Sisterhood of the travelling punchlines
We catch up with Jayne Eastwood and her touring troupe of
witty women (plus a guy), just in time for Mother’s Day —
Women Fully Clothed plays Massey Hall May 7
THE WISE ONE
This comedy show is about women and the challenges of careers and family. Is there something there for men as well?
We love men. We’re not bitter. Our humour is really about people — and we don’t talk about personal parts.
You’re known as the grand dame of Canadian comedy. What’s the key to being a dame, and especially a grand one?
I am so not a grand dame. People just think that because I have a deep voice and I’ve been around for a hundred years.
What life advice have you passed on to your co-stars?
Nicotine prevents Alzheimer’s.
THE SHORT ONE
Your most outrageous Eddie Murphy memory from your SNL days:
This polite, unassuming, genuinely funny 19-year-old telling me he wanted to be as big as Elvis.
You went to high school with Catherine O'Hara. Describe your high-school selves.
Nerdy cheerleaders who used to smoke in my mom’s red 1967 Ford Cougar at lunch.
The most surprising reaction to one of your jokes?
Laughter? Oh, and someone threw a potato at me at Second City.
THE TALL ONE
How much of the show is improv?
Depends on if one of us blanks on a line.
If you ladies got in a scrap, who would win?
Kathy. She’s petite, but she can go. She’s in a gang of moms. Terrifying.
If the Barenaked Ladies came to watch the show, what would happen?
Well, they wouldn’t have to wait in line for the washroom. The men’s toilet is always available at our shows. And they’d probably laugh really hard.
DIRECTOR JOHN HEMPHILL
You’re a man, correct?
Does that lead to difficulties given the subject matter?
No. I don’t know what I’m talkin’ about half the time anyway.
Directing these four ladies is like…
being seventeen and out of debt.
You worked at SCTV. Your favourite John Candy memory?
Two words … Dr. Tongue!
The funniest thing you’ve seen during a WFC show?
Desperate women taking over the men’s washroom and not giving it up.
THE BUSY ONE
Has Drew Carey gone all Hollywood since he took over The Price Is Right?
I was breastfeeding three minutes after Whose Line ended, and I haven’t looked up since. Drew is hosting Price Is Right? What else is happening? Who’s our prime minister?
What’s your perfect Mother’s Day?
Seeing how excited my daughters are as they make sure I have a special day … until 9 a.m. when I start the laundry, cooking and lugging crap up the stairs.