Stand-up comic Charlene Mae has wanted to perform in Park City after she saw a show at the Egyptian Theatre last year. Mae, who is know for her TV
Stand-up comic Charlene Mae has wanted to perform in Park City after she saw a show at the Egyptian Theatre last year. Mae, who is know for her TV appearances on Rules of Engagement, Baby Daddy and See Dad Run, said she is most comfortable doing stand-up. Photo courtesy of Charlene Mae.

Charlene Mae has been a social worker in a nursing home, a flight attendant and a winner of America's Funniest Videos for a video that showed her and her then-husband washing their cat.

She is a regular on CBS's "Rules of Engagement," and has appeared on ABC Family's "Baby Daddy" and the Scott Baio sitcom, "See Dad Run."

In addition, she has appeared on the Disney Channel's "Jesse," "LabRats" and "Mike and Molly."

However, she said, there is nothing like her regular gig as a stand-up comic, which she started doing when she was in elementary school.

"When I was 8 or 9, it was so much fun to tell a story and make the kids in my class laugh," said Mae, who will bring her energetic comedy to the Egyptian Theatre on Friday, Nov. 1, and Saturday, Nov. 2. "That was the only thing I knew I was good at, because I was horrible at math and had no attention span."

Mae, who called The Park Record from her home in Los Angeles, said she didn't know she had a form of dyslexia that especially affected how she looked at numbers.

"I just thought I was an idiot because school was such a struggle for me," Mae said. "But my teacher was great and would always let me get up and tell a story before we started math."

At that same time, Robin Williams, who was starring in the TV sitcom "Mork and Mindy," fed Mae's need for comedy.

"I love Robin Williams," she said. "The kind of energy he had was the kind of energy I had when I would tell my stories.

"So when I saw him, I said, 'I want to do that.'" Mae said. "I wanted to be a silly alien."

To chase her dream, Mae took things into her own hands.

"I grew up in Boston so I didn't have the type of parents who were going to do everything for me," Mae said laughing. "So even before I graduated high school, I was taking the train into town and working at the Comedy Connection taking tickets."

Mae noticed all the comedians who performed at the club were very Bostonian, meaning they were very intimidating .

"Just thinking about doing comedy among them was daunting to me," she said. "But I eventually did it after working behind the scenes and watching them perform their shows."

After moving to Georgia, Mae embarked fully on a comedy career.

"I did it for seven years as a road comic," she said. "I got paid for it and was put up in a motel."

How things have changed, Mae said.

"It's harder, now, and the pay isn't as good," she explained. "You really need to work at it every day, all the time, and it takes a lot of perseverance and tenacity.

"In some places you don't even get paid and you have to pay for your own hotel," Mae said. "I mean, I made more money when I was 11, and still constantly think I should probably get a newspaper route."

Still, there is nothing like getting the laughs and applause during a show.

"You have to be your own cheerleader and also realize that there will be good nights and bad nights," she said. "But you get the laughs and that is so great."

The tenacity has paid off for Mae.

In 2012 she was asked to perform at the Women in Comedy Festival in Boston and was then asked back the year.

"When they asked me to perform, I was like 'Wow' because Boston is where this whole thing started," Mae said. "I was actually kind of scared, but I did a great show -- better than I had done anywhere."

The comedian said her Boston attitude helped her connect with the audience.

"I mean, no one in my family can be serious," she said. "I could tell them I have cancer and they would tell me how hilarious I am.

"So there is something, and my sarcasm just clicks there and I can definitely do the material that deals with my family," Mae said.

Last August, Mae won first place at the Clean Comedy Challenge that was held in Bryant, Ind.

"I first did the competition in 2012 and talked about my divorce and how my husband had cheated on me," she said. "I said I didn't know how many 'Care Bear whores' are out there and the judges disqualified me.

"So I went back this year, determined not to say 'whore,' and I won," Mae said.

The experience validated Mae because she had performed two weeks earlier at the Great American Comedy Festival at the Johnny Carson Theatre in Norfolk, Neb.

"Justin Fennel was a judge and I didn't even place in the Top 20," she said. "But he saw me at the Clean Comic Challenge, and told me that I nailed it."

Mae has wanted to perform in Park City ever since she skied at Deer Valley last year.

"I went to one of the comedy shows at the Egyptian Theatre and loved it," she said. "I loved the energy of the audience and it looked like a fun gig. So I'm very happy."

Charlene Mae and fellow comedian Scott Long will perform at the Egyptian Theatre, 328 Main St., on Friday, Nov. 1, and Saturday, Nov. 2. Both performances will begin at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $19 to $32 and are available by visiting www.parkcityshows.com.