We got together in college, we were together six or seven years before we got engaged, and we were married for only 13 months. The gist of the show is getting married when you’re really not ready and you know you’re not ready. We’re still very good friends. He hasn’t seen Bad Bride, but I’ve told him about it, and I have his blessing.
What’s funny is how a person, me, can really be in such denial of what’s happening, and I guess what’s funny about the show is how brutally honest I am. I really just share my mistakes and my shortcomings. People love that I sort of know in the show that things are going to fall apart, but I do it anyway. It’s sort of like every time you go on the Turkish Twist at Canobie Lake, you know you’re going to puke, but you do it anyway.
Growing up in Belmont was lovely, however, you know: white middle-class town. I have these sort of loud and lively Italian immigrant parents, so I felt a little bit like I didn’t totally fit in. So that probably helped me become a comedian. Plus, my parents are the funniest people who ever lived, especially my mom. There was a lot of teasing and a lot of yelling and a lot of love. We loved really loudly.
My parents know about the show. They haven’t seen it. They basically love anything I do that makes me happy. Having my mom coming [to the Boston show] makes me really excited. She’s really the one who taught me to laugh at pain, so I know she’s going to be really proud.
— As told to Joel Brown (Interview has been edited and condensed.)
SEE IT Bad Bride plays the ImprovBoston Comedy Lab in Cambridge on February 26 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12. 617-576-1253; improvboston.com