This month, we made Suzy Soro, Featured Writer of the Month. Suzy’s one liners keep us giggling. Her humor is sharp and intelligent and she speaks from the heart. We are proud to have Suzy Soro here with us on HumorOutcasts.com
WHO IS SUZY SORO? WHERE WERE YOU BORN? WHAT MAKES YOU TICK?
ME: I’m half French and half American so when I go to France I just treat myself like shit. I’m never been married but I have had a similar experience; I was once hit by a car and left by the side of the road for dead.
WERE YOU ALWAYS THE ENTERTAINER OR THE FUNNIEST PERSON IN THE ROOM?
MY COMEDY: I started being funny in school. For me it was like having Tourette’s. I couldn’t stop myself from blurting out inappropriate things. If someone in your family dies, you don’t want me around because I will make jokes until the rest of you wish you were dead. I was so out of control at my Dad’s funeral that our lawyer took me aside and told me to have some respect. This is because I was talking about finding my Dad’s porn collection after he died. HOW IS THAT NOT FUNNY? It’s not like my Dad could hear me.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED IN COMEDY?
HOW I GOT STARTED: In the 9th grade I wrote a comedy sketch about toilet paper for the annual talent show and I got hooked on audience laughter after that. Then my sister and I did a duo at a club in Washington D.C. where we were supposed to sing but fought so much on stage that we got laughs. Then we moved to Paris and did another disastrous act called The Swing Sisters. The act was comedy and singing but the singing was so bad we got booed off the stage at the Paris Jazz Festival. I took up full time standup in New York. Without my sister. Then I moved to Los Angeles where I continued a long tradition of having friends with better careers. I’ve stopped singing.
WHAT WAS THE GREATEST MOMENT IN YOUR CAREER?
THE PROUDEST MOMENT IN MY LIFE: Entertaining the troops.
CAN YOU SHARE ONE THAT WASN’T SO GREAT AND HOW YOU HANDLED IT?
WHAT WAS THE WORST MOMENT IN MY CAREER: Losing on Starsearch while my Dad was in the audience. When I saw the tape of the show they’d edited out my two biggest jokes. My poor Dad was so upset. He kept saying, “I don’t understand; I don’t know how you lost.” It was a big heartbreak for me, not that I lost, but that my Dad was so upset. Imagine if he knew I found his porn collection.
YOU ARE A ROLE MODEL FOR WOMEN IN COMEDY. I KNOW IT WAS A STRUGGLE FOR ANY WOMAN WHEN YOU STARTED, HAS IT CHANGED OR IS IT STILL A DIFFICULT WORLD FOR WOMEN?
WOMEN IN COMEDY: It used to be a lot harder to get started in standup than it is now. When I began in the 80’s there were about 20 of us in all of New York. Now there are 20 in my living room alone. Today there are hundreds of women in standup. I’m happy for them. Not really.
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