O68 You’re a PTA mom turned creator, comedian, and personality – what was the impetus to start posting on social media in October of 2020? For those who haven’t seen you on social media, what’s the best way to sum up your comedy?
PP We were a handful of months into the pandemic, well into the quarantine, and I had never spent so much time with my family members, who I affectionately refer to as “roommates.” Roommate #1, who I willingly tied myself to, Roommates #2 and #3 who I played an active role in making and were extracted from me, and #4 who I purchased at the local pet store! My comedy is tiny-brown-lady-relatable-humor, aided by the use of a sarcastic and jaded outlook on life.
O68 You open each reel applying lip balm while wearing your signature crown – when did that start and what’s it about?
PP At the end of my very first viral video, I put a small fancy crown-like comb onto my messy bun and declared, “I said what I said.” Followers commented I needed a bigger crown for the knowledge I just dropped and a week later I had four crowns in my PO Box waiting for me. Now it’s a thing. It makes me evil-cackle inside because I insist on recording any content as myself; messy bun, t-shirt and sweats, but then have this beautiful crown on my head. It’s all very contradictory. As for the Chapstick, I have a habit of nervously fidgeting and the Chapstick was on my desk, where I film most of my content and so I just put it on not thinking anything of it.
O68 On your reels you often “pinkysplain” where you over-explain some topic, essentially saying what other people think but are often afraid to say aloud. What is the best thing you’ve ever pinkysplained?
PP The best thing I’ve pinkysplained is the struggles women go through after an evening of nighttime shenanigans, wink wink. It was my first viral video, and the fact that so many women felt the same way made me feel validated, powerful, and invincible.
O68 You began by just doing short reels. How has the transition been to performing a full-length show? What’s your creative process for putting together a set and what can people expect from your New Crown, Who Dhis show at the Ridgefield Playhouse on March 24th?
PP When I was first approached to do stand-up, I was told that my material would translate well into a stand-up format. I’m basically doing what stand-up comedians do, which is see something in their real life and have a reaction/response to it. When I wrote my 2022 show, I took what everyone was writing in the comments section of my content – questions and such – and made a story out of my first experience/exposure to social media. For my 2023 show, I took everything that happened last year, from me doing stand-up, to how my family handled it all, and told a whole new story. I’ve always been a storyteller. It’s finally paying off.
O68 What comedians are your inspiration? If you could share the stage with another comic, who would it be?
PP I’m a lover of all things comedy as long as it’s not unnecessarily vulgar to the point that that’s all you’re talking about. I like relatable comedy, like that performed by Margret Cho, Ali Wong, Chelsea Handler, Jerry Seinfeld, Kevin Hart, Chris Rock, Jo Koy, Christina P, Tom Segura, etc… I think it would be great to share the stage with any of those comedians.•