Amanda Costner is a solo comedic musician who hails from Oklahoma and bases out of the Twin Cities. Amanda has performed at Second City, Brave New Workshop, Looney Bin Comedy Club and bars & theaters throughout the midwest. Her comedic songs range from acoustic pop ballads about being a gay preacher’s daughter, to soul-comedy pieces on the war of sexual frustration. Pulling her electric guitar out to showcase jazzy humorous tunes & bluesy songs about being poor, Amanda takes listeners on a laughter-filled ride of eclectic music stylings. Between songs, fans get a chance to listen to original improvised music comedy during audience participation sketches. And each performance is loaded with the biographical, stand-up musings of an “LGBT-Redneck”. Look out for Amanda’s debut EP, Are You Impressed?, which will drop in the Spring of 2017.
♦ Amanda Lynn Costner was born on July 31st, 1985 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
♦ Amanda spent the first ten years of her life in Rainbow City, Alabama with her mother, father and younger sister Mekall.
♦ As a child, Amanda often received complaints on her report card that she talked too much.
♦ The first instrument Amanda learned to play was the drums. On her 12th birthday her parents took her to the church her father was a minister at and revealed a drumset to be kept at the church and used during worship services (Amanda soon became the worship team’s drummer).
♦ When she was 12 years old, Amanda’s father would regularly bribe her to go to the golf course using frozen lemonades they sold at the course snack shack
♦ Amanda’s first job was cleaning the bathrooms at Heritage Hills Golf Course in Claremore, Oklahoma. She was eventually promoted to the cart barn and worked summers in the clubhouse when she was going through college.
♦ Amanda was awarded Big 12 Female Athlete of the Year in 2007, her senior year at the University of Kansas.
♦ Amanda held every record for the University of Kansas women’s golf team when she graduated in 2007. She missed her graduation ceremony to play in her first professional golf tournament on the LPGA Futures Tour.
♦ Amanda spent 2 1/2 years on the Futures Tour, traveling around the country in her 2000 Ford Explorer.
♦ In the spring of 2011 Amanda packed up her car and moved to Chicago with no place to live, no job and no friends or family.
♦ The first place Amanda performed a comedic song at was an open mic in Wicker Park called No Shame Theatre.
♦ In the spring of 2012 Amanda performed as the drummer and wife of Bill (from Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure) in We Are Wyld Stallyns.
♦ Amanda recorded her first EP in July, 2015 in Toronto, Canada.