As her tagline says, "like wine, comedy gets better with age." A mature lady, she's definitely someone with a unique perspective on life. Her self-deprecating humor is relayed with confidence and a super chill, easy-going energy. Now living in South Florida, Bruno started doing stand up in the late '90s in Iowa of all places. She comes from a show biz family. Her father and his twin brother performed as a musical comedy duo and her uncle Wally Brown was a road comic in the '60s. We asked the funny lady a few questions about whether or not she's actually funny, who gets her laughing, and she let us in on a secret of Jessica Gross'.
Would your friends describe you as "funny?"
I have been told by friends and family that I have always been funny, even as a young kid. I don't remember that far back, but I seem to be able to make spontaneous smart-a** remarks on any given occasion.
Can you tell us your favorite joke or comedian, one that always makes you laugh?
My of my favorite comedians is Eddy Izzard. He is hilarious. A joke I always laugh at is by a local comic Josh Geller, something like, "We don't need the first 4 steps when we get directions on Google maps, or Mapquest. I think we all know how to get out of our own neighborhood." Every time I think of that joke, I crack up. Well, internally, that is. Comics' way of showing appreciation of a joke is by thinking, "Hmm, that was really funny!" Then maybe we will nod, and if it was REALLY funny, we will nod twice.
What's the most embarrassing moment you've ever had onstage?
I have had so many embarrassing moments onstage, but I remember once when I did not handle a heckler very well. He kept insulting me, and I thought, "What can I say, he's right!" and left the stage without being able to answer. Of course, hours later, I thought of some brilliant responses.
When and how did you start doing comedy?
I started comedy in 1997 in Iowa. I know, do they have comedy in Iowa? It was in a small town, Fairfield, and I saw a comedy show advertised, with several people I knew in the show. They had just taken this guy's class, and it was their graduation show. I thought, "If he could make these guys funny, then I will take the class." They are not funny people in real life, but they were actually pretty funny during the show, so I took the class, and was hooked.
Do you have a day job?
Sort of. Before I make it big in comedy, I have to bring in a little cash, so I do CranioSacral Therapy, which is an amazing gentle touch therapy that helps to release restrictions in the craniosacral system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system. It is very relaxing, and addresses most symptoms. And, until that takes off as my support system, I started as a Balloon Artist, making balloon shapes in restaurants. There must be a joke there, or many...p.s. My comedy website PamBruno.com just got jealous and wanted equal mention... Now Facebookand Twitter. Come on, you guys!
What's it like for a woman in comedy?
Wow, I keep hearing that it's a young man's profession, but I feel there is a place for everyone. No one else has the same message that I have for the world, so I just keep writing and getting on any stage possible until someone goes "SHE IS FUNNY! WE NEED HER!" and, I forgot to add "WE WILL PAY MILLIONS FOR HER!" It's happening!
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I have so many memories of fun times with Jessica, but I guess there is one "quirk" of hers that I really enjoy. We were on a long road trip, and I was driving. I noticed Jessica was saying random things like, "Main Street", then "KFC", "Boyd Funeral Home", "Festival Flea Market." "What are you doing?" "Oh, nothing. Ever since I was little, my dad would just read whatever he saw when we were driving, and I inherited that trait." It has nothing to do with anything, but it is one of the things I love about Jessica!
This week, Bruno will be at Jessica Gross' new monthly comedy night at Lester's (2519 NW 2 Ave, Miami) The Moustache Ride Comedy Show. The funny people will converge upon Wynwood's newest bar and coffee shop on August 10 at 7:30 p.m. The night will include South Florida's funniest: Forrest Shaw, Matt Z., Dominic Perenzin, Irene Morales, Gene Harding, Dan Decotiis, Scot Lenter, and Lisa Corrao.