Crystal moved to Chicago from Arkansas, lured by the promise of indoor plumbing, and to study comedy at the Second City. She graduated from the improv and sketch writing programs where she co-wrote and co-directed the revue Can We Do Me a Favor? with her writing class. Since 2015, she has performed with Stars and Gripes, a comedy ensemble of military veterans. They have produced the self-titled revue Stars and Gripes, its sequel No Guts, No Story, and Flashback, an improvised show based off interviews with veterans. She would like to thank her nieces for inspiring her to reframe her embarrassment as entertainment.