We chatted to comedian Jackie Loeb for this month’s TBS Ten, where she named her favourite celebrity crush (well, partially) right before she told us to go to hell (thanks Jackie)…
TBS: What do you think the main difference between how American audiences vs Australian audiences react to comedy?
Jackie Loeb: It depends on the joke. I can’t quite understand the science of it, but I find that US audiences will laugh hard at material to which Australian audiences might just give a moderate response. US audiences seem to like my sloppy stuff. I have top-notch slop! In saying that, US audiences are more conservative and seem to like more of an anecdotal style of comedy. Australian audiences are usually more rowdy and liquored up on arrival, thus more receptive to interactive comedy, i.e., having the piss taken out of them.
TBS: Who is your celebrity/political crush and why?
Jackie Loeb: Can it be just a body part? Ok, Michelle Obama’s arms. Why? Take a look at them if you dare! Strong, powerful, intimidating and firm. Just like First Lady arms should be. Her biceps are all I will never be.
TBS: What is the worst way for a person to try and get your attention on social media?
Jackie Loeb: Private message me on Facebook saying “ I came across your profile and you have a lovely smile. I would like to get to know you better. Please wire me money through Western Credit Union.”
TBS: What is your most annoying habit?
Jackie Loeb: I am too compassionate. I hate being kind. Is there a self-help group I can join?
TBS: What advice would you give a 15 year old Jackie?
Jackie Loeb: Stop picking! Don’t drink Pina Colada on an empty stomach! Don’t smoke menthol! Look out for the security cameras! No Jackie, amending your birth certificate with liquid paper to say you were born in 1923 does not make you 18!
TBS: Tell us something NO-ONE knows about you..until now…
Jackie Loeb: I have an underactive thyroid. There I said it. I feel so ashamed.
TBS: What is your favourite pretentious word to say? Mine is dichotomy, in unrelated situations.
Jackie Loeb: I am really into “juxtaposition” at the moment. I have no idea what it means and yes, I had to google the correct spelling. Now there’s a juxtaposition if ever I saw one! (Can one see a juxtaposition or is it something you can only touch or smell? Are juxtapositions edible? Can I have one made with almond milk?)
TBS: What is the one gift you pretty much always will re-gift
Jackie Loeb: Candles. You can keep your soy organic fair trade vanilla bean wax sticks. I’ll stick to using the light switch.
TBS: What is your favourite inspirational quote or person, as cliched as it may be?
Jackie Loeb: “Oh, go to Hell!”. I love that one. I have been getting a lot of use out of that one of late. Not sure who first coined this endearing phrase, but I am ever so thankful for it.
TBS: And finally, your shows with Gretel Killeen start soon in May – for those who haven’t been to one of your shows before what do you think is the main thing they will walk away with? Either good…or bad
Jackie Loeb: Possibly my music CD or perhaps one of Gretel’s books, or maybe a vodka they snuck out of the venue and highly likely….a belly full of laughs.