Gareth May | Contributing Writer | 1,001 day ago

'I've been doing a lot of kegels.' Meet The Female Comic Hosting The Porn Oscars

The Debrief: How do you come up with a comedy set for a room full of porn stars?

This Saturday the AVN Awards take place in Las Vegas. Hosted by adult performers Alexis Texas and Tommy Pistol, the 33rd incarnation of the ‘porn Oscars’ will also feature stand up comic Danielle Stewart who’ll do a set and co-host. Beats presenting the National Television Awards, right? Gareth May caught up with the US-based comedienne.

Hi Danielle. How did you land the gig for the AVN Awards?

I was referred by Lisa Sundstedt, the producer of Pretty Funny Women - a popular all female stand up show in Los Angeles. They came to her looking for an up and coming talent that would be a good fit for the AVN Awards audience. So, in other words, I got fucking lucky. 

Did the producer see your material and think - ‘Yup, she’s filthy enough’?

One of the Showtime executives said that I was the filthiest female comedian he had ever seen. That really surprised me. I don’t see myself as 'dirty,' I am just really honest about my sex life and talk about it on stage the way I talk about it in real life to my friends. 

Can you tell us one of the jokes you’ll be performing?

Let’s just say I will be making fun of myself. A lot. 

Are you nervous?

I was told the live audience is about 4000 people so yes I’m super fly fucking nervous. But I am also super fly fucking excited. 

How do you go about prepping for such a gig? Is it a case of getting your naughtiest jokes together? Will you amp up the filth because of the well-versed audience? Or will you throw a curve ball and just do a set on kittens and home baking?

I don’t know shit about kittens or home baking but I sure know a lot about fucking so that is what I will stick to. I picked my dirtiest jokes with the quickest laughs since my set is short and meant to warm the audience up. I also wrote some jokes specific to the event that I have been working out on stages around LA. It’s been going well but you never know how things will be received on the night of the show. I have also been doing a lot of kegels. 

Is it nice to gig somewhere you know you can push the boundaries?

Fuck yes! It’s a dream for me. 

On to the pressing question we all want to know the answer to: What’s your weekly porn intake?

I don’t watch porn often. I watched a lot this past two months in preparation for the AVN Awards but typically I read my porn. I know it’s weird but I like coming up with the images in my head. Sometimes I read erotica but mostly I read smut - like the kind of stuff you might find in Penthouse forum.  

Are there any porn stars you’ll be rooting for on the night?

Yes. But I don’t want to say who. I don’t want anyone to think I am playing favorites because the truth is, I haven’t met a single porn actor that isn’t cool as shit. The industry is full of some of the nicest people you will ever meet. 

What do you think comedians think of being parodied in porn? Curb your Enthusiasm and Seinfeld have both been given the porn parody treatment. Do you think most just laugh it off?

Imitation is the highest form of flattery.  I am sure they love it.  I know I would. 

I noticed recently former adult star and 2008 AVN Female Performer of the Year Sasha Grey appeared on Creepy Text Theatre. With a big portion of the comedy scene and the porn scene based in LA, do porn and comic circles interact often? 

Porn and comedy seem to have always gone together. Comedian Sam Tripoli created The Naughty Show; a live variety show incorporating porn actors, pole dancers, stand-up comedy and sketches. It just works.

Fucking can be funny, right? Do you ever find porn can be a bit too serious? 

Fucking should be hot but funny at times. Sex is often clumsy and messy and we should be able to laugh at it. It helps make the vibe more comfortable for everyone. 

I often find toe sucking can lead to sex-giggles. Any other tips for upping the laughter in the bedroom?

If - ok, when - a guy tells me he wants to pile drive my pussy, it’s fucking hot but it is also funny. It’s going to make me laugh but it’s also going to turn me on. That is the kind of laughter that should happen in the bedroom. Oh and if I queef. That shit is hilarious.

One last question: What’s your porn name?

Technically, it’s Marmalade Santis but I think if I were to actually do porn it would be Bianca Bangs because I happen to also have bangs. 

Thanks for your time Danielle. Break a leg!

daniellestewart.com

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