Hurricane Sandy can’t stop Crutchfield’s funny

She tried, but Hurricane Sandy couldn’t prevent this edition of Inside Jokes from happening.

This week’s interview subject — writer, comic, actor, improv veteran and top-notch tweeter Abbi Crutchfield — lives in New York City which, in case you’re just re-entering the real world after a week-long bender, was rocked by Sandy on Monday night.

I emailed Crutchfield as Sandy was pummeling much of the east coast to make sure she was OK and to let her know if she needed to take an extra day or two — or a week or a month — to respond to my questions, that would be fine. After all, parts of her city were drowning. If answering my questions, great as they are, wasn’t too high on her priority list, I would have understood.

She didn’t respond immediately, but a little after 2 p.m. on Tuesday, an email titled “ANSWERS!” arrived in my inbox and I grinned. Crutchfield told me she’d answer my questions by Tuesday and despite Sandy’s best efforts to stop her, she did and I’m grateful. After reading our Q and A, I’m betting you will be too.

Enjoy the interview and don’t forget The Best Tweet I Can Find In Five Minutes at the end.

TC: What’s on your schedule today? (Don’t worry about stalkers because this won’t be online until at least one day after you answer.)

AC: Today I am cleaning the mess caused by Hurricane Sandy — the books I knocked off the shelves running around in terror, claw marks on the walls, etc.

TC: Best show you’ve seen in 2012?

AC: I enjoyed “Naked People” by the boldly hilarious Julia Wiedeman and I have attended several tapings of Nikki Glaser and Sara Schaefer’s “You Had to Be There” podcast, which always provides great insight into the life of a comedian.

TC: You’ve been mentioned in the Huffington Post and your Twitter feed (@curlycomedy) is one of my favorites. I don’t have a question. I just wanted to remind/inform you of those two things.

AC: I’m happy to make people laugh for free on Twitter. The Huffington Post has been very supportive of my comedy, specifically the comedy and women divisions. Shout-out to Carol Hartsell (@carolrhartsell) and Lori Fradkin (@lorifradkin)! Another great place to see my jokes is on For the sound of my voice and smell of my hair, see me perform live!

TC: Your Rihanna parody is awesome, but then again, I’m a sucker for an 11th toe joke. Do you have an 11th toe and if so, are you proud or ashamed? I’m firmly entrenched in the proud camp in that scenario.

AC: I do not have any extra fingers or toes, but I hear a lot of people have them removed in the hospital right after being born, without their consent. Parental domination starts so early.

TC: Gun to your head: improv, stand-up or inheriting a large sum of money?

AC: Money. Performing with a gun to your head is not as enjoyable as accepting a bag of cash with a gun to your head. Why am I inheriting money in such a violent way? Who died, Suge Knight?

Here it is, The Best Tweet I Can Find In Five Minutes:


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