FIVE COMEDY Q’s: Liz Miele

Direct from NYC, comedian Liz Miele rolls into Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany on Sunday (December 31) headlining the New Year’s Eve edition of Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show. Kicking off at 8pm, the show also features comedian Justin Herman. Tickets are now on sale, priced at $15 in advance; $20 at the door.

WHAT’S THE FIRST JOKE THAT YOU REMEMBER TELLING? Aw, I don’t remember my first joke on stage, but I remember the first big laugh from a joke I wrote. I was 17, and it goes something like this (long time ago so don’t remember it fully): “My friend has a one-eyed cat, and he was going on and on about how special and unique it was cause it had one eye, and you can’t find that. And I was like, that’s not special. You can just make one of those…like with a knife or a spoon.”

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE ONE-LINE GROANER? Not a big one-liner comic. I tell a lot of stories, and I’m not a groaner kinda comic, so see above answer, I guess.

HOW DO YOU HANDLE HECKLERS? It depends on the heckler and what kinda of day I’m having, but more often since I’ve been in therapy for eight years, I’m starting to sound like my therapist. I attack less and try to figure out what’s really going on. “OK Paul, you say I suck, but is this really about me or about you and your relationship to your mother?” It’s fun and unexpected and being calm and caring throws a lot of hecklers off.

THE PERFECT COMEDY CONCERT IS… small packed club or theater, low ceiling, good sound system, people excited and willing to listen and be taken on a journey. I love when audiences get all the little jokes in the story and not just the main punchline. That’s it. That’s perfect to me. They are excited. I feel comfortable to be myself and have fun.

Hmmm, I don’t know how to answer this. I don’t wanna be another comic. My goal was always to find and share my true self, flaws and all. There are attributes I wish I had or did better. I wish I was silly like Nick Swardson. I wish I could talk about anything like Wanda Sykes. I wish I was as smooth as Dave Chappelle. I wish I had Seinfeld’s money. Ya know, stuff like that. But truthfully, I like what I do and just wanna continue to get better and have my work reach the people that appreciate it.

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