Hailing from the mean streets of Minneapolis, Minnesota comes a special breed of stand-up comedienne. An extreme comedienne, if you will. So please, if you will help in welcoming to the Funny Title Here Dome, Extreme Maggie herself, Maggie Faris. And if you doubt her extremity, just look at that photo. That’s Maggie, in a bathing suit, with a camera attached to her helmet. And it looks quite cold. So, please dear reader, if you still doubt her extremeness, just remember, it looks extreme. And maybe after this interview, you will be convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt of her extremity. Or extremeocity in this case.
Paolo: As Extreme Maggie, are there any extremes of extremity that you won’t do?
Maggie: I don’t like to eat gross stuff. I was dared to do the “chug a gallon of milk” challenge and I wouldn’t do it.
Paolo: How did you get into comedy?
Maggie: Almost a decade ago, my sister triple dog dared me to do it while she was a waitress at a comedy club and I’ve been hooked ever since.
Paolo: Who are your comedic influences?
Maggie: I love when people take chances, or people who are very original. I would say I am a big fan of Amy Sedaris, Lenny Bruce, Bill Hicks, Maria Bamford, Kathleen Madigan, Lewis Black, Roseanne, Mitch Hedberg, and Carol Burnett. They all seem so fearless.
Paolo: What was the absolute worst show you ever had?
Maggie: I remember some show I did the first few months after I stated comedy. Some ladies in the front row wouldn’t stop talking and no matter what I said they would not shut their fat faces. I had no idea how to handle it so I left in the middle of my set and went backstage and cried. It was awkward for EVERYONE. I have since learned how to handle it and haven’t bailed since, no matter how bad the show has been going.
Paolo: Just what makes your triple-dog-dare different from any type of dare out there in the market today?
Maggie: The helmet cam. Name one other fat lesbian comic who accepts triple dog dares with a helmet cam.
Paolo: With Mixed Martial Arts being your third secret love (according to your website, do you have any picks for the upcoming UFC 94?
Maggie: I can’t wait for George St. Pierre to fight B.J. Penn . I think B.J. wants revenge and will train his little Hilo ass off to get it. He lost to St. Pierre by such a slight margin the first time. They are both such strong fighters and seem so well matched. It is sure to be an exciting fight and I know Penn would love to take home two different belts but I have to give the edge to St. Pierre. I just think he is a bit stronger and more athletic than Penn. The only way Penn can win is if he sneaks in a sly submission on the ground. I like Stephan Bonner against Jones. I think cousins Karo Parisyan and Manvil, “the anvil” Gamburyan are gonna be psyched up for victory. Machida will pull off a win as well as John Fitch. He is looking pretty sweet right now. I hope Nate Diaz will crush “the carpernter,” Clay Guida. I hate Clay Guida. Sure he has a lot of heart and is very aggressive but get your hair cut! Be a professional. If there is a chance you aren’t gonna see a punch cause you have your crazy Fabio hair in the way, either pull it back or get it cut. Plus I love to give the edge to any fighter who talks all sissified Mike Tyson-like. Nate Diaz has one of the girliest voices I know of, but is one tough fighter who will never give up. Don’t tell anyone I love MMA ok?
Paolo: And lastly, do you have any words for your adoring fans out there?
Maggie: Thank you, to both of you. I really love stand-up comedy and I20can’t do it without an audience, so thanks to everyone who gets out of the house to go and see a live show.