My 6-year-old daughter could probably tell you a lot about the comedy business, though thank God she shows no interest in it herself. She’s been to so many gigs with me, she might as well start managing my career, and in fact I joke all the time that she does. What she really wants to be when she grows up is a fashion designer (like, duh!), so I’m making her hone her chops as my stylist. Every time I have to go on TV she has the final say on which outfit I wear and what accessories I get to add to it. So far, she’s never missed the mark.
I often bring my daughter to gigs with me out of necessity, because I’m a single mother, like my friend Calise Hawkins. You’ll recognize Calise from the videos we’ve done together for NickMom, or from her appearance on Last Comic Standing, where they profiled her and her daughter, Asha. Calise has never had to bring Asha to a stand-up gig in a club, but she did bring her to an audition once – for 30 Rock. Calise told me, “I had to lay her on a blanket so I could audition. One lady held my baby, man.”
Jessica Kirson – who you can catch on The View tomorrow (Friday) morning or who you may have seen on The Tonight Show – has brought her daughter on stage a few times, and Bonnie Mcfarlane, who is married to another comedian, Rich Vos, says her daughter loves the spotlight. She told me, “Once when we were walking into Stand Up New York she turned to me and said, ‘I gotta go up, I haven’t been on stage in forever!’”
So here’s what Take Our Daughters to Work Day looks like when your job is slinging punchlines. It’s a hard knock-knock life!