When I was little a phrase I often heard was, “You think you’re really funny, don’t you?” It was usually coming from my parents and it was usually because I was being a little shit. And most times it was followed by “You’ve got a real potty mouth on you and it needs to change.” The potty mouth my parents were referring to didn’t mean that I swore a lot (I would have been beaten for cuss words as a kid) it meant that I was a smart ass. Getting told either of these things typically meant I was in trouble.
That is until yesterday when a writer for the Chicago Tribune wrote an article about the Chicago Women’s Funny Festival and called me “a funny, potty-mouthed comedian.” When I read that line I couldn’t help but laugh. And just like when I was a kid I also couldn’t help but think, I don’t have a potty mouth. I really don’t..
Yesterday afternoon I noticed my blue little Twitter bird on my phone was blowing up more than normal so I clicked on it. And as soon as I saw the words “My Chi Trib Column” and my name attached to the tweet my heart dropped and I said OH SHIT out loud for no one to hear. I knew the writer from the Trib was at the festival, but I figured he was just there to write about the bigger acts. So when I saw he had mentioned me I feared for the worst. From the time I clicked the link and the time it took to pull up I went through 100 scenarios in my head, He said I was unfunny. He thought I was too dark. Or dumb. Or my fly was down. He thought I was awful. He made fun of me. In about five seconds I said everything negative about myself I have ever thought before just to prepare for the worst.
And then I read the first line, “The first comic I see at a Thursday showcase is Taylor Wolfe, a funny, potty-mouthed comedian who possesses a style and delivery that leans heavily on Amy Schumer, but is nevertheless enjoyable.”
Okay, funny with a potty mouth. I can deal with that. He says I’m a little too much like Schumer which is a bit of dig because you always want to be original, but I can deal with that as well.
And then he goes on to quote one of my jokes. Is it my favorite joke to be quoted in the Chicago Tribune for thousands of people to read? Uh, not exactly. But whatever, it’s all in good fun.
Wolfe is recently back from Nebraska where she hit up a reunion at her middle school and at one point ended up in the gym locker room, where she had her first sexual encounter. “It was awkward because as I was walking out I ran into the P.E. teacher who did it to me,” says Wolfe. “Apparently she still works at the school.”
I still get embarrassed reading it. I think I might be the most modest comedian to ever live. Just for the record I never said “sexual encounter.” And just a reminder that this is a joke, meaning it’s not true. Never the less it still makes me blush.
To read the rest of the article you can click here.
As I am with everything, I was probably way more excited than the average joe about my small little paragraph. Good comedians get write-ups in the Trib all of the time. But I don’t. This was my first time and it was completely unexpected, which made it all of the more fun.
And now I’m just really hoping my grandma doesn’t somehow get a hold of the article. So if you know my grandma, please don’t send her the link. It will just make her pray for me more than she already does.