Christine Hurley comes to the Lynn Auditorium on October 19th. To purchase tickets, visit www.lynnauditorium.com
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Christine Hurley loves what she does…making people laugh! Married to Jimmy Hurley and having five kids, Christine is never at a loss for comedic material.
Like any great comedian, Christine has an innate ability to see humor in “everyday” situations. For years, she entertained family, friends and neighbors in their kitchens, at barbeques and the grocery store aisles. The only difference now is she uses a microphone and a stage.
SD: Tell us about the Boston Comedy Blowout?
CH: It’s such a great show! It’s hard to put in words. It’s all local comedians which makes it great. I get to work with my best friends, my heroes, and my mentors.
SD: How did you get into comedy?
CH: That was kind of a crazy thing. I was a very depressed stay-at-home mother of five. My husband worked three jobs and we shared one car. My routine wrote itself between the kids and him. Occasionally, I would get out and go to a cookie swap or a Tupperware party in the neighborhood and I would just tell my stories and it just took on a life of its own. In 2005, I went to New York and auditioned for Nick at Night’s “Funniest Mom in America” not knowing that it was a standup comedy thing. When I got there, they told me I had to do standup, so I faked it until I made it. Lo and below, I was first runner up out of 1200 other moms.
SD: What gets your comic/stand-up juices flowing?
CH: I owe it all to my dad. He was genuinely and brilliantly funny. My dad, Jim NcNamara is a retired District Chief of Boston Fire. Everywhere he went people would gather around him because he was so brilliant, I just loved that. People wanted to listen to what he had to say. I just adored him and thought he was just so funny.
SD: What do you enjoy most about making people laugh?
CH: It’s selfish in a way, but it is the absolute best feeling in the world. People love to laugh, so they love you. I would make people laugh at the grocery store, the bank, everywhere I went. It was like a drug. I like the surprise of it all. You never know what is going to make someone laugh.
SD: Should the term ‘woman comedian’ be put to bed?
CH: I think so, but I get it. I am a little older than some women out there doing this. The term really doesn’t bother me. In fact, for me in Boston, it’s been a plus and not a negative. I am an older married mother, I am kind of in a different category. Anytime a club is looking for something a little different, they reach out to me. I have been treated better because I am a woman.