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From Bar Stool Astronaut to Successful One Woman Show: Liz G. Recovery Comedian
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Liz G. always wanted to be a stand-up comedian and instead became a barstool astronaut. She got sober in 1992 and found gratitude and humility as she began doing comedy for both sober and “normie” crowds.

As a hella good impressionist, she enjoys doing impressions of herself high on meth aboard a bus and other hilarious, “Walk of Shame” moments any alcoholic-magical mystifying dope fiend-now coffee-sugar junkie 12 Stepper can relate to. In 2008, Liz won an impression contest personifying her favorite stand-up comic, Brian Regan

She’s even managed to laugh and help others laugh at their relationslips since she’s been married and divorced twice all while stark raving sober. Liz recounts her search for Mr. God’s Will for her which led her asking God to remove all defective characters from her life. What seemed at the time like Greek tragedy generated enough material for her one woman stand-up comedy show called Deja Wince: Lessons from a Failed Relationship Expert which ran for 23 weeks in San Francisco. Liz was also a writer for George Carlin’s Laugh.com and can be found headlining rehabs and sober places across the country and at coffee after her home group most every Friday night.

Recovery Comedy: What were you like as a kid?

Liz G.: I was a hyperactive tomboy born to two Pisces and/or hippies in the Bay Area.  I was anxious, depressed, obsessed with altering my brain chemistry and isolated.  I was a comedian. 

Recovery Comedy: What made you decide to become a stand-up comedian and how long have you been performing?

Liz G.: The first time I snuck into a comedy club I was 18 with a fake ID.  The girl's ID featured her hair shaved on the left side and mine was shaved on the right so I was super paranoid they would figure it out.  I've been performing off and on for the past however many years it is when you subtract 18 from my age now, 41.  I decided to become a stand-up comedian because when I'd listen to The Alex Bennett Show and hear all of the Bay Area comics riffing, my whole heart and soul wanted to be on air with them.

Recovery Comedy: Were you performing stand-up comedy before you got into recovery?

Liz G.: I was sober around age 20 and was working at a comedy club as a waitress.  I was certain one of the comics would discover me and help me become famous without any work on my part.  I was going to make a sexual joke here-something about how they wanted to discover me alright and have me work on their part but I've decided against it. 

The owner, Rick Fields, let me MC for a Jon Fox after hours show and I got drunk of course.    When I got sober, he let me MC for a “real show” and I ate it. The wait staff said I was so much funnier when I was drunk and this of course put me into a self-pity tail spin/spiral for oh, say several years.  Now that I look at it, I used it as an excuse to not do what is essentially very difficult; stand-up comedy.

Recovery Comedy: How has your comedy changed since you got into recovery?

Liz G.: Recovery from which addiction? :)

Recovery Comedy: Does your comedy have a message and if so what is it?

Liz G.: I have so much material that I'm actually hoarding plastic tubs of scraps of paper that have jokes on them.  My message is one of simply bearing witness to “doing the deal” rather than dreaming about being a stand-up.  When I was drinking I used to talk a big talk about me being a comedian one day which I've heard this perfectly described as being a 'bar stool astronaut'. 

Recovery Comedy: Who are your comedy idols?

Liz G.: Brian Regan, Louis CK, Dana Carvey, Robert Hawkins and Carlos Alazraqui.

Recovery Comedy: What is the difference between a recovery show and a normie show?

Liz G.: During recovery shows, the laughs go on much longer without having to warm them up.  I can feel God in the room.  The audience already loves you and wants to laugh.  I've actually gotten God Bumps (aka goose bumps) on stage during clean and sober shows.

Recovery Comedy: Where does your inspiration for material come from?

Liz G.: The little man and the little woman that live in my bra.

Recovery Comedy: What is your joke writing process?

Liz G.: Sudden flashes followed by heavy naps.  Okay, I'll get an idea and it suddenly becomes urgent to get written down somewhichway as if I'm searching for an airline receptacle bag. Then of course, I've learned to be somewhat disciplined and to get the joke structure plugged in and sweep away the spare words.  I would like to be more disciplined.  I could use life structure.  Do you know anyone who can get me some? 

Recovery Comedy: What is your kryptonite?

Liz G.: Sugar and fear of success.  I'm so sick of both I could kick their asses.

Recovery Comedy: Is comedy part of your healing process?

Liz G.: Yes, when I did my one woman show about my two, yes two failed marriages.  When I was going through the second divorce, it took everything in me to crawl to The Ladies Room open mic and just sit there.  I couldn't perform.  My comic friend Dana LoVecchio said I'd get a lot of material from it.  I remember thinking “Hell f'ing no I'm not”.  I don't know how long it took for me to regain metaphorical consciousness but I remember the jokes started flooding my brain.  I had too much material for the show and had to cut out jokes.  During the process of creating my one woman show, something miraculous must have happened because all of my shame and anger were gone by the time I handed out the first flier for my show, Deja Wince: Lessons From A Failed Relationship Expert. After the shows, women would come up to me with this bubbling gratitude for my telling the truth about my choices, proving  that our pain can be used to help others, even if to only offer hope that “this too shall pass”.  I love that saying ‘if you find yourself in hell, keep walking'.  Or as my spiritual mentor says “If you find yourself in a bucket of crap, try not to jump up and down”.

Recovery Comedy: What was your worst experience performing comedy?

Liz G.: The stinging shame of having two, yes two people in my audience during one of the performances for my one woman show.  They were lovely and I committed to my performance as if there were four people there but it showed me that getting “butts in seats” is a whole 'nuther ball park and being funny is not enough.  Oh yeah, and there was this show in Methdesto last weekend that was sucktacular.

Recovery Comedy: What was your best experience performing comedy?

Liz G.: Getting the Standing O's at the last two recovery shows I headlined.

Recovery Comedy: What is your comedy dream?

Liz G.: To be one of the greats.  There I said it.  Now I must eat some sugar and go into a midday carbohydrate coma. 

Recovery Comedy: Thanks for taking the time to chat Liz.  We wish you the greatest success and look forward to working with you again!

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