Natalie Jose takes time this week out of her extremely busy schedule of stand-up comedy and singing in a Meatloaf cover band to join us at Wiggle Room. Check Natalie out on Facebook and Follow her on Twitter.
WR: You tweet a lot about being, shall we say, broke ass. How do you measure comedy success?
NJ: Comedy success is a show-to-show feeling and nothing more. This is what is so annoying about doing stand-up! One terrible set can set you back so far you can’t even remember when you ever had a good set. One incredible show and you become delusional about your talent. So I’ll say when I’m having more good shows than bad shows and having fun then I can feel some sense of success. When someone approaches me after a show and tells me how funny I am or how much they relate then I feel successful. Success is knowing that other people are suffering too. Wait, I changed my mind, I have a serious answer. If I can make a living off this, I will consider myself successful.
WR: Meatloaf, huh? Explain yourself, Missy.
NJ: Meatbute: the band that needs some explanation. I couldn’t agree more. I was with some friends at the Whistler (name drop much?) and they were talking about starting a Meatloaf cover band and I chimed in, “oh do you need someone to be the ‘hose me down with holy water’ chick?” and that’s how you join a band….knowing a few lines from that one song that played nonstop with the music video where Meatloaf has an ugly face and there are lots of billowy drapes and a sexy lace-up bodysuit. And I have to say, the band is actually incredible. Everyone’s got the musical chops and these songs are epic as fuck. Also, we are more of a Jim Steinman cover band. Jim Steinman wrote Bat out of Hell and Bat out of Hell II. He also wrote “Total Eclipse of the Heart” which I get to sing lead on. It’s just a really good time in a pretty silly way. Also, Paradise by the Dashboard light is incredible and all these songs are about getting laid, something we should all be striving for.
WR: What topics are off limits for you on stage?
NJ: Backgammon. And racial slurs (boring!)
WR: What’s the cutest name you’ve ever called a lover?
NJ: My first boyfriend’s name was Morgan and I called him Morgasm but that’s just obvious. I like the term “poopsicle.” I think it has a nice ring to it.
WR: What’s the worst thing someone has called you? Was it accurate?
NJ: I get “selfish” a lot. Which, I get. But also, I have some issues with being called selfish. Stand-up is an art form entirely about me. Self-obsessed…I guess I must be. But selfish? I’m an organ donor, you know? Though I think these organs are HIGHLY unusable. I’m hoping to get me some new organs from someone else real soon so I can keep this party going.