Paula Bel: "People Tell Me They Wish They Could Say What I Say. Especially Women"
We all know that the ability to sugarcoat things is not a virtue in the comedy business and comedian Paula Bel certainly doesn't mind unloading her issues and pet peeves whenever she steps to the mic. Before her upcoming gig at the Brea Improv on March 12th called "Hell in High Heels," we took some time to talk to Bel to see where her brutally funny and fearless as fuck comedy style comes from. And we don't want to blow her cover BUT...she is actually a total sweetheart... and a total badass!
Michael Schwatrz Truth be told, people think I'm pissed or I'm angry but I'm really just passionate about what I say.
OC Weekly (Ali Lerman): It's funny because you sound so pleasant right now but in your comedy, you come across kind of annoyed.
Paula Bel: So my comedy sounds annoying? [Laughs.] Well do you want me to just wake up and be a bitch?
Ha! No, I mean you kinda bark a lot. It's like, you get to say what people want to say but they can only say it in their heads. It's cool.
Well yeah, that's true. People always tell me they wish that they could say what I say. Especially women. Truth be told, people think I'm pissed or I'm angry but I'm really just passionate about what I say. If you go to France, everybody talks like me. It's just they're speaking French so you don't know what the fuck they're saying. Seriously, it's about having some dedication to what you're saying. Most people don't though because they're too afraid or timid but that's not me. That'll never be me.
You're lucky that you have this platform where you can shout it out.
Well people think that with comedy that you can just go up there and do it. But it takes a lot of writing, it's a lot of work. I can't just go up there, well, granted I probably could because I've made it into what I love to do, but it still takes time. If anybody could just jump up there and be the bitch that I am, people wouldn't watch it. [Laughs.] They'd just watch reality TV or something. You have to have timing and know what the fuck you're talking about and usually, I'm talking about personal stuff like what's happening to me or my views on things.
I love the bit you do about your friends not knowing you have kids. Hearing people go on and on about their kids is probably why I hate Facebook so much...
Yeah it's like, what were these people before and what are they going to do later? Their kids are going to grow up and leave so you hope they'll have something else to talk about eventually. I mean, not every woman that kicks kids out of their uterus makes it all that they are about. Society is just weird. [Laughs.]