Inland Northwest native Kelsey Cook hasn't let the pandemic slow down her rise in standup comedy

Kelsey Cook, former aspiring math teacher.

The pandemic-forced shift to working from home came more naturally to some professions than others. Just imagine your livelihood depends on connecting with an audience, inspiring contagious laughter, a give-and-take that doesn’t really happen easily on Zoom.

Kelsey Cook doesn’t have to imagine. Like so many, the standup comic found herself navigating technology and all its, um, joys as the Inland Northwest native worked to keep the momentum going in her career.

“It’s been intense,” Cook says. “I joke about it on stage now, but

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