Selena Coppock – The New Rules for Blondes

Selena Coppock
Selena Coppock

YS) The book is The New Rules for Blondes – what are the old rules and what brought about the ones?

SC) In the opening of the book I talk about the “old rules” of blondeness in that the Madonna/whore dynamic was often at play. A blonde woman was either a naive simpleton (such as Sandra Dee) or an unrepentant sexpot (a la Marilyn Monroe) and all blondes were forced into one of those two categories. New rules for blondes are important today because things have changed and blondes have evolved. Just look at bold blondes such as Lady Gaga (naturally a brunette but most often seen with blonde hair now) and Hillary Clinton–blondes are killing it in politics, entertainment, and elsewhere, so I wanted to map out a new pathway for all of us.

YS) You’re a blonde stand-up comic, do you feel you get treated differently by audiences and do you find yourself fighting the stereotype?

SC) I do feel like I often fight the stereotype and I love it. Sometimes when I get on stage at a standup show I can almost feel the audience making certain assumptions about me. I have bright blonde hair and a lot of energy (I’m quite a firecracker on stage) and I love flouting the stereotypes and being much more interesting and intelligent than I think people assume I will be.

YS) Can you talk about the collaborative effort that went into this book? what was it like compiling stories and putting together the narrative?

SC) The New Rules for Blondes is a collection of humorous essays that are all written by me, but I have a few chapters for which I reached out to blonde friends and family for their input and experiences. One chapter is about my blonde mentor, my lovely mother, and her experiences with blondeness and hair color catastrophes during the 1960s and it was so fun to discuss hair with my mother. For another chapter I gathered some true blonde confessions from my light haired pals and that was so great–they each had hilarious, crazy hair color stories and that whole chapter is so much fun. Gathering those stories from friends and compiling them, plus writing all of the essays in the book was a lot of work but it has been so exciting and rewarding.

YS) What’s the most rewarding thing about being blonde?

SC) The way that you can morph and change. Hair color experimentation is so much fun and anyone can do it, but as a blonde it’s so easy to throw on some high lights or low lights and change up your look. I just got some light, springtime high lights and it has made me so happy. Plus, now that I have a blonde book coming out I feel that I must have great hair 24/7. So much pressure!

YS) When is the book release?

SC) You can celebrate with me at my launch party on Tuesday April 23rd at Littlefield in Gowanus Brooklyn (622 Degraw Street between 3rd & 4th Avenues). Doors at 7:30, show at 8pm. It’s a free party with a few hundred dollars of open bar, plus a dance performance, a live reading by me, and free dessert (in the form of blondies). More info here.

Finally, you can pre-order the book here.

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David Cross with Michael Cera at 92Y

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Photo By Peter Ash Lee

At approximately 8:03pm on Wednesday night at the 92Y, Michael ‘Scott Pilgrim’ Cera strolled onstage to begin his interrogation of David Cross. Cera is a gaunt figure who should probably eat a hamburger at some point, but maybe he knows if he does that he’ll never work again. He had his sweater in hand, gracefully took his seat and introduced David Cross. A job well done, could the Tonight Show be next?

Cera and Cross, co-stars on Arrested Development, were in town to discuss Cross’s upcoming projects: the aforementioned ‘AD’ movie as well as ‘It’s A Disaster,’ which had its premiere at the 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival and opens in theaters April 12th. Cera has a laid back, therapeutic style, which lends itself to an entertaining interview, especially with someone with the bitterness of David Cross.

The interview began with some reflections on what got them there for the event and segued into David’s upbringing and his first stints in comedy. For people who didn’t know, Cross was born in Atlanta and then subsequently traveled the country from state to state until he was 10 years old, when his family again settled in Roswell, GA. Cross didn’t delve too much into the time frame of his comedy growth, but he did make a point of explaining how he didn’t fit the mold of the 80’s comedy scene. He was doing experimental comedy where there was nothing implicitly funny about the material except in the character that he was presenting it as. Cross does a surprising good impersonation of a mentally retarded, much to the delight of the audience.

The conversation moved on to Cross’s brief and possibly ongoing feuds with Larry The Cable Guy and Jim Belushi. His Cable Guy feud I knew about, the one with Jim Belushi I did not, but he avoided the discussion, saying it was in his book. The internet, however, did not avoid the discussion, so I looked it up to see what the deal was. Needless to say, doesn’t seem like that much of a feud, but Cross clearly holds disdain for Belushi, despite the audience having a lukewarm response to this sentiment.

You get the sense that Cross has a deep sense of bitterness towards most of the entertainment industry and is not afraid to name names. He went on to mention producer Karen Rosenfelt, Spencer Pratt, and Heidi Montag as other personas he would not share an elevator with. I like Cross’s irreverent sense of humor as it applies to shows like ‘Mr. Show’ and ‘Arrested Development’ – he’s the entertaining bratty kid who doesn’t really care if you don’t like his humor. As he eloquently stated (paraphrasing) ‘When you’re 20 years old and performing in Rutland,VT to a crowd of one woman, you’re just there to do jokes and you don’t really give a shit about anything else.’

Cross and Cera wrapped up the evening with a few tales from his earlier with in ‘Cross Comedy’ followed by a jovial Q&A with the audience. (Note to audience members: never try and outwit a comic, they will win every time – and 400 people will laugh at you).

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‘So You Think You Can Roast’ Finals

‘So You Think You Can Roast’ Finals
The Friar’s Club Roast of Dennis Rodman
Friday, March 15, 2013

In a night that brought together celebrities and athletes to poke fun at their friend Dennis Rodman, the event was nothing short of a raucous celebration of a man whose persona and public image precedes him.

Rodman, clad in a flamboyant plaid sports coat, sparkly-silver sequined top and gold-colored velour pants, took it on the chin with many of the night’s jokes referencing his recent adventures overseas.

The roasters had more than enough fodder from the former NBA star’s career to grill him with, with gems like: “Dennis got pulled over a few years ago by the police. It was the first time ever he got 3 points in one night!”

As roastmaster, John Salley was exceptional – he kept the night moving as roaster after roaster took their turn to skewer their good friend and colleague.

Just before Rodman took his turn to speak, one roaster chimed in: “Hold on, The United Nations is like 12 blocks away… can we get some translation headphones so everyone can understand what he’s saying?!”

In the end, it was Rodman that left the crowd speechless when he choked up and delivered a tear-jerking, emotional ‘thank you’ to all the roasters. An inaudible Rodman continued before being interrupted by Salley who was nearby to help him translate by saying: “Thank you for coming! Make sure you all tip your waiters.”

Photos Courtesy of David Alan Kogut/Friars Club

Dennis Rodman on the red carpet
Dennis Rodman with Claudia Jordan
John Salley in a blazer
John Salley
Dennis and company
Dennis Rodman with comedians Mike Morse, Alex Forstenhausler and Nick ‘Fitzy’ Stevens
John and Dennis
John and Dennis onstage
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