With coverage in Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan and Vice Magazine this week, Michelle L’amour’s “Butthoven” video is poised to break 5 million views in the next day or so. Spread the love!
Since opening night is THIS WEEK (Sept 13th), we’re starting a new series to feature the comics that rock this show. Our first feature is with Drew Michael who headlines this week. Check Drew out at DREW MICHAEL COMEDY and Follow him on Twitter.
WR: Watching you always rides the line between “funniest thing I’ve ever heard” and “o.k. everyone out of the pool”. Do you think it’s important to keep people uncomfortable?
DM: I AM UNCOMFORTABLE! That is my real daily homeostatic position: discomfort. So, yeah, some of that is going to bleed into the act.
I’m not trying to make people uncomfortable; I’m really just trying to make sense of this whole “existing” thing, as we all are, and my act is basically a highlight reel of my own exploration. I’m inherently curious and somewhat hardened and desensitized to painful or “taboo” subjects, so perhaps my mind wanders there a bit more freely than most people’s would. That might make people uncomfortable because they’re not as familiar with that side of the mind. But I know I am not special, so if that dark spot or weird thought is in me — in any of us — then it’s in all of us, somewhere.
That’s what laughter is, yes? The surprise of learning that something is inside of us we did not know was there.
The goal is to always be MORE comfortable, not less, even if the process of getting there is itself uncomfortable.
WR: Who do you admire most?
DM: Anyone who is, in an honest way, truly comfortable with him/herself and his/her place in his/her environment.
(By the way, I hate that we have to refer to a generic “someone” as him/her, rather than just agree to use one grammatical gender when it’s an unknown. See? Look at me. NOT COMFORTABLE!)
WR: What topics are off limits for you on stage?
The only thing I will not talk about are personal stories that are not mine. For example, if a friend or girlfriend or family member has a personal issue, even though it becomes a part of me because I am close to him/her (there it is again!) and I am affected by it, I will usually not talk about it because they did not ask to be in the public sphere.
I’ll put my own shit out there without thinking twice. For example, I have a bit about stalking an ex girlfriend and how she got a restraining order against me. I never reveal one detail about her, other than that she was dating me at some point. That’s out of respect of her privacy and space, which is hilarious coming from the same person who sent her 400 unanswered text messages and Saran-wrapped her car.
I don’t see any topic as “off limits”. It’s all on the table. No matter how fucked up. It has to be. I think restriction and restraint is comedy — and thinking — death. This includes when people say a topic is “hack.” That’s restricting. Why is it hack to talk about masturbating or being on an airplane? Those are both things millions of people do every day, so why can’t we talk about it? The only thing that can be “hack,” really, is a perspective or angle, but that’s because reciting a trite viewpoint shows little to no creativity or honesty, the linchpins of artistic expression. It’s hack when you don’t inject your own personality into the subject. But that’s not the subject’s fault; it’s the artist’s.
WR: What’s the cutest name you’ve ever called a lover?
My current girlfriend might win the title for that one and I don’t think I can betray her, or myself, by telling you what it is. (See previous answer.)
I appreciate the journalism, however, in trying to conjure up flowery imagery to juxtapose my inherent blackened state. But, on the record, I get cuddly as fuck. Belie’e dat.
WR: What’s the worst thing someone has called you? Was it accurate?
A devaluing narcissist. My therapist said it, so it better be!
AND DON’T FORGET:
Don’t miss the fabulous “Show Us Your Newbies” show, this Thursday, June 27th at Joe’s Bar (940 W. Weed in Chicago). It’s burlesque voyeurism at its best. For info CLICK HERE.
Thursday, June 27th is one of the most fun shows of the year. If you’re a true voyeur, this is the show for you!
Join the graduating class of Studio L’amour as they take the stage to TAKE IT OFF for the first time. We could not be prouder to present Josie Daye, Charlie Scarlet, Vera Goode, Vayda Rhynstone, Lillian Angel, Daphne De Lune, Millie Toulouse, Phoebe Moon, Roma Belle and Poppy Petite!
Tickets are ONLY $15 ($10 for Everleigh Social Club members)! CLICK HERE FOR INFO
Thursday, June 27th – 8:30pm
Joe’s Bar – 940 W Weed St, Chicago
Join us this Friday, June 28 at 7pm for the 2nd Annual “HOT DISHES”. Since Naked Girls Reading is OUR fantasy, we feel it’s our responsibility to also fulfill many of YOUR fantasies. Last year, when Chicago debuted “HOT DISHES” – a Naked Girls Reading Cooking event – we got such a great response from all of you who have dreamed and fantasized about lovely ladies cooking delicious treats without any clothes on (the girls, not the treats).That’s why we’re doing it again! Yay!Join us on June 28th in Chicago as the girls read from great culinary anecdotes. They’ll also be cooking some fun bites for you to enjoy – all included in the ticket price. Don’t miss the words of Anthony Bourdain as read by a naked Greta Layne, or Michelle L’amour doing her best Julia Childs impersonating, all while downing sweet and savory dishes cooked up by the girls themselves. For a sneak peek – WATCH THIS VIDEO (NSFW)Friday, June 28 – 7pmEverleigh Social Club – 939 W Randolph, ChicagoGET YOUR TICKETS HERE.
Registration for the Summer Session at Studio L’amour is now open for all classes.The Summer Session begins July 1st and includes a great SEXY Jazz Class taught by the tag team of Michelle L’amour and Hot Toddy. You won’t want to miss it!
Chicago’s TOP comics (best o’ the best!) and Stand-Out Striptease performances by the Chicago Starlets. THIS WEEK (Apr 26) Michelle L’amour, Greta Layne and Honey Halfpint. Be sure to grab a ticket to Naked Girls Reading two and make it a double header evening.
NOW ON FRIDAYS! OPENS NEXT WEEK!
Chicago’s most acclaimed burlesque producers have pulled together another incredible ongoing lineup of amazing performers hosted by Adam Burke and featuring the World Famous Chicago Starlets (winner “Best Burlesque Group in the World 2010 at the Burlesque Hall of Fame).
Opening Friday, March 22nd, Adam Burke hosts a cast of Chicago’s cream of the cream stand-up comics who will take the stage at the Everleigh Social Club along with a bevy of beautiful burlesque dancers to entice, delight and otherwise entertain in this intimate setting. Guests will find themselves couched in the luxurious sexuality of this incredible, unique nightspot surrounded by the best talent the City of Broad Shoulders has to offer.
Make your reservation now, seating is incredibly limited.
It’s Video Week and I’m releasing a special video to the public each day this week. Today is an act Michelle L’amour debuted in 2012. It’s an art deco piece that was inspired by Erté and the Atlas statue in Rockefeller Plaza. PLAY IT LOUD!
Wiggle Room is back and NOW ON FRIDAYS! Join Adam Burke and the Chicago Starlets in the acclaimed striptease and stand-up comedy showcase that’s only at the Everleigh Social Club. This is the show you’ve heard about and the best way to spend a Friday evening. Lounge in the plush atmosphere of the Everleigh, laugh at Chicago’s cream of the cream comics and bask in the beauty of burlesque bawdiness that only Michelle L’amour can bring you.
FRIDAY’S (MAR 22 – APR 26) AT 10PM.