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Tuesday
Mar242009

Inside With: Leah Dubie, Both Sides of the SceneBy: Andrew Singer

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"I would just try and stand really close to Amy Sedaris and Stephen Colbert and hope their genius rubbed off on me." --Leah Dubie | Photo: Anya Garrett

Mix in some girl-next-door charm with the focused determination of an athlete, the glamour of a model, down-home warmth and honesty of a New Englander and the awkwardness of someone who shares too much (I Just Peed a Little), and you come up with Leah Dubie. This talented, hard-working comedian has done time on both sides of the comedy scene: behind the mic cracking jokes and in the boardroom making production decisions for promotional spots and TV commercials. The Apiary recently sat down with Dubie to discuss touring, on-camera interview tips and her show Dykes on Mics.

What does your job as a television producer entail?
I'm an on-air promos writer-producer. I write and produce in-show commercials essentially. I do a lot of COPS promos for Tru TV which makes me feel like I made all the right decisions in choosing a career. Because I get to watch COPS for money and it keeps me from being on COPS because I'm out of money. I work on shows from time to time as well. One of my very first jobs in television was on Season 3 of Strangers with Candy. I hadn't even started doing standup yet but I had big plans to. I would just try and stand really close to Amy Sedaris and Stephen Colbert and hope their genius rubbed off on me.
Are you a big fan of pro-wrestling? [Because I am!]
I don't know if I would call myself a "fan" of pro-wrestling. Because of my five years working for WWE as a producer (the former WWF), I have a ridiculous amount of knowledge about professional wrestling (or sports entertainment if you're in the know or consider yourself a "mark." That was for you, Soce) for a 30-year-old woman who does not live in a trailer park. It's funny, I just saw "The Wrestler" with my best friend Patrick Camden whom I met working at WWE. We spent the first hour critiquing it for its "accuracy." That's right -- we were criticizing whether a fictional wrestling movie stayed true to the world of fake sport.

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Have you been able to use your connections in the industry to help out your own personal
projects?

I can make endless dubs and believe me, that adds up. I don't know that I've really called in a
favor yet. I'm biding my time. I will say that having worked in the industry for nearly 10 years,
I have developed skills that help me as a comic and as a producer of comedic short films. When I do comedic commentary I speak in sound bites and know not to wear green. Working with me is easy. It's kind of like working with the daughter of coach. Which I actually am so that makes sense twice.

How has your show Dykes on Mics grown and developed over the last few years?
Dykes On Mics has really grown by leaps and bounds. It started two years ago as a little bar show when RubyFruit was looking to start a comedy night. That was a success and from there we branched out to include road work and festivals. This year we performed at Provincetown Women's Week which was a pretty big honor considering all the rest of the acts were much more established. We also just starred along with Isaac Mizrahi, Christine Vachon and councilwoman Christine Quinn in the LOGO documentary "Out In the City." It was a little film about NYC nightlife. Yes, we're "nightlife."

Did you enjoy the last tour you went on? Did you travel solo or with other performers?
I just got back from Mexico where I did two weeks in Puerto Vallarta. I was a little concerned where I don't speak Spanish but everything seemed to work out. It's possible people were laughing just to be polite but that's fine. I'll take it. I went with Danny Leary. We're a great road team. We really compliment each other well and people always think we're a honeymooning couple so we get lots of hotel coupons. This September we're doing a big showcase in LA with Cabaret star Jenna Esposito.

What general topics to you like to explore in the comedy shorts you have been creating with Patrick Camden?
I really like writing and working with Pat. It's extremely natural and we both see the funny inside each other's brains. Right now we're finishing up a short we just shot called "Meth Denist." Everything we do we try to put our own stamp on. We try to take a relatable idea (like Meth!) twist it around, put it in a box, take it out of a box, throw some editing on it and boom...FUNNY!

Dykes on Mics (l. to r.) Gloria Bigelow, Amy Beckerman, Leah Dubie and Jackie Monahan | Photo: Anya Garrett
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Do you still do lots of shows in your hometown of Boston, and if so, how is that comedy scene different from New York?
The shows I do in Boston are great. The audiences are very loyal and always turn up. The mentality is a bit different though. I hope to still be welcome in my hometown after I say this -- and believe I'm still a Red Sox fan and still feel quite superior to New Yorkers -- but the New York audience is unbeatable. Nothing is off limits, nothing needs to be explained and it's just a more savvy comedy audience. So I'll be here until I die ... or until I can afford to re-locate to West 14th street.

What's one of the biggest challenges you face as a performer, and how are you tackling it?
I think my challenges change constantly. When I first started in comedy it was that I didn't have a performance background of any kind. I was a college athlete and had zero drama nerd friends. However, I have always been a comedy nerd. In high school, I would haunt Nick's Comedy Stop and The Comedy Connection in Boston. I always wrote but didn't have any on-stage skills whatsoever. I've gotten past that and now and I feel as comfortable on stage as anywhere else. From there, I tackled if I wanted to be gay on stage and if so, just how gay? In time, I found that to be a pretty ridiculous idea altogether. How much gay is the right amount? It's not a formula where you get to be a little gayer if you promise not to wear shoulder pads and a mullet. I'm me. I feel everything I say can be loved or hated equally by all kinds of people and is not specific to sexual orientation. Mostly depends on how much or how little you drink.

--Andrew Singer is a contributing editor for The Apiary. He performs regularly as "Soce the Elemental Wizard." He recently wrote about Booth & Pat.

Reader Comments (10)

Lear, you are the best!
March 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterIda Felter
Leah -- This article is awesome and really sums up the Poodie we all know and love. You are the girl-next-door, athlete, glamour model, down-home New England gal who makes us laugh. PP
Leah Dubie makes me feel closer to the lesbian within myself. She's the gateway lesbian, as I am the gateway gay. Together, we are like captain gay for the world, not threatening yet highly intriguing.
March 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterH. Alan Scott
God, Leah, you're famous! Who knew when you would do impressions of Ace Ventura, Jerry Seinfeld, and every Saturday Night Live skit known to man back in HS that this would become your life? Well, we all thought it would but the fact that it did really does kick some serious ass. You have always been hilarious - you know that Ricky Flake Skit and our Interpretive Dance in HS were all you too. Damn. And that photo of you at the top is hotsie-totsie - glamour model fo'sho. Your friend, Pam Paquin
March 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEmily
Do you have to be photographed by Anya Garrett to be considered for "Inside With"?
March 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBilly Reno
word to the wise: get to know soce
March 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkeithhuang
Very happy to see this! Adore you, Leah!!

PS: Billy Reno - it probably couldn't HURT your chances...? :)
March 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteranya.
leah is the shiiiiit! hilarious! killin! and super nice :D ... wait, is she trying to get w/ me?
March 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjen
Wow! Great article! The picture really captures your outer beauty and the interview your inner beauty. Hawk
March 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHawk
So glad to see this hilarious woman getting recognized as the star she is!
April 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPinky

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