Com­edy’s break­out star on teach­ing, laugh­ing and the lessons of gar­den­ing

Chattanooga Times Free Press - Parade - - Advertisement - By Veron­ica Cham­bers

The 38-year-old star of Girls Trip stirs up more laughs in the new movie com­edy Night School, in the­aters now.

In Night School, you play a teacher. What was that like?

If you ask my friends, they would tell you I’m a teacher nat­u­rally, be­cause I know a lot of ran­dom stuff that you wouldn’t think I would know.

You’re also a gar­dener.

When I’m home [in Los An­ge­les], I tend to the gar­den ev­ery day. I pull the weeds. I ac­tu­ally talk to my plants. I tell them jokes; they don’t laugh. Hav­ing a gar­den is [a re­minder that] how­ever much at­ten­tion you put into it is what you get back. It’s very much like life.

What do you like about stand-up?

I love hear­ing peo­ple laugh. I think it’s the most beau­ti­ful sound in the world. And when you can get 5,000 peo­ple to laugh all at once in uni­son, that sound is beau­ti­ful. I think it’s ab­so­lutely heal­ing. You get them all to go on a jour­ney with you and laugh. That’s magic, girl.

What is her most un­usual pos­ses­sion? Visit Pa­­dish to wnd out.

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