An Interview with Danielle Stewart, Betabrand Model, Comedian, and Host of Sex Box on WEtv
Tell us about yourself. Who are you? What about your career are you most proud of so far?
I’m Danielle Stewart and I am (unfortunately) a stand-up comedian but I think you know that already. If you don’t, I am less important than I thought. So thanks for that.
When did you first know you were funny? Can you recall the moment and how it made you feel? Why did you choose to pursue comedy as your career?
My mother is to blame for my career pursuit in comedy. She has laughed at all of my jokes and stupid characters since the day I was born. I have always been silly but I get my adult sense of humor from her. She is hilarious and doesn’t even know it. I think the moment I realized I was funny — or at least could entertain a group of people—was in college when I was at an after hours party. It was at a nightclub I was working at and all the employees (and three “off duty” Boston cops) were drinking after the place closed. I was making fun of one of the guys there and it just took off. I had the whole place going for a good 40 minutes. It’s probably the best set I’ve ever had.
What does it mean to be a funny woman in your personal life? and in showbusiness?
No one wants to date a funny girl. Sure, guys like for you to have a good sense of humor so you can keep up with his friends and laugh at his jokes but no one — and I mean no one — wants to date a female comedian. And honestly, I don’t blame them. Most female comics are generally awful people—bitchy, self-centered, neurotic — but they are also usually wickedly smart and will tear you apart in an argument, or worse, in their act. Of course, I am not like that (smiley face). People always ask if it’s harder to be a woman in comedy and the answer is yes and no. There are less spots for women in show business so the competition is fierce — which is kind of a recipe for disaster since females are generally caddy and competitive anyway. Also, female comics are famous for being unfunny. I can’t tell you how many hundred of times I have heard “I usually hate female comedians but you were good.” And pretty much every girl I know who does stand–up has heard that same thing (if you haven’t, you should probably change careers). But for this reason, it’s easier to stand out if you are any good because you are a minority. And if you are a black, middle eastern or Indian, even better.
What is your greatest daily challenge? Reward?
Waking up. It’s never been strength of mine. I reward myself with lattes and putting together cute outfits to go get them. I know, I’m deep.
What was your experience wearing Betabrand? How does your profession echo our brand’s mantras of crowdsourcing ideas & beta testing their potential?
I loved wearing Betabrand! There is nothing better than something that is good quality, good looking and made in the USA (just like me!). And Betabrand’s mantra is exactly like stand-up comedy—material is completely crowd sourced and beta tested night after night before it eventually makes it onto my HBO comedy special, which is coming any day now—I can feel it!
What advice would you give to anyone seeking to find their own path – career, or otherwise?
Well, I guess I would always tell someone to go after their passion. It may not seem like a practical choice — in fact, it never is—but it could bring you happiness in the long run. Just know that careers are a journey and you aren’t always going to enjoy it. Although if you find yourself more miserable than not then it’s okay to get off the path and go towards something else—don’t let your ego run your life It will kill you. What I am trying to say is, don’t do stand-up.
What are you passionate about outside of comedy? What do you do on your free time?
On November 15th of this year, I will be 11 years sober and I am very dedicated to my recovery. I am passionate about helping people understand addiction and become aware of how great recovery is. Since I am a writer by nature I have been fortunate enough to combine that skill with my passion as a regular contributor to AfterPartyChat.com, a site that is dedicated to addiction and recovery. It’s been hands down the best job I have ever had. I am also pretty passionate about cuddling with my dog, Benson.
Tell us how you really feel about Rubber Chickens
I am really not into rubber chickens. In fact, I am not into rubbers at all. See how I did that? I made it sexual! But seriously, I hate condoms.
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