Why will YOU be the Last Comic Standing?
I think I will be the Last Comic Standing because I am a tough, crazy Russian woman and I've spent most of my life in Brooklyn telling jokes to drunk relatives half-asleep on park benches. I figure if I can overcome that, I can do anything.
Watching my three-year-old kid parading around the house in my 4-inch stiletto heels as she bosses my husband around and helps me write my comedy act.
What comedians do you admire and why?
I admire Joan Rivers because of her sassy brand of humor and fearless nature when it comes to telling it like it is. I'm actually not sure if she is, in fact, fearless or plain crazy, but I just don't care! Also, I don't mind telling you that when I read her book, "Enter Talking", I was moved. I found we had so much in common…both of us from Russian immigrant parents, struggles with family, weight, etc. Yet we both have that tenacious drive that gets you where you want to be.
I also admire Roseanne and her many faces over the years. The heavy/skinny versions; the crazy/nice/crazy/nice/crazy one; the before/after Kabbalah; the frumpy/glam versions; the poor/rich versions.
Who do see as your biggest competition?
Gabriel Iglesias. I call him the quiet storm.
What's the worst job you've ever had?
Cleaning my husband's under garments!!