May 22, 2019
Carole Montgomery is 61, and she won’t hesitate to mention her age onstage. That is somewhat unusual in an industry obsessed with youth. But Montgomery is proud of her age. She has been doing comedy for roughly forty years, slugging it out in the clubs and balancing stand-up and family. She <a href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/jerylbrunner/2019/03/17/women-of-a-certain-age-star-in-a-showtime-comedy-special/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">told Forbes online</a> she once had to leave her baby son with a bouncer while she did her set, and found the bouncer rocking him in his car seat afterwards, afraid to pick him up to comfort him.
That’s part of the experience of the comedians on the Funny Women of a Certain Age tour Montgomery has been producing for the past couple of years, which led to a Showtime special of the same name with Montgomery, Fran Drescher, Vanessa Hollingshead, Kerri Louis, Lynne Koplitz, and Luenell that premiered in March. I sat down with her when she came to Laugh Boston for a local edition of the tour, along with Boston comedians Christine Hurley and Andrea Henry.
Christine Hurley has played the Comics Come Home benefit at the TD Garden with local luminaries like Lenny Clarke, with whom she frequently shares a bill, and Denis Leary. Andrea Henry was on Nickelodeon’s Search For America’s Funniest Mom, co-wrote the book <em>Real Kids Jokes By Real Stand-up Comics</em> with <a href="http://nickzaino.com/departmentoftangents/2018/07/20/dot-ep66-comedian-myq-kaplan-plus-new-music-from-the-rails/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Myq Kaplan</a>, and writes short films. Part of what makes this show so funny is the fact that, while all the comedians might have some shared experiences, their perspectives are all different. You’ll get a taste of that in the following interview, taped in the Green Room of Laugh Boston after the show.
You can find the <em>Funny Women of a Certain Age</em> special on Showtime and find out more about the tour on Twitter under <a href="https://twitter.com/woacacomedy" rel="noopener" target="_blank">@woacacomedy</a> and on the tour’s webpage at <a href="http://www.womenofacertainagecomedy.com/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">funnywomenofacertainage.com</a>. You can find Montgomery at <a href="http://www.carolemontgomery.com/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">carolemontgomery.com</a> and on Twitter under <a href="https://twitter.com/nationalmom" rel="noopener" target="_blank">@nationalmom</a>, Hurley at <a href="http://christinehurleycomedy.com/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">christinehurleycomedy.com</a> and on Twitter under <a href="https://twitter.com/churleycomedy?lang=en" rel="noopener" target="_blank">@churleycomedy</a>, and find Andrea Henry at <a href="https://andreahenrycomedy.weebly.com/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">andreahenrycomedy.weebly.com</a>.
Our featured track this week comes from Lucette, and it’s the title track from her latest album, Deluxe Hotel Room, which is available wherever you can get good music as of May 17. I first got the chance to see Lucette when she was opening up for <a href="http://nickzaino.com/departmentoftangents/2016/11/30/dot-podcast-ep16-alejandro-escovedo-burns-something-beautiful/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Alejandro Escovedo</a> in Portsmouth, New Hampshire at The Music Hall’s more intimate blackbox room. She played an exquisite solo set on piano supporting her 2014 debut album, Black Is the Color, which was produced by <a href="http://nickzaino.com/departmentoftangents/2016/04/01/department-of-tangents-podcast-ep-3-producer-dave-cobb-music-from-morgane-stapleton-with-chris-stapleton/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Dave Cobb</a>. I’ve been looking forward to her follow-up ever since. It turns out the past four years have been a fairly dark period in her life, and that’s what the album is about. She mentions on Facebook that this track is a bit of a Rosetta Stone for the rest of the songs. “The title track itself pretty much encapsulates it all,” she writes, “it explains the past 4 or so years for me, and explains a lot of where the other songs came from.”
She wrote it in Toronto, where she was put up for a gig in a hotel room she couldn’t have afforded on her own, with a “massive deposit” on her credit card. She started humming, and then writing that song in that hotel room about how the experience made her feel small. <a href="http://nickzaino.com/departmentoftangents/2016/04/15/new-release-roundup-4152016/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Sturgill Simpson</a> produced, and you can hear Lucette expanding her palette of sounds. You can hear the full album on Spotify, or <a href="http://www.lucettemusic.net/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">find out more about it and Lucette’s upcoming tour dates on lucettemusic.net</a>.