Michelle Buteau is a very funny comic based in
New York City. She just earned her big television break, being selected
appear on Comedy Central's Premium Blend. Michelle took time-out
from her "day-job" to talk with me on the telephone.
me: Tell us about Premium Blend.
Michelle: If people have seen the show, they know they will see
fresh new comedy. I liked every person they had on this season. Every
person was completely unique. They had comedians from all over the
country. I heard all new bits.
me: A lot of people don't realize how much work goes into your 7
Michelle: Yeah, it took me 4 years to make those 7 minutes. Four
years to get TV producers to say, We like your 7 minutes."
me: Did the show censor any of your material?
Michelle: Yes. I say, "My ex-boyfriend was so
fat I didn't know whose t!tty I was sucking." Turns out you
can say t!tty, but you can't say sucking the t!tty.
They also didn't want me to say "vagina." After talking to the
producers, I realized I don't
have any pull. When it's your 1st TV appearance, they have the say.
me: So Comedy Central picks you out of all the comedians to
interview host Damon Wayans for the web site. What did you ask
Michelle: I felt like I should get to the hard hitting
issues. So I asked him "Chicken wings or chicken tenders? Al Green or
Marvin Gaye?" They didn't showcase me on the web site because I
guess it's about him... whatever.
me: What was it like to interview a big star like Damon?
Michelle: Well, Damon had top notch lotion. Us
black people get ashy. And when he needed a lozenge, someone
ran down to get it!
me: Was this your first celebrity interview?
Michelle: I've also interviewed Chris Rock. He is a
completely serious businessman off-stage. I thought Damon would be like
Homey the Clown offstage. You want to break him, but I couldn't do that
me: What was the best advice for comedians that Damon gave?
Michelle: "Nothing is sacred. You gotta do it and do all of it."
me: What was the coolest part about doing Premium Blend?
Michelle: It was amazing to be treated like a professional. They
pay you to do what you do every night for free.
me: How do you feel about your debut Premium Blend performance?
Michelle: I felt like I did really well. "I felt like Chris
Rock with titties."
See Michelle Buteau on Comedy Central's Premium Blend: Friday, December
2nd at 11:30 PM. (And in reruns if you miss it!)
Watch Michelle's interview with Damon Wayans!
Visit Michelle's web site
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