The last laugh will be at Crystal Bay Casino on Wednesday, when comedian Felicia Michaels headlines “Comedy Night” in the casino’s Crown Room.
Michaels first began cracking jokes around the Los Angeles comedy scene during the ‘90s.
“I started doing comedy when I was about 19 years old,” she told Lake Tahoe Action. “I pretty much started at the Comedy Store in L.A. and did that whole thing.”
Michaels won Grand Champion in a “Star Search” competition in 1991, catapulting her to national fame. She appeared on numerous television networks, in comedy specials and two episodes of the hit sitcom “Full House.” She was featured nude in a 1992 issue of Playboy, an appropriate publication for her brand of comedy.
“My comedy’s very blue and dirty, very sensual,” she said. “I was, at the time, one of the first girls to do that. I always tell everyone I was two years before Sarah Silverman, but it was two years that mattered.”
Michaels stepped away from comedy in 2001 to focus on raising two sons, but returned to comedy four years ago. She said she also felt burned out by the frenetic nature of the business in deciding to take a break.
“Comedy is a thing where it can really wear you down, everyone’s really competitive,” Michaels said. “I just got where I couldn’t be around it any more. The great thing about taking a break from it was, when I came back to it, I loved it again. That was such a tremendous feeling.”
Since returning, Michaels has been taking her comedy on tour, as well as booking a number of television spots in 2012, including Nickelodeon NickMom’s “Parental Discretion” and TV Guide Network’s “Standup in Stilettos.” She was nominated for Podcast Awards Best Comedy Podcast award for “Beauty and Da Beast”, her podcast with fellow comedian Joey Diaz.
Combining the role of naughty comedian with that of a single mother can be challenging, Michaels said. She was recently surprised by her 13-year-old son’s take on her body of work.
“I prepared my boys about three years ago. I said, ‘Look, you know, mommy tells dirty jokes, and if I was a man and doing it people wouldn’t say anything to you, but you might get kind of pestered over it from your friends, or made fun of.’ Then the other day my son came to me….he said, ‘Mom my friend thinks you’re really funny, and you told me this whole time people would make fun of me, and now people love it. They’re all Googling you. I was like, ‘Oh my gosh.’ That’s how much the world has changed in fifteen years.”