When Mary Beth Barone (31) was a child, she wanted to be an actress or a pop star.
s Barone told her, “anything that looks glamorous” feels like a world away from her life as one of six children in the early 1990s in Southern Connecticut.
“It’s a pretty standard, Republican, Catholic house,” her middle-class US words, so dry it bordered on barbecue, shared – her eyes forever immerse you in the joke.
Barone is the ‘f*ckboy girl’, as many who know her would say, her stick sits somewhere between the brazen Bond girl and the internet pervert, her brand is increasingly recognizable than a Juicy commercial.
“An f*ckboy can look like anyone,” she warned a recent crowd, decoding the TikTok generation’s experience of the Mephistophelian bad boy, revealing a sassy, scornful teenager with normal sexual orientation and little responsibility. “They can be female or transgender. They can be straight. They can be gay. They can be marbles. It’s a phenomenon that touches every demographic.”
Barone’s form is playful, crude, ostentatious (some of her promotional photos show her naked or in lingerie) and deeply self-aware, often to the point of embarrassment. puppet where the joke begins and the truth ends.
She uses her shows like a pointed stick, speaking vividly and often about her own experiences, leaving f**kboys squirming about behaving better.
The baron I met today is reserved, smirking and polite. She’s obviously very smart, her mind racing through the tabs like a hot computer screen. (“I know that my voice makes things sound abrasive, I don’t always do that.”)
She spoke via Zoom, from her Williamsburg apartment, after selling out five shows at London’s Soho Theatre, a showcase Guardians Critic Brian Logan hailed it as “the sex comedy that continues to offer”.
Barone is hermaphrodite. (She wants to be classified as ‘gay’, but as her joke goes, “her hair is too clean.”) “I do it for the women,” she said, smirking a little. again, neatly showing one of the reasons she’s an internet girl. ‘and gay’ favorite comedian.
She got into comedy as a last resort, she just wanted to find a hobby. “What’s even a hobby?” we say in unison, for example, the frustrating query anyone faces when setting up an online dating profile.
She is searching for a meaningful version of herself, her past experiences involve mirroring the lives and interests of others, mainly those of the men she meets. he was dating; relies on “college football and skiing” – activities that, of her own accord, she would never have chosen for herself.
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As with other factors in an internet celebrity’s life, face-to-face audacity navigates questions like “how far can I cross the line before it gets cancelled?” and “why is everyone so mean?” requires a certain degree of mystery about the pain behind the scenes.
Her guilt about the middle class was thick. From the very beginning of her life story, she has a clear understanding of the class divide, which is not fun at all. She attended a Catholic elementary school (“there was a black student everywhere”) and later a public high school, an experience she describes as “forming”.
From there, she went to Boston University (“a great school, if you’re an elitist”), where there are frequent exhibitions of uniformity and criticism of the unusual. against her.
“I went to college, just thinking this would be the best four years of my life,” she said. “[I thought] I will have a lot of fun, meeting my husband, becoming an English teacher and going to live in the suburbs. And I realized that when I was exposed to more public schools, my world opened up. And then it felt like it was starting to close again.”
Her time there coincided with a massive internal shift in opinion, a shift of the entire platform from the traditional friendly conservatism of her youth to the liberal, educated woman she was. I met today. She dropped out of school for two years.
“I joined the pro-life club,” she says, a conversation she leads with empathy. “Growing up today and having access to so much information, I think it can be a bit overwhelming at times. One of my nieces is 15 years old and she is taking a class on feminism.
“She is very active as an activist on Instagram, and I learn a lot from watching what she posts because she has a better way of looking at things than we were taught. I’m glad that at this age, I feel so open to learning. I think all of us here are doing our best, well, maybe not all of us,” she laughs, wryly. “But I think a lot of us are like that and that’s really nice.”
Her default mode is still dull but has no effect, especially when discussing Drag his A **Central comedy web series developed by Barone, focusing attention on the dangers of Tinder-era dating and the current “f**k boy pandemic”.
It comes about organically, guided by Barone’s firsthand experiences, referencing the times she learned that going home to someone in a felt hat is “never a good idea” and she was once how a guy wanted to spend the night instead. eat 50 sausages. It plays out with humor but turns into a genuine desire to help those struggling with intimacy.
Much of the program’s caregiving comes from Barone’s own sense of change. “I think I’ve found who I am right now, but that will change,” she said, her gaze shifting slightly.
“And I’ve worked really hard in therapy to open up and accept those changes and just know, I’m a completely different person than I was three years ago, a year ago, maybe even a year ago. maybe a few months ago, but I feel really happy where I am. I always say, I started respecting myself at the age of 28. And that was a big change for me.
“My late 20s were a lot of fun, and even though Covid happened, I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I don’t want to be 22 years old again.
“I had a lot of fun at 22 but I’m having a lot more fun now being realistic, and that’s something you can’t rush. You have to wade through a car to hope out. yard on the other hand.”
The other side for Barone looks like a mixture of self-esteem and gratitude, as well as the opportunities that have shaped her as a manga.
In 2021 alone, she debuted Drag his A **recorded as extremely popular Obsessed with podcast with fellow comic and friend Benito Skinner, hosts a virtual clock party of the Academy Awards, performed on Jimmy Fallon Tonight’s show and opened for Chelsea Handler.
“She really couldn’t be cuter,” Barone said, “and her fans are so happy and so excited. Like, you could say it was a night out for them. Such fans will show you. It’s just too impressive. “
Right now, however, the target is Edinburgh, along with a lot of plans with asterisks attached. “I am very willing to be directly involved with this program[her special][đặcbiệtcủacôấy[herspecialSilly girltakes place from 3 to 28 August at Fringe and she will make her Ireland debut tonight).
“I think I’ll probably tour a little more when I come back, and there are a few more projects still in development that I hope will be successful, but that’s it. I have learned that having a 5 year plan, especially when you are self-employed, is not very beneficial.
“So you just have to like it, trust the process and be patient. Jesus takes the wheel – which I suck at. Honestly, I’m really glad there’s only a few weeks to go. is my focus, meeting all the girls, dressing up cutely and having fun,” she added.
“And it’s my first time performing in Ireland, so I’m really excited to see my dating history, Cold War knowledge and darkest childhood memories taken over here. How is that?”
Mary Beth Barone performs with Tony Cantwell, Killian Sundermann, Seán Burke and Ed Sammon tonight on The Bleedin Massive Stage at The Iveagh Gardens
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