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I'm a comedian and video maker, of such videos as 'Gigi the Christmas Snake' and the 'GAYLE' series on YouTube, and I recently recorded my standup special "Showpig" and streamed it live from Thalia Hall in Chicago, which you can watch here: https://www.facebook.com/chrisflemingfleming/videos/2056782114337563/
"I'm Afraid to Talk to Men" led to one of the most sincerely revealing chats that I (a cis gal) have ever had with my (cis male & pretty masc) husband, wherein I learned that he is also, similarly, afraid to talk to men. As am I. My question: do you think that, deep down, everybody is afraid to talk to men?
I dunno but I sure am!
Your mom was perfect as Bonnie. Did you have to coach her on how to deliver the lines or did she just intuitively understand the character?
I don't think we ever gave my mom any direction, my sense of humor comes from her so we had an Elliot/ET thing going on all throughout GAYLE
Hi Chris, in love with your whole Gayle concept. It’s absolutely hilarious. My favorite one is “mall kids.” Will you be doing more Gayle in the future? Also, where did your inspiration for Gayle’s character come from?
mall couples is my fav too! thank you
I believe we will return! I'm exploring other things right now. I got too consumed by that as did my family and friends. Everyone wanted me to do something else but we're all starting to miss it a little...we'll see
How should I punish my family for disrespecting my beach towels?
Making them drive around with a ham flag on their Kia sends a loud and clear message
Your car rants are beyond amazing, but besides your masterful quick edits, do you write everything out beforehand, or is there an element of ad-lib?
Also, do you plan on working with more outside musicians after the success of showpig? (asking for a friend....me)
Thank you! There's a script but I'd spend a long ass time in my car usually parked outside someone's home trying to get the Adventure Dad lines just right and whatnot, lot of making stuff up in a hot car and having people tap on my window asking if 'everything's cool'
Since your SAT tutor is in Stranger Things does that make the Gayle series also within the Stranger Things Universe?
Gayle would have a HUGE problem with Stranger Things, especially the cop who everyone thinks is hot now
I grew up in Acton MA and LOVE the accuracy of your depiction of the neurotic suburban Massachusetts house mother.
I have been scrutinizing all your GAYLE videos to figure out which town you're from.. WHAT IS NORTHBREAD IN REAL LIFE?!
Northbread is right above Southbread, and southeast of Groton/Dunstable
Hi Chris! Love all your stuff. My fave is the polyamorous video (and Gayle of course). Will you please come to Bloomington Indiana? We have a really good comedy club here, The Comedy Attic. I would force everyone I knew to come if you did!
I would love to. I have a bit of a fear of comedy clubs though, lot of cruel, well-dressed divorcees trying to use my laughs as momentum to give them the courage to try an*l for the first time..but maybe a theater around there!
Chris, what's the point of slithering slow so you won't wake if you're just going to shout your sexual orientation later?
I think in hindsight it's poor planning by someone who's just barely holding on
Is everything cool?
When you pour milk into cereal, does the milk then become a soup, a broth, a sauce, or a salad dressing? Asking for a friend.
I've never actually poured milk into my cereal, fear of wet foods. I eat it dry like a socio!
What's the thing you find most funny? Video/person/gif/whatever.
The Mighty Boosh is my favorite show of all time, brings me such peace :)
Yo Chris! Used to go to your highschool, although I'm a number of years below you. My friends and I were always obsessed with your old sketches like Tag, the weird bird one, Dayquil/Nyquil and my personal favorite, Old Man Stillborn. My question is:
1. How did you come up with the name "Old Man Stillborn"
2. Will we ever see this incredible yam man's return? Has he been in Shaws all these years?
Oh hell ya!! Old Man Stillborn was based on a man I saw in a Greyhound station in Albany. I saw the oldest woman I've ever seen in my life, then I panned over a little and saw her dad...
Old Man Stillborn will ride again
first of all—what are your pronouns?
mostly though, I’m here for the beef. what is your usual process and how do you collaborate? who is your dream musical collaborator?
my friends and I are from NJ and we love beef hutchins. you nailed that glorious assault of arena rock from 101.5 in every fucking grocery store and podiatrist’s office. you know what it’s like to get a wart cut out with Springsteen (PBUH) in the background?
Thank youu!! Beef is a project I work on with Brian Heveron-Smith, and it is the most fun thing in the world and it gives us a blunt, full body pain that more people don't know about him. And I loooove waiting room music. Just saw Michael McDonald live and wept
Is there footage of you putting on a winter coat after shooting the walk-and-talk bits in the snowstorm? Also what hair products do you use?
Also before I was aware of you I thought bichon was just a fancy way of saying bitch. That's not a question, I just want to thank you for broadening my mind :)
I can't express how cold that was, especially when I'd fall in the snow, wearing nothing but Melissa's mom sports bra from the 80s
Hi Chris! My boyfriend and I saw you in Columbus and he used a picture we got with you after your show (complete with your can of La Croix) as his “most fun memory” when we celebrated our one-year.
Are you still afraid to talk to men? And do you still hold a beer with two hands?
Oh man that night I chugged so many La Croixs I became an influencer, I had to get my stomach pumped. My top button started buttoning itself.
And yes, less so, every time I release one of those things I feel slightly better about the problem. Like now I have no qualms about people shrieking Baby Got Back and lighting fires doing so on dance floors
hello chris!! what is the actual name of the dog in Gayle? i'd love to know more about her, she's so damn cute and laid back
Her Christian name is Lunch, she's my bichon and she's lying here as we speak!
Hi Chris, I just saw you at Thalia Hall and almost threw up laughing, so thanks. I grew up in Westford MA and I love all your references to Mass. Do you think growing up here influenced your comedy style? Also, how do you do some of Gayle's stunts without seriously injuring yourself?
thank you and Yes of course! I broke a rib in the last episode falling on that table in the bathrobe, it's usually the least dangerous looking ones where I'd get most damaged. Kicking the ham around in the backyard I thought I broke my foot but that was just a panic
how do you feel about hygge?
Is that that thing where people recommit their lives to getting cozy?
But, seriously - how was the Yanni concert? Can you tell us more details about how it went?
I got kicked out! It was soooo hard to get over the barrier that close to the stage. After I rushed the stage, the security guard said to me "Ok honey, you gotta go."
Im a peace corps volunteer and Gayle literally is the highlight of my day. I feel like I'm with my mom. I literally fall on the floor laughing so thank you. So many questions: what was your exposure to B girls and do you drink coffee, if not, what do you drink the AM?
I've never had coffee actually, so I usually drink apple cider...I live off a hummingbird diet because my taste buds never evolved
How do you get over the fear of bombing while doing standup?
By bombing a lot! And I dry heave before every show
Chris, I’m in the middle of finals and I don’t want to type anything anymore. What do you do when you need a boost?
3 pm most days, I suddenly realize if I don't get donuts my whole being will unravel and I will be one of those worm succulents Ursula the Sea Witch keeps in her seaweed soul garden
Hey Chris! I was blessed enough to see your show last month, and it was amazing. My friends and I have watched you religiously for years now. My question for you is, when did you know you wanted to be a comedian?
Thank yoouuu when I saw the show Mork and Mindy when I was very very young! I started signing my papers in Kindergarten 'Chris the Comedian' even though I was too shy to speak to anybody let alone do prat falls
I told my coworker Topher how you were my favorite comedian and explained the Gayle bit and tried to summarize your style. He recommended I check out Jim Gaffigan "if I'm into that sort of thing"
Was Gayle inspired by your mother?
Gayle's inspired by a lotta people in my hometown/childhood, there was a woman who held her mouth that small, it was breathtaking
What's your favorite place to eat in the greater Boston area?
Veggie Galaxy, where everyone's poly!
thoughts on Sufjan Stevens?
I just saw him actually in the greenroom at Thalia Hall in Chicago, he was riding around on a pekignese crying about how soft the shirts are at the GAP
Hi Chris! Saw your outdoor gig in Montreal, offered up a hug post-gig. (I don't care what others thought, you were hilarious!)
What was the genesis of the Polyamorous video? The story from that sounds like it could be something...Also because my non-monogamous friends think it's hilarious.
You regularly refer to a wide variety of gender identities and sexual orientations in your work. (Gigi was not the pansexual character anyone expected.) Is this part of your long-term goal to become a queer icon?
Next time you're in the area, a friendly coffee/beverage of choice or something snacklike? You seem pretty cool.
You were there! I had to take my glasses of during that show because it was so hard hahha but for some reason I felt like Kerri Strug after it was over. 1) Polyamorous video was about a feeling I got once with a certain older person and their partner hahhaha 2) Everything's gonna be alright with Gigi 3)Thank you, I only eat mochi though...
Who is normally behind the camera?
Melissa Strype, or nobody
Hi Chris, I’m Al. Two questions, Chris:
That One Sound Effect, the sort of sci-fi ‘ooOOOoh’ sound, is one of my favorite things about your videos. What is it? I’d love to have it as a ringtone.
Where do you peruse for clothing? That one flamingo shirt on your Tour video is entrancing and I’d like to have something that emulates that effect. I’m assuming thrift stores, unless there is a specific place?
1) That's a humpback whale doing the pledge of allegiance!
2) Lady Gap in London baby
If you were to do a Gayle spinoff series, who would be the main character of said spinoff? Is it Bonnie, because she can now text? Would it be the SAT tutor? Dr. Bruce?
Rick Gausmann 100%
Hi Chris! I love your content! Do you think you'll go on another tour and branch out to new cities?
Yes absolutely! I spin a globe in the beginning of every season and stop it with a vegan crueller, and that's where I go.
If you come to Toronto, I will personally deliver you a briefcase of maple syrup based products. Deal?
Yes as long as the syrup is loose in the briefcase
Firstly, thanks so much for posting "Showpig". I loved it.
I have two questions:
1- Of all the different characters and personas you put on, which is your favourite? Obviously I love Gayle, but I think my favourite is Nikolas.
2- Who do I have to lock into my basement to get you to do a Canadian tour?
Thank you for watching Showpig!! Sorry I was sick as a dog while performing it but it's kinda nice to document a cold isn't it? It's like, you ever get a pimple and then MISS that pimple later?
1) Gayle, Bonnie's Husband Reggie, Toby the 27 yr old dog, and I too love Nikolas aka Casib (his study abroad name)
2) What do we covet Clarice? What we see everyday! (that's from Silence of the Lambs) No you dont have to lock anybody in your basement I'll come to Canada on my own I looove Canada
Hi Chris! Just want to say my entire friend group adore you and your content. We just want to know, what is Bonnie's last name? (Character not actress that is!)
You often poke fun of theater kids, which I find hilarious as a former theater kid (and still one at heart). Was the theater a big part of your life growing up which led to your current work?
I was a theater major in college but never got cast, but needed credits that somehow pertained to the theater, so senior year I had to BEG to be the Props Master, and convince the theater chair Lary that I was passionate about props.
Did you know that Bruce Dern was at the Thalia Hall show? He was sitting across the aisle from me. It was nice, because then I wasn't the oldest person there any more. But he didn't look like he was having fun. Sorry.
Bruce D was probably there for Chris Fleming the Ghost Hunter...but in my defense bruce dern looking like he's having a bad time might be bruce dern having the BEST time
What's the best/worst thing about being a dirty little showpig?
best: buttermilk baths/the look in Farmer Zimmerman's eye when I place blue ribbon
worst: being transported from fair to fair
Hi, Chris! I've been a big fan for a few years now and regularly binge your Gayle shows. I was wondering, what was your inspo behind Gigi the Christmas Snake? Also, what's your favorite candle scent and when do you think you'll come to Kansas City next?
Last month Gigi started volunteering at an Enterprise Rent a Car but lost his position for screaming his exe’s name “REBECCA!!!” into all of the Kia’s. Now I heard he’s giving unsolicited, rogue tours of Madame Toussaud’s Orlando, getting kicked out daily because he’s not employed by Madame Toussaud’s.’
All the while he’s been working on a screenplay that bears an almost word for word resemblance to every episode in chronological order of Black Mirror and he claims that the Notorious B.I.G. wants to buy it.
Hi Chris! Do you have any advice for dealing with hecklers? I’ve thought about doing standup but the idea of hecklers is really intimidating. Thanks!
You are one of my favorite comedians and my best friend and I love you!!
The wording of this got me a little tripped up at first, I thought you were calling me your best friend which I liked but now I see what you're saying. And my advice is be in the moment, hecklers are ok folks who just need a kiss on forehead and an evite here and there
Hi Chris! Who are your biggest influences/inspirations? Who is your favorite comedian?
Noel Fielding/Robin Williams/Maria Bamford I think? JB Smoove makes me laugh the hardest, I also reallly like Jen Kirkman.
Also, my friend wants to know: Who is Phil and why is he so tough?
a guy I worked with at Cafe Ziba in 2005
Hi Chris! Big fan here! I saw you in Atlanta and you pulled me onstage because you thought I looked like you! It's already one of my favorite memories that was a great night!
My question is what kind of music do you like to listen to on tour? Or in general?
Oh! Were you the one who asked me if I was interested in starting a cult?
Right now I like to listen to the National Anthem on repeat JK a lot of Kate Bush/Grimes/the Commodores to calm me down
Hey Chris! Saw your show at the Wilbur in Boston. You touched noses with me during the "I know it's for babies" bit and it was the greatest night of my young life.
Anyways, Chobani has changed their packaging and it has shook me like a leaf. How do you feel about this sudden redesign? Thanks love you bye.
thank you I will venmo you for the eskimo smooch
We've got lots of venues! I hope you do come! Most of my divorcee friends are really sweet. But I can make them stay at home if it makes you more comfortable.
no no please do bring them ;)
what do you find to be the most difficult part about starting out/being succesful in comedy?
and bonus question: what do you use to coif your mane?
1)Having access to a good sea salt spray
2) Sea salt spray
After your show in Washington D.C., my sister asked you to autograph her crouton (and you gracefully obliged). What is the strangest thing you've ever been asked to do after a show?
A rotisserie chicken in San Francisco