Chatting with Bridget
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Who has been the best pillow fighter?
The best pillow fight was between me and the girls from South of Nowhere, Mandy Musgrave and Gabrielle Christian. We took the pillow fight out of the bedroom and onto the front lawn. We had to edit a lot because our pillow fight went on forever. The audience didn't see all the goods and I went home with a lot of bruises that day.
Who would be your dream pillow fight competitor?
My dream pillow fight competitor would be Ellen DeGeneres. That might be an obvious choice, but I really want to beat her with a pillow and then challenge her to a dance off, which she'd most likely win.
How do your family, friends and partners feel about being used as 'real-life humor' material in your routine?
That's a great question! I write a lot of jokes about the people in my life because I think the truth is funny and sometimes heartbreaking, which can be even funnier. I always run my jokes by my victims—I mean, my family and friends. The jokes that in my act are the ones that were approved. You should hear the doozies that didn't get clearance—they are a hoot!
Why is your blog entitled 'Comedy Double Standard'? Is it more challenging to be a female comic or a lesbian comic?
When I first started performing stand-up, I went around town to all the open mics including the Laugh Factory in West Hollywood. The rule for the open mic was "no swearing," a rule I abided by. The male performer that went on before me made a joke about how "well hung" his mentally handicapped brother was, with no backlash. When I took to the stage I did my set omitting the swears, and said the word "penis." The owner immediately asked me to leave stage and return with a "clean" set. I was stunned and really embarrassed. My friends tried to cheer me up by taking me out for sushi and we all sat in silence as I cried into my California rolls. That night I went home and started my blog "Comedy Double Standards." Most careers are male dominated and stand-up is no different. It's really difficult to be a female comedian let alone a lesbian comedian. And no one wants to laugh at a 'pretty girl' - they figure "What does she have to complain about?" to which I respond, "Have you met my mother?"
What was your role in the movie Wanted?
For 2 1/2 years I worked on the production side of Wanted, assisting the executive producer of the film. At 2AM on the last shoot day in Chicago, I was hiding out in the producer's trailer and the director of photography Mitch Amundsen told me I must become "the checkout girl," a coveted role. (Please know I'm being sarcastic.) In the film, James McAvoy is purchasing an obscene amount of jars of peanut butter and I'm his cashier. We did it a couple takes as James and I bantered back and forth and the end result is me onscreen for 10 seconds scanning peanut butter in silence and one shot of the back of my head. My mother is so proud!
Are you pursuing an acting career?
I would love to do more acting roles. I currently play a recurring role as Rhonda the Rapid Delivery in the Web series 3Way. I studied drama at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, so I'd like to get as much as possible out of my degree before I resort to selling it on eBay.
The year 2008 has been busy for you: a hilarious blog, weekly Brunch with Bridget vlogs, acting, traveling, guest appearances on other AfterEllen.com vlogs, trips to emergency, collaborations with Karman Kregloe, tattoo sessions, etc. With so much going on, which of these endeavors is your favorite?
The tattoo was definitely not my favorite. I screamed like a bitch the entire time. My favorite part of 2008 thus far has been traveling with the AfterEllen.com crew and hosting the meet ups. Whenever we are in another city or country, Sarah organizes a meet up so all the girls that read the site can get together. I just came back from France where we had two meet ups, one in Paris and one in Lyon. The turnout was amazing and there were so many different kinds of girls, all brought together by the AfterEllen.com bi/lesbian community. It just reinforced that, "We're here. We're queer. Get use to it."
What are your plans for the future?
I desperately need to get an oil change but after that I'm hosting Daily Jam, a self help show on Peoplejam.com...and I'm guest-starring in a Web series for Warner Brothers called Joni & Susanna on theWB.com.