Jenny McCarthy, co-host of “The View” and a newly minted comedian, recently chatted with Boston.com about her “Dirty Sexy Funny” comedy show, which hits the Wilbur Theatre this weekend. See what the actress had to say about her Boston tour date, as well her upcoming nuptials to Donnie Wahlberg, her thoughts on Barbara Walters retirement, and more. Next
Boston.com: So you’re bringing your show to Boston and your fiancé, Donnie Wahlberg, will be joining you and the other comics at the Wilbur. Do you feel like an adopted Bostonian considering the deep roots Donnie and his family have with the city?
Jenny McCarthy: You know, I’m hoping that’s what it means. I would be honored. I feel like Chicago and Boston are two cities that you can probably say somewhat mirror each other. There’s a lot of Irish Catholic – we drink beer – and are very down to earth. So I’d love nothing more than to be considered a Bostonian. Next
Boston.com: Do you guys have anything special planned while you’re in town? A trip to see Alma perhaps?
McCarthy: I have no doubt we will be with the matriarch of the Wahlbergs. We’ll spend some quality time with her the night before just to get some family time in. Next
Boston.com: How much time have you spent with Donnie and his family?
McCarthy: Of course not as much as I would like. Everyone has got such busy schedules. But the amount that I have with them, I’m surprised we’ve been able to manage it. Probably because of the show, “Wahlburgers,” it really provided like a reason for everyone to stop what they’re doing and get together. If anything good comes out of reality shows, I’ve been witnessing one good thing, which is family coming together. Next
Boston.com: Now you have a wedding coming up and both of you are parents, is it hard balancing the upcoming nuptials with work and family life?
McCarthy: I’ve realized that there’s no such thing as balance, and if I do, it might be for five minutes. Kind of letting yourself be guilt free, or not being able to maintain that perfect kind of balance, I feel like I’m constantly seesawing it. You’re either working too much or not working. It’s really looking at what’s in front of me and staying as present as I possibly can, that’s the only way I can deal with our schedules, because it does get crazy. I mean, my schedule is busy, and I’d never met someone whose schedule is worse than mine. The fact that we’ve been able to spend as much time as we do together blows my mind and makes me realize that we were absolutely meant to be together. Next
Boston.com: Speaking of work, tell me more about your show, “Dirty Sexy Funny.” What’s your approach to coming up with material for the stage? What do you find funny?
McCarthy: I went to a comedy show three years ago, and you know how when you go to comedy nights, there’s always this one comedian that really makes you laugh? Well, I thought to myself, what if I picked four or five of the funniest chicks of each night and branded it. How fun of a night would that be? I spent – and I’m not exaggerating – three years, I went from club to club to club, writing on napkins, finding girls, auditioning them, then doing workshops, and putting it together on stage and making a live show from it. It’s turned out exactly the way I want it to be. I wanted it to be part of the show, even though I’m not a stand-up [comedian], I appreciate it, so I created these media vignettes that you see throughout the show. So not only am I emceeing the night, there’s also some really funny videos that I’ve put into the live show. Next
Boston.com: As a woman, do you find it empowering talking about these kinds of “raunchy” subjects that are featured in your show?
McCarthy: That’s a really great question and no one’s ever asked me that, so five stars for that. My answer is yes. I’ve written ten books now, and all of them have been, like, female humor, and it’s really bringing up a conversation that all women are thinking, but wouldn’t dare to kind of talk about. Once you give it a voice, like many comics do, you just feel like relieved because you realize you’re not the only one that thinks that way. So there’s kind of a relief, to me, and then with that relief comes this empowerment, because it’s all relatable. To me, the best kind of humor is the one that everyone can relate to, and that’s exactly what these women touch on.
Even though it’s a female cast, it’s not just for girls in the audience. The shows have been 50-50, which has been wonderful, because I created it to be for men and women. That’s why I threw the title “Dirty” in there because I knew that would attract the guys. Women definitely bring up things that happen in the bedroom, but the guys can laugh at, and also of course, the stuff that we pick on them about. But nothing that’s too harsh, just funny. Next
Boston.com: Now you’re no stranger to criticism for some of the views you have expressed over the years. Do you feel like you get more flack than you deserve because you are a woman who is passionate and vocal about her opinions?
McCarthy: That’s another really great question. I don’t think so, probably because I barely think of myself as one. [Laughs] I’m borderline female. But, I just feel like anyone who practices their freedom of speech is open to criticism, and that’s kind of the world you have to live in and be okay with. Next
Boston.com: Outside of the stage, you, of course, are a host on “The View.” Is it weird not having Barbara Walters on the show anymore?
McCarthy: Of course I love Barbara! I miss her very, very much. I completely respect the fact that she was the one that said I want to leave on top. So, as much as I’d like to have her there, she’s a legend and I learned so much from her, I honor the retirement that she gave herself. She deserves it. Next
Boston.com: Do you or any of the other hosts feel any pressure to sort of fill her shoes?
McCarthy: No. You know, people thought I was filling Elisabeth’s [Hasselbeck] shoes, people thought I was filling Joy’s [Behar] shoes, and the truth of the matter is, no one fills anybody’s shoes. Everyone is uniquely different. It’s a matter of the timing, personalities, making sure it’s a balanced table. There will never be a Barbara Walters replacement in the history of television. There will just be a Barbara Walters the producer, now, that will kind of carry on. Next
Boston.com: Before I let you go, what can fans expect from your show when it comes to Boston?
McCarthy: There’s some random surprises. There might be a special guest popping in. It’s different from the normal stand-up show because I get bored, I have ADD, I can’t sit there. So I make all the segments different, funny, and I fill the in-between spaces with really funny videos. Everyone that’s left the show has said, “Oh my God, it’s amazing!” So, the proof is in the reviews, and I just urge Boston to come out, support it, and give it a try. Back to the beginning
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