Before comedy’s top acts take the stage at Levity Live in West Nyack each week, they email LoHud Lowdown to partcipate in our Comedy Q&A: Same questions, different answers from some our favorite comedians. Here’s the latest from our inbox.
Performing this Weekend: Susie Essman
Best Known For: Playing the hilarious Susie Greene on “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” (In Westchester, she is also known for being a Mount Vernon native and Purchase College grad!)
If You Go: Friday and Saturday at Levity Live, 4210 Palisades Center Dr., West Nyack. $30. www.levitylive.com.
Q: What are some of your favorite topics to talk about on stage these days?
A: How lame my kids and their whole generation is! The delights of menopause. Whatever I’m going through in the moment.
Q: Is anything off limits in your act?
A: There are things that I can’t make funny because they’re too disturbing to me like child abuse and rape. But that doesn’t mean that someone else couldn’t’ make them funny. It’s just a personal thing.
Q: Which comedians inspired you to become a standup comic?
A: Richard Pryor and Mel Brooks. Seemingly nothing alike, but both brilliantly funny and improvisatorial and gutsy. I never felt that either of them was hiding behind a persona that was anything less than authentic. That’s what I always strive for.
Q: Who are three celebrities who have given you great material over the years?
A: Celebrities and their antics bore me. I don’t really follow it unless I’m getting a pedicure. I pick up Us or People and I have no idea who any of the people they’re covering are. Most of them are good at making fools of themselves. They don’t need help from me.
Q: If you weren’t a comedian, what do you think you would be doing for a living?
A: I would be an interior decorator. I’m obsessed with decorating. I lie awake at night fantasizing about throw pillows.
Q: What are three things people would be surprised to learn about you offstage?
A: I don’t curse a lot in my everyday life.
When I was a kid, I wanted to be a jazz singer.
I was a strict vegetarian for 35 years up until a year ago. Now I can’t eat enough of it.
Q: Where’s the most interesting place you’ve ever…performed comedy?
A: I’ve performed in some crazy venues from standing on top of a bar in New Jersey to a rooftop in Cannes in the south of France. Once I was performing for a private party in Westhampton on July 4th. It was at someone’s house and I was on the deck performing with my back to the ocean. All of a sudden fire works started going off behind me. I mean it was ridiculous. How am I supposed to compete with that?
Q: Do you have anything coming up that you would like us to know about?
A: Just a bunch of stand up gigs. I have a webisode that should be up any minute for Virgin Mobile. It’s a mother’s day spot and pretty funny.
Q: Do you tweet?
A: I have an account @susieessman but I always forget about it. If someone reminds me to tweet I will, but it really never crosses my mind. I’m too busy decorating in my head.