDonald’s voiceover commercial, obtained a theater degree from Miami University, and studied improv at the Annoyance Theater. Stelling’s creation and portrayal of Vern Schultz in “Five Lesbians Eating a Quiche” earned her a nomination for a 2011 Chicago Beat Award for Best Actress in a Non-Equity play. “Five Lesbians Eating a Quiche” was produced Off Broadway by the SoHo Playhouse and is being published by Samuel French in 2013.
As for the future? Time Out Chicago thinks, “Stelling will steal the show as the sassy best friend in a Hollywood rom-com and become America’s quirkiest character girl.”