Q&A with comedy headliner Debbie Lockhart
Stand-up comedy returns to The Egyptian Theatre tonight, June 5, at 8:30 p.m. Local laugh artist Kathleen McCann will emcee with opening act Tim Chizmar and headliner Debbie Lockhart.
Lockhart’s career took off 10 years ago when she showcased at the world-famous Hollywood Improv. In the past several years, she has headlined two military tours and appeared in various comedy competitions, "Comics Unleashed" and the feature film "The People vs. Larry Flynt."
Below, she shares what gets her high, her secret passion for dancing, and why her sixth-grade teacher deserved to be the butt of a joke.
Tickets for tonight’s show are $15 in advance, $18 at the door, and $20 for cabaret tables. For tickets, call 435-649-9371 or visit http://www.parkcityshows.com . For more about the comedians, visit http://www.debbielockhart.com and http://www.myspace.com/timchizmarproductions.
What is your earliest memory of making people laugh?
I started entertaining when I was four years old as a tap and jazz dancer. I became addicted to attention and applause at a young age. It wasn’t until high school that I became a laugh addict. I was forced by my mom to go to a private high school because the public school system where I grew up, Hayward, Calif. pronounced "Hey, worrrrd!" by locals, was a bit on the "ghetto side." Even though I made the frosh cheer team my freshman year, I was an outsider. I felt different from the rest of my private school-bred squad mates. They had this special bond that I knew I’d never have. So, instead of fighting to "fit in," I fought to "stand out." I would make up weird dance movements and improper chants to the basic cheers we’d learn, then perform them during actual games… no one really came to those frosh football games, so I was really just performing for my squad. I think that’s when I fell in love with making people laugh. I got, and still get, a super high from it.
When people come up to you and ask to hear a joke, what do you say?
I tell them they can hear all of them, at my show!
What would you be doing if you weren t a comedian?
Dancing. I would have been a Solid Gold Dancer on, "Solid Gold," then a Fly Girl on, "In Living Color." Does anyone remember either of those shows? Then "Flashdance," "Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo," "Honey," "Step Up" ultimately I’d be an instructor on "Dancing With The Stars."
Has joking about someone you know ever gotten you into trouble?
Yes, my sixth-grade teacher, Mr. Swartz. He actually called my mom to tell her I was a "troublemaker." Whatever! He had a boogie in his mustache and someone had to tell him.
What s the best thing about being a comedian?
Being able to make people laugh, smile, and forget about life for a while. Oh, and being asked to autograph a person’s chest.
What s the most challenging thing about being a comedian?
Not being able to get someone to laugh, smile or forget about the argument they had with their neighbor earlier that day for mowing their lawn at 7 a.m. on a holiday weekend.
How would you rate your act?
"PG-17" Or do you mean on a scale from 1-10? "17"
What are your career goals?
To be a household name, always make people laugh and never age.
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