Lisa Landry is a talented stand-up comedian residing in the great (and cold wintery) state of New York. She has her own half-hour special on Comedy Central and continues to tour and perform at comedy clubs around the country. You can stay up-to-date on her career (without being a stalker) by visiting her website at LisaLandry.com.
Q: So first off, congrats on having your baby last November! What were the scariest and most hilarious parts of your journey into motherhood?
LL: The scariest part of having a baby is eating the afterbirth. Luckily, it goes down well with a squeeze of lemon and some kosher salt. The most hilarious part is my son laughs in his sleep. He must dream in slapstick. It's awesome; he is a super cool baby. The very best part of being a new mom is knowing I am kind of a fuck up but I will always be a better parent than Britney.
Q: Your current half hour special is amazingly funny. We highly recommend all of our readers to go watch it and "TiVo it" this instant! Speaking of which, what moment of your life would you like to rewind to and then replay?
LL: I have done so much damage to myself in random moments - it's hard to pare it down to one chunk I'd like to rewind. I guess the moment I realized there was a bar on my college campus. By virtue of walking in there on a sunny, Friday afternoon I extended my university stay by seven years.
Q: You have "Beer" listed as a top friend on your MySpace. How long have you two been "good pals"?
LL: Since college. I may not have traveled the world but I have tasted beer from just about every country that exports it so I feel like beer is my global ambassador.
Q: Your astrological sign is the Leo. I have had stupendously rotten luck with all "lionesses." So #1 is that really a word? And #2, what the heck am I doing wrong?
LL: I will go with "yes" lionesses is a word. And a mighty impressive one at that since it could score you a lot of Scrabble points. I don't know what you are doing wrong - maybe you are an Aries. Leos and Aries go together like nitro and glycerin. Or maybe you bang these Leos and don't call the next day.
Q: What's the best and worst part about being in your 30s?
LL: The best part is I don't get carded anymore so I don't have to remember to bring ID. The worst part is I don't get carded anymore so I wonder how old the bouncer thinks I am.
Q: Can you share with us the biggest misconception about being a female comedian?
LL: The biggest misconception about being a female comedian is that we're all lesbians. Most of the good ones are - that's true. But not all of us. And we don't all hate men, either. I love men!!! Men invented pizza delivery and cable TV. They are my heroes.
Q: Let's digress into politics. Who has your vote in 2008 and why?
LL: I want to vote for Huckabee. He doesn't believe in evolution and wants creationism taught in schools. Think of all the money we'll save on scientific research with a guy like that in the White House! We could take all the funding marked for stem cell exploration and cancer laboratories and spend those millions on brand new, sparkly bibles for every child in America. That's what kids need - less analytical thought and more Jesus in the schools!
Q: Who has a comedic act that you would steal generously from (provided plagiarism was good, and they'd never find out)?
LL: I know you are asking a light-hearted question and I appreciate where you're coming from on this one, but I seriously hate when comedians steal. It's a major pet peeve of mine. I think plagiarism is reprehensible and shows a disgusting lack of integrity and character. It lowers the art form. I think people who steal others' work should be beaten in the street with sticks and rocks like a woman trying to drive in Saudi Arabia. But if I must give an answer I'd say - Carlos Mencia. Since he steals from everyone he works with - I could steal from him and take the very best of the thousands of comics he's ever shared a stage with in his career. That way I'd never have to write again. I'd save a lot of time and get to watch way more TV and party.
Q: What was your New Year's resolution for 2008?
LL: I made a resolution to drink way more beer and put on twenty pounds.
Q: Where can we catch more of your work and stay updated on your career?
LL: Who knows? I'm on CMT all this month in a show called 20 Greatest Redneck Moments, my special re-runs on Comedy Central pretty often and I'm back on tour so maybe on the road somewhere. If you're in NYC you can usually catch me at Comic Strip Live or The Comedy Cellar. Please check out my website- LISALANDRY.COM I'm a whole lot of ADD but I manage to keep it pretty current.
Q: Let's end with word association. I say wombat and you say...
LL: Mortal Kombat. Does that mean I am violent or does that mean I'm immature and would you like to play for money?