Katie Hartman is a comedian and actor in New York City who gives a shit about social justice. She describes her body as a red bean ice cream mochi which is a hilarious description that surprisingly has yet to be used yet on this podcast! Katie discusses how being a female even outside of the public sphere has always perpetuated scrutiny about her body and her and Jana exchange stories about this.
Katie loves comedy but especially writing and developing roles for herself and for her comedy partner, Leah Rudick, because then you can think outside of the assigned framework or move beyond typecasting. Katie is an auditioning actor and she discusses getting called in for comedy parts and now some medical dramas! Katie discusses some of the more extreme castings she's been called in for in her life and how most casting notices for women say "attractive" in the character description unless it's specifically unattractive. For more on this type of casting, read Rachel Dratch's book Girl Walks Into a Bar. Katie sustains her lifestyle by acting and teaching on the side and she is definitely one of the hardest working performers in NYC.
The ladies discuss other women of size in the entertainment industry and Katie shouts out Bridget Everette, an amazing and hilarious woman of size who has been on her hustle for many years and now has a large enough following that she is hopefully about to get her own show soon. Jana and Katie rave about her pilot for a show called Love You More. All of this comes down to the general advice to other female comedians: WRITE FOR YOURSELF! Katie and Jana talk about the exhaustion of the comedy hustle and how delightful it is to have nights off.
The broads also dig into the issue of sexism and sexual assault in the entertainment industry. Katie and Jana discuss how shitty it can be for anyone who isn't a white man to navigate this system. The two mourn the talented women who may have been turned off by the challenges of "breaking in" while showing gratitude for women who are teaching us that we can thrive in authenticity. Of course the Trump Presidency came up. Ugh. We can't avoid it!
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