While Hari Kondabolu are likely to be this generation’s greatest political comic and Nikki Glaser is who you go to if you like it dirties, when you’re crave pure, goofy merriment, search no further than Maggie Faris, who merely released her second album, A Dingus Among Us, on Audible .
Faris isn’t afraid to let you know where she stands politically( astonish, she didn’t vote for Donald Trump) and she doesn’t shy away from adult themes( her last album was called Hot Lesbo Action ) but it’s all tied up by a merriment, silly energy that attains it feel like you’re hanging out with your best friend. Her brand-new album is full of clever wordplay, wacky stories, and Faris’ delight of doing what she adores, which glistens bright enough to infect the entire audience.
The Minneapolis-based comedian took some time to talk to the Daily Dot via email about her brand-new album and her enjoy of comedy.
Daily Dot: A lot of great comedians seem to come out of Minnesota. What is it about that state that makes them so funny ?
Maggie Faris: You have to be creative and think of fun material to do or the winters will kill you. They get long, coldnes, and depressing so a lot of people think of fun material to do to pass the time. Watch winter carnival, frost palace, snow sculptures, etc. Honestly, I genuinely don’t know. There are lots of creative and funny people here that appeared to foster the same in others.
DD: The mode you’ve developed involves a lot of merriment wordplay and general silliness. Do you think that’s a thing people are especially craving at this phase in record ?
MF: I think we are at such a strange degree in history and we are bombarded with information materials and humor about what’s going on in the world that I sometimes feel it’s my job to let everyone keep forgetting that material and merely enjoy and come together on silliness. We get so divided on political issues and fitted with violence and abhor and feeling that it’s nice to let that go for an hour or so and merely have fun and relax and maybe have a smile at someone. You could be at home arguing with on social media.
DD: You’ve gotten to do some sports announcing in the past few years. How did that come about and what was its own experience like ?
MF I was the PA announcer for the St. Paul Saints baseball team for a short time. They had a slapstick game to pick their next announcer and I won it. I procured the games to be a lot of merriment to announce for. I had to keep in mind my audience was family-oriented, signifying extremely PG. I prefer to tell gags to grown-ups. I genuinely enjoyed doing it though and learned a LOT about baseball announcing and commentating.
DD: “Dingus” is such a specific term, where did you pick it up ?
MF: I’ve just heard various people say it here and there and I met it to be such a fun term to say that I started utilizing it all the time. I just think of it as a general term for someone who is kind of a dork or silly or goofball. That pretty much describes me in a nutshell.
DD: How do you think you’ve changed as a comedian since your first album, Hot Lesbo Action ?
MF: I’ve been doing comedy for 18 years now and I just feel like I’m starting to made a stride where I can talk about all the things I really would like to speak about and keep it merriment and fascinating. It’s funny because a few of the chips in this album were written before Hot Lesbo Action , so some of it has absolutely no evolution. This album is various kinds of a mix up of jokes splatted together. I’m actually about halfway does so with my next album, which will be closer to one continuous narrative, which is something that’s very new to me but I’m meeting very fun to work on.
DD: You make fun of your father a little bit on the new album. Has she heard it and, if so, what does she suppose ?
MF: Oh yes. She’s heard all the jokes. She desires them. She desires when I talk about her. The tale about when she went into a coffee shop is real and she ever gets a kick out of it when she hears it again because it’s so real to her and so true. If she didn’t like it, I wouldn’t “re just telling me”. I can’t even get into the stuff I’ve left out!
DD: Are you doing much touring now that the album is out? How do you like being on the road ?
MF: I’m on the road some but prefer to work in township if I’m able. There are a ton of great venues right here in the Twin Cities and I’m always trying to get booked locally as frequently as possible. I have a hard time being on the road a lot. I miss dwelling too much. But there are certain clubs I will definitely travel for.
DD: What stirs slapstick the best task in the world ?
MF: It’s the most fun thing I’ve ever done. I suppose being on stage and making a crowd of people laugh at the same occasion is one of my most favorite things in the world. It’s simply a rush. I also love the evolution of joke writing. Just thinking of a theory and running it over and over again on stage until it is this polished wealth is just magical to me.
DD: What induces it the most difficult chore in the world ?
MF: Sometimes you get a lot of stupid people who may say or do stupid things and then it’s not as merriment. Likewise, like I said earlier, the traveling is really hard. I get tired and miss home. It’s also hard to find your audience. I have this idea about having enough adherents to get well understood consistent operate all the time and yet I have no desire to be famous. I want to stay in Minnesota forever and abide simply for the purposes of the radar but still write gags and perform. I’m pretty much to that phase but I see as a performer it’s easy to always crave more and not be happy where you’re at. Mostly I try to forget all of that and simply have fun.
DD: Do you recollect what your first time on stage was like ?
MF: Yes. I had a confidence I should not have had. I had no hypothesi what I was doing and just made an ass of myself. I remember I hollered afterwards and it took me about six months to ever try again. I don’t even know why I did try again because the first time was so bad. Not simply did I not get ANY laughs, I got groans. I was terrible.
DD: What would ever attain you laugh as a kid ?
MF: Saturday Night Live stimulated me laugh. I watched that and the Carol Burnett Show . I also remember watching Eddie Murphy over and over and over again and listening to cassette videotapes of Cheech and Chong. I also had this series of dreadful joke volumes called Truly Tasteless Jokes which are just awful stereotypes and horrendous street jokes that I would obscure and read all the time. I had no thought what half of the jokes signify but I would memorize them and tell them to people.
DD: What makes you laugh most in your day-to -day life now ?
MF: My pals. My dogs. My fiance. My household. I adore play. Anything involving play-act or just goofing around stimulates me laugh. I like people like Maria Bamford, Amy Sedaris, Kate McKinnon, Melissa McCarthy. I like displays like Portlandia . I dislike be acknowledged but I enjoy the testify Practical Jokers . I’m ever chuckling out loud at the stupid material they do.