Somebody throw the girl a bone; she's trying to bring a comedy club to Boone.
There is a possibility that you know Leslie "Danger" Steverson. She normally shows up where creeper bar flies are imposing themselves on non-consenting easy targets. Steverson has a noticeable lisp and has no problem turning potentially sleazy interactions into severely awkward partings.
"Danger" Steverson shows up at Koncepts Hookah Lounge in Boone on Tuesday nights to share her own little piece of existence. Steverson doesn't always realize that the crowd finds her hilarious.
A comedic alter-ego of a young woman named Katy Conroy, Steverson has been visiting the hookah lounge regularly for over a year now. Conroy goes to hear the comedy that ensues when Steverson shows. Since Conroy started taking the microphone and sharing the fun, or bombing on stage, others have swallowed their pride and brought their own farces.
Conroy grew up dreaming of being on Saturday Night Live, and has been working toward that end unrelentingly.
"Ever since I was little, I just wanted to make people smile - smile and laugh," she said, while smiling.
A smile may bring joy to the hearts of the downtrodden, but Conroy lives to make mirth.
"Sometimes you do something, fall and hurt yourself, and you react," Conroy said.
"You react differently if you know someone saw you, and sometimes you are by yourself, and you just have to laugh, to yourself, and admit to yourself that if you don't you are going to throw up."
Conroy gets her comedy from daily life.
"I made a new years resolution to write a standup piece every day," she said. "So far, I have."
Conroy is easy to talk to, but she says that she is intimidating to men. She didn't say why. It may be because Leslie "Danger" shows up during conversation unannounced.
"I used to DD (designated driver) for my friends in school, and they would want me to prank call," Conroy said. "Leslie could talk to people for 40 minutes at a time. People would get really into finding out who this girl was with the lisp."
These days, Conroy sometimes disappears, and Svetlana, her Russian alter-ego, has her say. But Steverson, Conroy says, is the truer Katy Conroy.
"I was always quirky when I was young," she said. "I am really fortunate to have friends and a family that totally understands."
Conroy asked her older brother what he wanted for his wedding celebration, and he requested that Leslie show up. Leslie was introduced to all the closest family and friends when she made a toast to Katy's brother.
"Danger" Steverson has a Facebook.com profile and a following of online viewers on Youtube.com.
Conroy's admits her comedy may not be the best, and that she has a long way to go. But the power of what she is doing comes from the doing of what she loves.
Conroy has applied to the DePaul University and hopes to attend this year. She is finishing her final year at Appalachian State University. She saw the need for another form of nightlife entertainment and has done her part to bring it to the Boone area.
Conroy and Leslie will be doing their own rib-tickling Tuesday, Feb. 23, around 10 p.m. and on every other Tuesday night at Koncepts Hookah Lounge, 809 W. King St.