There’s no one person like Bridget Everett. She happens to be hilarious, confident, sexual, brilliant and talented. Each of those things on its own is impressive, but with Bridget it’s the way she combines these attributes that makes her absolutely, show-stoppingly, one of a kind.
Everett’s band, The Tender Moments, exists to make audiences giggle, squirm and, most importantly, celebrate breasts. You can (and should!) buy their album, Pound It, on iTunes, or if you’re in New York just catch one of their upcoming shows at Joe’s Pub.
When did you realize you were a feminist?
I’ve always identified as a feminist. But there was a time when I was finding my voice as a performer, where I wasn’t sure if what I was (and still am) doing could be considered feminist. My “character” on stage (which is really just the super hero version of myself) is totally wild, often naked and frequently inappropriate. Then I realized that I was being true to myself, free of fear and totally 100% in charge of my body, and that, to me, is part of what being a feminist is all about.
How has feminism shaped your sense of humor?
Ha! It’s everything! It’s given me the freedom to unleash the beast on stage. Everything is done with humor in mind. Even down to the dresses I wear. My friend, Larry Krone, makes them and they are all meant to flatter me but are often really funny. And the names of the gowns reflect that- we have titty tops, the pussy dress, coral queef… the list goes on.
Also, I grew up around really funny, strong women. My mom especially. She had a tough go of it for awhile, but came out swinging with her sense of humor in tact. She’s tremendously funny. It’s her most marked characteristic. She used to walk around in this nightgown with some unfortunate holes and she would just laugh, laugh, laugh about it. That taught me to not take things too seriously and to love my body. Oh, and sidenote- my most popular song is a tribute to all different kinds of titties (which I wrote for her- she has beavertails). Titties don’t make the woman, but they sure are great!
What do you think about women who are reluctant to identify as a feminist because of the potential negative connotation?
I don’t seem to run into that very often, if ever. It does make me sad, though.
How can we improve equality? What do you find is lacking most?
I don’t know how to answer that. I do know that women’s health care is in crisis all over the country and it’s terrifying. There are people doing serious harm who lack compassion, and I don’t know how you teach that.
What can women do to be more supportive of one another?
I’ve been given some great opportunities by really incredible women, and they did it in really selfless ways that I may never get over. I think it’s easy to feel competitive and I hate that. It’s just such a waste of time and energy. There is so much more to gain from watching those around you thrive and giving a hand to a friend who might need it.
What women inspire you?
So many. It’s an endless list. Here are some: my mom, Amy Schumer and Patti Lupone. These are all immensely talented, creative women who are supportive, great friends and really fucking funny.
What books or media have had an impact on your life?
For me, it’s music. Music has given me a way to communicate who I am and taught me more lessons than I can count. Singers like Millie Jackson, who embraces all sides of being a woman. The emotion in her voice is matched only by her wit, fierce sexuality and vulnerability. And Tina Turner is another one. A total powerhouse with an incredible story that really has had a tremendous impact on me.
What’s your favorite thing about yourself?
Follow Bridget on Twitter @bridgeteverett.