DeANNE SMITH Stand-up, Comedy Bar, April 27. See listing.
It takes cojones to begin your set joking about evolution and abortion. But that's what DeAnne Smith, one of the freshest voices around, did earlier this year during a kick-ass headlining set at Absolute Comedy. Later on, she took on crude male comics as well as awkward father/lesbian daughter bonding moments and one very painful waxing experience. Let's hope she revisits this material when she headlines the Comedy Bar on Saturday (April 27). See Listings.
You've got a very likeable stage persona. Are you this likeable in real life?
I'd like to think so, but I know that answer makes me instantly less likeable so... I guess not.
How did your bow tie, vest or hoodie look come about?
I like to dress up, but I'm poor. So sometimes a bow tie gets paired with a hoodie and I try to swagger and make it my "thing." I think it's working.
Complete the sentence: "If I weren't in comedy I would..."
"... hear a lot less about male comics' masturbation habits." At least I should hope so.
Who's your ideal front-row audience member?
Someone who speaks when directly spoken to but otherwise sits there and laughs. Oh, and is hot.
Nightmare front-row audience member?
Anyone who throws a full glass of whisky at me while I'm playing the ukulele. Yup, that's happened.
Any income tax filing tips?
Save all your receipts, then once every three years or so spend two weeks hunched over tiny pieces of paper cursing your inability to organize and questioning most of your life choices. That's what I do.
Most interesting tax write-off?
The burlesque dancer I employed in my 2012 show Living The Sweet Life.
If you, Elvira Kurt, Ellen DeGeneres, Dawn Whitwell and Maggie Cassella got into a wrestling ring, who would win?
This question is really more about your fantasies than about me, isn't it?
You mentioned your ukelele. Where do you keep it?
On a stand in a corner of my living room. I know I'm meant to answer something "wacky" here, but I feel like this answer shows that I'm grounded and real and totally freaking likeable.