Teacher Spotlight: Rachel Keeley

Our growing class list would be quite difficult to pull off without the awesome instructors - and businesses - we've been so honored to meet.  We'd like to give you the same opportunity to get to know The Chattery teachers a bit better. 

Learn more about Rachel Keeley, who will be leading us in an Introduction to Stand Up Comedy class!

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Rachel Keeley is originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she started her comedy career about 3 years ago. She had always been told she was funny but she was too frightened to speak in front of people with a microphone in hand. She decided to take the Comedy 101 from my now friend and mentor Roy Johnson who has been to "The Show" as a comedian. He gave her the basics that helped alleviate some of the stresses of speaking along with helped 15 of comedy 101-ers put together individual sets over 10 weeks that led to a "sold out" graduation night where they did their bits at the Loony Bin in front of 250 people. It was a success & she was hooked! She loved collaborating with other comedians and starting working with a promoter to do as many shows as she could. She relocated to Chattanooga about a year ago. She has done open mic nights at the Choo-Choo and JJ's Bohemia. She is passionate about creating a larger buzz for comedy here in Chattanooga where venues, people and kids can be more involved in this craft.

How did you get started in your profession?

 I started about 3 years ago in a comedy 101 class.

Why do you love Chattanooga?

I love the atmosphere here. It's very busy but in a calm way. The scenery is spectacular and there is always something going on to be apart of.

What's one topic you'd like to learn through The Chattery?

I love to learn about personalities and what make them tick, and of course I always enjoy a cocktail making class. I was intrigued by the make your own essential oils but my job is challenging through the fall so I don't have a lot of free time to take as many classes as I would like.

What's something someone would be surprised to learn about you?

Other than stand up comedy? I coordinate a 2300 mile antique car rally through 18 different cities in 9 days every June.