At first glance Jewish former meth-head Amy Dresner seems like a mean girl, but when you hear her material, you realize she's just telling the truth, some of it unpleasant. Although she probably is a mean girl.
LAW : You are supremely hilarious. Why aren't you more famous?
Too many comics. Tough to break through. But some are dying every day. I feel hopeful.
Has anyone told you you're too attractive to be a stand-up comic?
No, and not to worry. I've only been doing this for a few years, but in that time I've gotten a lot uglier.
You're in recovery — were you fun to be around when you were high, or were you one of those depressed types?
No idea. I was having fun and I was so high that I didn't give a shit about anybody else.
You talk about some pretty heavy stuff — recovery, seizures, drug abuse. Do agents and TV people tell you to clean up your act?
Clean up my act? I don't clean up anything. I was raised with maids. Sorry. The bottom line is I don't want people to be ashamed of their drug problems, their recovery, their epilepsy, their mental illness or their fat husbands, so I publicly embrace mine. There was a time when I was a golden girl from an upper-middle-class family in Hollywood who never thought that any of “that stuff” would become a part of my story.
How many rock T-shirts are too many?
One more. I'm starting to wear T-shirts of bands I don't like or don't even know their music. And then I feel like a total jackass when somebody comes up and is, like, “Dead Moon. I love them. Saw them in Portland. “What's your favorite song?”
What did you do when you worked at the L.A. Weekly?
I interned as assistant to the arts editor for a summer. I was 18. I'm still dodging artists I pissed off.
Where do you go to be alone?
I'm never alone. I live in a one-bedroom condo with a husky husband, a hyper dog and a dirty cat called the Fat Man. It's just less than 200 sq. ft. per asshole.
Why does the gay and lesbian crowd love you so much?
I think because I'm so self-effacing and I flip classic gender roles. It's usually the man complaining that his wife is fat and that he doesn't get enough sex. It's rare for the woman to be talking about that. And I'm very aggressive with my sexuality, just stupidly honest. They appreciate all of that.
If you had a sitcom about your life, what would it be called and what would it be about? It would be called Taming Amy, and it would be a modern-day mix of I Love Lucy meets My Fair Lady. You know, attempts by my husband and friends to get me to be socially appropriate and ladylike while despite my best intentions, I constantly find myself in awkward, embarrassing situations.
Wed., Sept. 8, 9 p.m.; Sat., Sept. 25, 9 p.m., 2010
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