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.