Exclusive: Bridget Everett on Travel, Booze, Broadway, and the Secret of Success

Literally big and bawdy—over six feet tall, Rubenesque, braless with a glass of chardonnay in hand— Bridget Everett (www.bridgeteverett.net) is a beloved NYC cabaret star with a major gay following thanks to her trademark cocktail of song, filthy storytelling, and audience interaction. Yet 2017 saw her profile boost nationally thanks to Patti Cakes$, which played both the Sundance and Cannes Film Festivals. Everett portrayed Barb, the alcoholic, bitter single mother of an aspiring New Jersey rapper, Patti. Everett also provided a more lighthearted, comedic turn in Fun Mom Dinner, alongside Toni Colette and Molly Shannon, and headed up an original, semi-autobiographical Amazon series pilot, Love You More.

Born in Manhattan, Kansas, Everett first landed on the map over a decade ago with regular engagements at NYC’s Joe’s Pub. Since then, the 45-year-old (her mantra, which she attributes to LL Cool J, is “DDHD”: dreams don’t have deadlines) has appeared at Carnegie Hall with Patti LuPone; in films Sex and the CityGayby, and Trainwreck; and a handful of albums, including one with her band, The Tender Moments (which includes former Beastie Boy, Adam Horovitz). Fans of Amy Schumer’s Comedy Central series also know Everett through memorable performances of raunchy ballads including “What I Gotta Do (To Get That Dick In My Mouth).” Here in the VIP Lounge she proved just as wonderfully unexpurgated.

What is the most insane alt-cabaret or karaoke act you’ve seen while traveling?
Oh my God. I have so many favorites. You have to see Christeene out of Austin, Texas. She also performs elsewhere. It’s just this bold, in the best way, punk-rock cabaret mash-up that’s mind-bending and extreme. I’ve done a lot of crazy shit on stage, but I feel like I’ve got a lot to learn after I leave a Christeene show.

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