CRYSTAL BAY, Nev. — Q: Have you performed at Tahoe before? Meredith: Yeah, I have worked in Tahoe. I was a woman. I was a topless dancer at the time. It’s a long story. I’m kidding. I have worked at Reno, but not Crystal Bay. I learned that Reno is an Indian word meaning Mayberry. Q: How would you describe your show? Meredith: Funny. I do standup. Talking impressions, singing impressions, very physical. It’s pretty high-energy. I don’t take no prisoners. Q: Who are yourinfluences? Meredith: My comedy influences are George Carlin, Johnny Carson and Jonathan Winters. Those are the guys I was always fascinated with since I was very young. Q: Those are historic comedians. How has the craft changed over the years, or has it? Meredith: It has changed because people got hipper and smarter with the Internet. But touching your crowd and beginning, middle and a punchline are same that they always were, and that got lost for a long time, especially from the late ‘90s up until three or four years ago. There’s a bunch of young comics who are really good. I worked a crowd last week in the incredible metropolis of Winnemucca, Nevada. I saw fewer teeth than a prison dentist, and the average age was probably 26, 27, and we just had a great time. And the night before I had done a show and the average of that crowd was probably 60. So that’s kind of my thing — have something for everybody. Q: You have to respect those who lose their teeth the old-fashioned way. Meredith: Yeah, when you think about it, 60, 70, 80 is not that old anymore. The Rolling Stones are 70. Their groupies have fallen and they can’t get up. They used to be rockers and now they’re sitting in them. Q: Is it a rush when you make somebody laugh? Meredith: A rush is a Victoria Secret’s model waiting off stage who just left you. No, it’s a tremendous feeling, and you know you’ve done your job. That’s why you’re here. Q: On the other side of the coin, have you ever bombed and heard crickets. Meredith: I haven’t heard crickets but I have heard vegetables. Q: How long have you been doing this? Meredith: About three-and-a-half weeks. Q: Where do you live? Meredith: I have dual residences. Palm Springs and the East Bay, San Ramon. I love it. I go into San Francisco and take in the sights just like any tourist. It never gets old. Q: When I called earlier you were golfing. How is your golf game? Meredith: Can we talk about San Francisco again? Q: How do entertainers like yourself manage to keep their hair? Meredith: Fortunately there are surgical processes these days. I’ve had more color put in my hair than Baskin Robbins’ flavors. Q: Thank you for your time, Rex. Meredith: Thank you for not making me tell my life story. It’s just ugly as (blank).
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