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Erica Nicole Clark, daughter of 80’s icon Mr. T., is making a name for herself in stand-up comedy.

Before setting her sights on a career in stand-up and winning The Moth GrandSLAM storytelling competition, Clark she grew up in the entertainment industry. Her very first memories are of being on TV sets in LA.

“I wanted to do screenwriting, but I talk way too much. I knew my thing wasn’t to write, it was to perform. So I started taking improv classes,” she says.

Clark got the itch for stand-up unexpectedly when she was asked to perform a story solo on stage while studying at the ImprovOlympic in Chicago. She liked being on stage so much by herself that she decided to give performing stand-up comedy a shot.

“My first [performance] was around Christmastime and I found a journal with all the stuff I hoped my parents would get me for Christmas and it was really funny to me. So I read experts from the journal on stage. It went really well and I never stopped after that,” Clark says.

Since then she credits stand-up for opening a million doors. She’s performed at some well-known venues and events including the Laugh Factory, Comedy Store and the TBS Just For Laughs Festival. She found that most people who like stand-up also like hearing stories and that’s what gave her the idea to try her hand at The Moth open-mic contest in Chicago.

Moth StorySLAMs take place in several major cities. Participants are given a topic beforehand, then they must memorize and perform a five-minute story. A winner is chosen by audience judges and they move on to face off in the GrandSLAM Championship.

The story that won Clark the title of GrandSLAM Champion is on conflict and she’ll be performing a shortened version of it this Tuesday, May 12th at the highly anticipated Superheros Moth Ball taking place at Capitale in Manhattan. The ball is an annual fundraising event held to support The Moth organization, a nonprofit committed to the art and craft of storytelling. Proceeds of the ball go to The Moth productions like its radio show, podcast and community programs. The event will be hosted by storyteller Ophira Eisenberg and it will honor Louis CK, from the hit FX show Louie.

Attendees will enjoy cocktails plus stories from Clark and other GrandSLAM champions and dinner. Clark says she loves hearing other people’s stories and that’s what she’s most looking forward to at the ball. Without giving too much away about her own performance, Clark says the outcome of her story will be unexpected, but the audience will be entertained.

Out of all of her stand-up accomplishments, Clark says the best one so far was the first time she performed in California and received a standing ovation.

“Being a part of the TBS Just for Laughs Festival was considered a big thing to a lot of people. But for me [the standing ovation] was really big because I had never done comedy outside of Chicago. I know a lot of people who do stand-up that can only work certain crowds or people. I felt on ’10’ to be able to go to California, be an unknown and get a standing ovation. That’s the best feeling ever,” she says.

In addition to stand-up, Clark also fills in for a morning radio show in Chicago which she’s looking forward to doing more of in the future. Clark says her next steps are gaining more exposure in stand-up and as a radio personality. She’s also considered appearing on the small and big screen.

“I’ve always wanted to be a guest star on TV. I’ve never wanted to be a series regular. I’ve wanted to be the funny quirky character that has 10 minutes of screen time,” she says. “I also love being on the radio, so I see myself doing some more national radio spots. My goals are to do what I’m doing now on a greater scale.”

Outside of her father’s fame, Clark’s trying to make a name for herself and she’s even beginning to get noticed for her own work. “I was going for a walk yesterday and the Comcast man said, ‘I know you from somewhere… Oh, I saw you last month at a show,'” Clark laughs. “It’s cool to start getting recognized for stand-up.”

Tickets are still on sale to view the show at the 2015 Superheros Moth Ball, for a limited time. For updates on other performances by Clark connect with her on Twitter @MrTsDaughter or Facebook at Erica Nicole Clark.

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