Dat­ing, men­tal ill­ness, and a self-help ad­dic­tion are the stuff of com­edy for Liz Miele

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START 2019 right with a bel­ly­ful of laughs and a side of ex­is­ten­tial cri­sis thanks to US co­me­dian Liz Miele.

She will have a one-night show on Jan. 17 at Johnny B. Good in Glo­ri­etta 3, Makati City. Ms. Miele’s show, ti­tled

Self-Help Me, fo­cuses on her ex­ten­sive trav­els around the world, how her dat­ing be­hav­ior has changed now that she’s in her 30s, and her strug­gle with men­tal ill­ness and her self-help ad­dic­tion.

“A friend de­fined my comedic style as ‘self-dep­re­cat­ing sto­ry­telling’ like that,” Ms. Miele said in a press re­lease.

“I pay at­ten­tion to things that piss me off, con­fuse me, make me sad, make me con­cerned, make me ex­cited. I usu­ally fol­low my ex­treme feel­ings and dis­sect why I feel that way and through un­der­stand­ing my­self and [my] mo­tives I come up with a lot of jokes,” she ex­plained.

She started watch­ing co­me­di­ans like Ge­orge Car­lin at the ten­der age of 13 and writ­ing jokes to show to friends be­fore start­ing to do stand-up at 16.

At 16, she started tak­ing the train to New York City from New Jer­sey and do­ing standup there ev­ery week­end. When she hit 18 she moved to New York for col­lege and started per­form­ing nightly.

At 22 she ap­peared on Com­edy Cen­tral’s Live at Gotham and most re­cently ap­peared on the chan­nel’s This Week at the Com­edy Cel­lar and in Hulu’s Com­ing to the Stage, among

other shows.

She also re­cently re­leased her de­but com­edy al­bum, Emo­tion­ally Ex­haust­ing, on iTunes and Ama­zon which fea­tures her jok­ing about “Fem­i­nist Sex Po­si­tions” which went vi­ral in 2014 and cur­rently has more than a mil­lion views.

This might be her first time per­form­ing in the Philip­pines, but Ms. Miele has enough ex­pe­ri­ences with Filipinos — her room­mate is Filipino and so is her brother-in-law — to ex­pect a re­ally good romp and au­di­ence.

“They both have big laughs and they think I’m funny so I’m hop­ing they are like them!” she said. Liz Miele’s Self-Help Me

will be held on Jan. 17, 8 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.), at the Johnny B. Good in Glo­ri­etta 3, Makati. The show is hosted by Alexio Taba­funda with Red Ollero and An­dren Bernardo as open­ing acts. For tick­ets, which cost P1,000, call 0920-971-7055 or 0917-570-3057 or con­tact Tick­et­world (www.tick­et­world. com.ph).

US CO­ME­DIAN Liz Miele hopes her ex­pe­ri­ence with a Filipino room­mate and brother-in-law are por­tents of how lo­cal au­di­ences will take her brand of com­edy.

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