Comedian tries to shake her way out of a sofa job via newspaper ad and letters delivered to comedian’s doorsteps
Michelle Buteau’s paying a babysitter so she can make you laugh
A comedian has turned her life’s work into a sitcom, albeit one with a touch of spontaneity. Michelle Buteau has tried to shake her way out of a sofa job so she can make people laugh.
Writing on her blog, called Sneaky Job, the Illinois-based comic said she did not expect to stand a chance in the competitive world of standup comedy. However, a small ruse worked.
The comic – who is best known for her comedy about cancer – wrote: “Today, I found a babysitter who isn’t working today – so I said goodbye to my husband and showed up at my parents’ home, and they say I’m here, and they throw me a huge hoorah, and I’m like ‘OK, this is the day’s work.’”
She then attempted to take part in a Q&A session after a doorstop interview by sending the two-minute video of her performance to three carers, who turned up carrying change for cash and postcards, offering to work for free.
In her blog, she wrote: “I said I needed money to make myself laugh and then I listed jobs that nobody does, and then of course gave them money.”
Buteau said: “When I said I needed money to make myself laugh, they said they were available. I honestly thought these two jobs were a coincidence, but like really? You’re so kind and generous that you’re going to give me money? Are you serious? I’m still processing this.”
One carer came along just to see the comedian. “Her name is Nicole and she opened the door and I’m like, ‘Oh, Nicole is here to ask if you’re still hiring people?’ I was like, ‘She is. No, no, no.’ She’s like, ‘All right, Nicole, I’m here to ask you if you’re still hiring people.’ And I said, ‘Oh my God.’ I just looked at her. It was a total surprise.”
Buteau posted the video to her Instagram page, which has more than 549,000 followers, and then sent a group email to “hundreds of families across the country”, with the subject line: “Are you doing this today?” She published one response and received several replies.
Buteau ended up creating an audition tape for an improvisational comedy and improv workshop. “It was so close,” she wrote. “I feel like so many people, comedians, didn’t get what I got. I feel like a champion right now, just when I thought I had lost everything.”