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Fill us in on what you've been up to since your season of LCS ended?
Since LCS ended I've been a bit of a celebrity in my home country Canada!! Sort of a hero's welcome if you will!! I won the Best Female Standup at the 2007 Canadian Comedy Awards and the city I live in, Toronto, voted my comedy show as the best of the year!! And I just got back from performing on the Barenaked Ladies cruise, "Ships and Dip"! I'm also travelling more than I ever have and am really excited about performing at clubs throughout the U.S. Thus far, I've been to Denver, Ohio and Louisville, Kentucky and in March I'm taping an episode of Live at Gotham in New York City!!!
How did LCS change your life?
LCS really gave me the opportunity to garner more fans on a wider scale! Every city I visit there's someone who recognizes me (clearly, clever people are tuning in!!) and it's the best PR I could have asked for! And now I have a lot of friends on MySpace and Facebook! www.debradg.com
What's it like being on the road? Is being a professional comic all it's cracked up to be? No pun intended.
Honestly, it's not that glamorous!! You fly in, perform up to nine shows in four days sometimes and then fly home. Except for the actual standup show, it's kinda boring!! I spend most of my time alone… oh, wait – is that just me??
Tell us a funny LCS story that fans never got to see happen on air?
During the taping of LCS, there was an Adult Entertainment Conference being held at the hotel we were staying at. We were surrounded by pornstars and sex accessories!! Now, this next part might be too blue!!! But one day, a few of us finalists were waiting for our bus in the hotel parking lot when a woman from the porn convention somehow convinced me to sit on her Harley Davidson lowrider, soft tail motorcycle. Once I was seated, she flipped a switch that activated a "toy" in the bike's seat. I was very glad that cameras weren't rolling!!
Any parting words of advice to would-be comedians?
I give the same advice to anyone who is thinking of doing comedy: get on stage. I think it's important to perform as much as possible all the time; it's how we get good/better and how we find "our voice." I need to be on stage at least three times a week, but prefer five or six shows weekly… of course, I don't have much else to do!!! ;)