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Be­fore she fin­ishes that book she’s writ­ing and re­leases her third Net­flix stand-up spe­cial, funny lady Il­iza Sh­lesinger is head­ing to Mon­treal for the Just for Laughs fest in late July. Al­low her to tell you why you should make it a pri­or­ity:

“Peo­ple laugh for two rea­sons: They laugh be­cause some­thing’s for­eign and weird, or they laugh out of fa­mil­iar­ity. That’s when you’re speak­ing to some­one’s soul, and that’s what I try to do in my com­edy, es­pe­cially for women. I’m say­ing to them, ‘Hey, I rec­og­nize your be­hav­iour and I do it too, and it’s okay.’ At 33, I felt this re­spon­si­bil­ity to say ‘Okay, we’ve lived through our 20s to­gether and I made fun of it, but let’s talk about some­thing em­pow­er­ing now that I’ve lived a lit­tle bit long­er. Here’s me as an adult ex­plain­ing to you why you shouldn’t let peo­ple give you shit.’ Girls need some­one to tell them it’s okay.”

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