Do you still live in Park Slope?
How long have you lived there?
I've lived here for three years. In Brooklyn for seven and a half. Cobble Hill, Prospect Heights, Kensington for one week because I moved in with a gal who wanted to break up four days after we moved in together. That was awesome. Before Brooklyn, it was North Carolina and before that Florida, where I was born and raised Jehovah's Witness and handed out Watchtowers door-to-door.
How will the new show be different from the old one?
Same neighborhood, same issues, except it's my take instead of my half-of-the-take in a relationship. I'm not dealing with girlfriend issues in this; it's more about my own phobias and idiosyncrasies in response to my friends, family and the stereotypical Park Slope crowd.
Is the show autobiographical? Are you going through "stupid middle age"?
It's the better-looking, more interesting version of me. I guess I'm embarking on middle age, which I'm finding is very strange for a gay lady. Trans people are way cooler and Park Slope Parents don't care, so non-married, non-babied lesbians are just sort of floating in the middle of what's hot and what's boring. That's why I think I might come out as Intersex because it's not cool, but it's also not boring.
How difficult is it to walk a line between affectionate mockery and hostile ridicule?
It depends on how much I've had to drink because sometimes I don't even see the line. If I haven't had too much, I always go back to the safe plan—make fun of myself more than other people. If I do that, people will forgive my irresponsibility and ignorance. If they don't, I just ignore their emails.
How did Michael Showalter get involved?
He was my professor at NYU and he mentored Desiree and me when we were thinking of writing a feature together. He's been really supportive. It might be all the money I've given him, but I'm guessing it's more that he thinks I'm a genuis [sic—an email joke, right?].
Do you think the Park Slope experience is substantially different for those who live off the Seventh Avenue F and those closer to, say, the Bergen Street 2/3?
Um. I don't ride the 2/3. Gross.
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