So who do you think is flying under the radar right now?
There’s a whole bunch of people in New York that I always love to watch. A lot of them started in Brooklyn and put on independent shows there. Like Julio Torres has an amazing, ethereal POV and he writes for SNL now, so he’s definitely onto big things. Anna Fabrega is another great experimental comic, and so is Jo Firestone, who is someone I also love to collaborate with. There are lots of young, exciting new voices out there right now.
Who has Tig Notaro been for you in your career?
I feel very fortunate that she sort of took me under her wing. I first met her when I was living in DC and she started a comedy festival called Bentzen Ball there. And then a few years later, she asked me if I wanted to record an album on her new label—that was very surreal.
I hadn’t even thought of recording an album up until that point, I just thought I wasn’t really ready. But when she came to me with that offer I was sort of like, "well, I can’t not do it," so, I did. Then she let me open for her at her HBO taping, and Carnegie Hall this past fall. I just feel like she’s a very kind and good person, she’s very encouraging to me but not in a showy way. In a very quiet and cool way.
Why didn’t you think you were ready? Do you suffer from imposter syndrome?
I think that is very much a part of my sense of self. Feeling like a fraud a lot of the time. I know that’s common in creative people, and I think it’s common in women too. I’m not abnormal in that sense, but it is nice that people give you a reality check every so often, and are like, "no, you can do this," and then you’ll be like, "well, I guess I’ve got to do this then."