Bridget Everett Talks About Her Naked Self, ‘From Heart to Breast,’ in ‘Somebody Somewhere’

WWith her vaudeville performance, Bridget Everett has never been shy about putting all of herself out there for audiences to enjoy. But in her new semi-autobiographical series Someone somewhereHBO just renewed for a second season, she’s taking herself to the next level.

In this week’s episode of The last laugh audio files, Everett shares about the real-life trauma that helped inform her performance, what she learned about being “involved” from a previous pilot who wasn’t picked up, and the treats. Eat about the feeling of returning to the stage for the first time in two years. She also shared hilarious stories about being cast in the role Sex and the city movie, meeting her friend Amy Schumer for the first time and being in the middle The old feud between Jerry Seinfeld and Bobcat Goldthwait.

Despite receiving near-universal critical acclaim, Everett admits that she felt “a bit uncertain at first” about Someone somewhere, “Because it’s a show where this kind of thing has its heart on its sleeve and that’s not always considered cool.” The exploration of the lives of a group of mostly strange outsiders in her conservative hometown of Manhattan, Kansas, also known as “The Little Apple,” is a far cry from sweaty, drunken bonanzas. Drinks that Everett had been doing for years at Joe’s Pub in the Big Apple — until the pandemic made her personal and intimate pub style nearly impossible.

“I’m not going to lie, I was really, really depressed about it,” she said of her long hiatus on stage. “The live stage show is the source, it motivates me, it makes me very happy.” So instead of trying to portray her stage character on screen, she asked herself, “What if Bridget Everett never moved to New York and stayed in Kansas?”

“I never thought of doing a gig back in Kansas. I left for a reason,” she told me. “But to be honest, it’s been really fun and comforting and healing in a way to do a show back to Kansas.” And although the series is filled with deeply personal details about her family, including the death of her sister and her mother’s alcoholism, she asserts, “This is not a hit. About my family. I didn’t come for them. Because they won’t have it if I do. “

Everett said Someone somewhereco-created by High maintenance alums Hannah Bos and Paul Thureen, is really about “finding who you are” and “reuniting with the world” after losing a loved one. “And for me, those themes are present in my real life,” she said. “I’m a wildebeest on stage, but in real life I’m an introvert, sad a lot, which isn’t very exciting, but it’s true.”

“When I was younger, I was always in trouble for being a little too loud or too obnoxious or too wild,” Everett added. But as she’s “bigger and wilder” on stage, she feels she “must protect” her true self by becoming more withdrawn and even reclusive at times. “Because I share a lot on stage, both emotionally and physically. And I mean from the heart to the chest,” she said. “You kind of leave it all on the floor. And so then I just go home and sit with myself.”

I share a lot on stage, both emotionally and physically. And I mean from the heart to the chest. You leave it all on the floor. And so then I just go home and sit with myself.

Everett’s character, Sam, begins Someone somewhere There’s no emotional outlet for the stage and only begins to unfold when she begins performing songs as part of town’s gay-friendly “choir practice” night. The actress says it’s not hard to put herself back into that mindset, because “there was a very long period” in her life when no one gave her a chance to sing in public.

“The only real singing that I did in my twenties and thirties was in karaoke bars,” she said. “And then in my late thirties I found the pub and started having a little more success with it. But there were years when I was here in New York and my friends became successful on Broadway, TV and movies and I’m still a waitress. And there’s nothing wrong with that, but if that’s not your dream, it leaves you a little empty. “

Everett was the once-a-week “karaoke queen,” and when she didn’t get to perform, she recalls, “I was just angry. I’m a mean friend and a bit out of place. I know a lot of people who are in their thirties and forties and don’t quite connect with what they really want to do, or don’t figure out how to do it, or don’t quite give themselves the opportunity to do it. And you certainly don’t see many women over 50 where the protagonist is trying to start their lives at that age. “

Someone somewhere is actually Everett’s second shot of television success. About five years ago, she piloted Amazon Prime Video with Sex and the city creator Michael Patrick King called Love you more. At the time, Amazon was asking viewers to vote for their pilots to see who would be chosen to make the series, and Everett said her show was the “most popular” show on the planet. convenient that way.

“And then they just took it to a focus group and a couple of men said, ‘We didn’t think she could fit in,” Everett recalls. “I was like, oh, okay, maybe I don’t like it. I guess there was my shot and it was over. “

“We could be a victim of war,” she said with a sarcastic laugh about the Amazon particularly toxic culture during that period, this also led to cancel your favorite series like Tig Notaro One Mississippi and Joey Soloway’s I love Dick.

Instead of dismissing the experience thinking she should try to be “more relatable,” Everett ran in the other direction, realizing that “the more specific I am to myself, the more authentic I am to my story.” “, the more viewers will connect with her work.

“And in the end, I said, ‘Fuck, this is a sweet and tender show. Wouldn’t this be cool and just disappear, just fade into darkness? ”, she said. But she knew that in the end she put all herself in Someone somewhere. “And if it failed, it failed, but at least I gave it all I had.”

In the end, I said, ‘Fuck, this is a sweet and tender show. Wouldn’t this be cool and just disappear, just sink into darkness? ‘

Just before the Omicron wave hit New York City, Everett had the chance to perform live for the first time in nearly two years at Joe’s Pub. “It feels like being in an electric car, being exhausted to zero and then going to be supercharged and all of a sudden you just have a buzzing,” she says with a laugh. At the same time, she admits, “I was really scared for the first five minutes. I think I lost it. And then I sang “Titties,” a song that really pleased the crowd and it got me right back on track. “

“I was really scared to be around anyone for some reason. But those in the audience just said, ‘Let’s go!’, she continued. “Everybody desperately needs the connection and the thrill of it. I took out a lot of audience engagement. I scaled it down to maybe 70%, just for everyone’s sanity. But I never felt like I had an audience like I did that week, like they needed as much as I did. ”

In the years since Everett began performing her stage show, in which she frequently nuzzled the audience’s head against her chest or raised their faces in the middle of a song, attitudes of consent have evolved. And she tried to grow with them.

“I changed the language in the program. I don’t go near people much. I said, ‘Can I?’ “We’re all learning as we go. It can’t be as messy as it used to be. And it shouldn’t be. Let’s go with the times and learn, grow, and make sure that everyone Everyone feels comfortable and happy.”

At the same time, pretty much everyone who comes to see Everett live knows what they’re here for. “They are there for a reason,” she said.

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