Welcome to our weekly Giggle Goddess question and answer session with a comediva out in the world spreading giggles like wildfire. This week, contributing editor to comedy ‘zine The Devastator Quarterly, Micki Grover, is here to dish on the trials and triumphs of bossing people around in the print, online, and comedy worlds.
1. What’s your favorite cupcake flavor?
I got major food poisoning last Valentine’s Day from an undercooked, expensive cupcake. I thought, At least I won’t ever want another cupcake in my life. That lasted about a week, so as long as they aren’t salmonella flavored, I will eat them. 2.
What or whom inspired you to pursue a career in comedy?
Making a fool of myself as a kid always seemed to work out pretty well for a gangly ginger nerd who would otherwise be constantly ridiculed. When I got to Los Angeles, I found myself surrounded by hilarious people who wanted to make careers out of being innovative, smart, and funny. I’ve been inspired by a lot of friends and comedians, especially at UCB.
3. If Chuck Norris were to corner you in an alley and challenge you to a duel, what would be your weapon of choice?
Machine gun boobs. (Also, I am a sexy robot in this fantasy.)
4. What are some challenges you’ve faced since going down the comedy track and what, in your experience, has made those obstacles worth overcoming?
Public speaking and putting my work into the universe have always been difficult for me. As much as I want these things to happen, the chemicals in my brain make me terrified when they do happen. Forcing myself to just get over it has taught me that it’s really not that hard to simply decide to make a positive change in yourself and follow through.
5. What’s the funniest thing you’ve ever heard/seen? What is my favorite cat video?
I love all videos involving talking cats, cats receiving physical therapy in pools set to R&B music, and adorable Asian kids singing “Happy Birthday” to surly fat cats.
12. What’s the difference between appealing to women and appealing to men?
I’m not even sure what the anatomical differences are!
13. What’s your favorite comedy movie or T.V. show of all time?
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and The Simpsons.
14. When you’re not immersed in the world of comedy, you’re…
…watching movies, running or hiking, drinking with friends, drinking alone, drinking in the vicinity of my feline roommates, or secretly helping other people get rich. (I’m a script consultant.)
15. What would the title of your autobiography be?
One Million Farts… and Counting.
And an excerpt from that bio:
Micki is a real live redhead from Seabrook, Texas. It’s a great place to grow up because everything is space-themed; in fact, her summer league swim practice took place in a pool shaped like a Mercury capsule. But when NASA gets old, there’s little else for kids to do but entertain themselves, and Micki did that by writing plays and short films and forcing her friends to take part in them. She now has a degree in Screenwriting from Chapman University and has been a story consultant for several years. She loves having a million projects going at once, hanging out with cats, and watching scary movies.