Uproariously funny comedian, Iliza Shlesinger, is back on Netflix with her latest comedy special, “Confirmed Kills,” covering everything from the black hole of a woman’s purse to finally putting an end to our obsession with mermaids. This time around, however, the 33-year-old star is more than funny voices and side-splitting humor. Schlesinger aims to use her platform as a means of driving meaningful conversations with her audience, too. She chatted with us from her home in Los Angeles about her career beginnings and using comedy to help women.
When did you decide you wanted to do comedy professionally?
I always knew I was going to be funny for a living. Growing up in the suburbs of Dallas, I didn’t have access to comedy clubs, but I think I just got it where I could. I’d take in a lot of TV, a lot of sitcoms, a lot of sketch shows and then you find other like minded kids and you form an improv troupe. I knew I was going to be funny for a living but I didn’t know what that was going to look like.
You add a lot of physicality to your comedy. What inspires it?
It’s interesting because it’s sort of baked into our brains as Americans. We know bad guys flinch over, witches have creepy teeth and bony fingers. My body naturally forms to the idea of a cartoon I have in my mind and it comes out on stage and helps get the point across. You can use words, but the physicality of it really helps to illustrate what you’re doing and it just comes out naturally.