Bridget Everett storms into Andiamo
Describing Bridget Everett as a “singing comedian” would be like calling Hurricane Katrina simply “bad weather.”
She’s a whirlwind of a performer, with an act that showcases her vocal power, comedic timing and fearless interaction with the audience. Sit in the crowd at a Bridget Everett show, and you may find the star in your lap.
“It’s sort of a punk rock cabaret show,” says Everett, who brings her act to the Andiamo Celebrity Showroom on Saturday. “It’s like being at the end of the bar with a new friend that maybe talks a little too much, and you know you’re going to have a great time.”
Everett’s career has slowly been gaining steam and she has gotten a shot in the arm the past few years after appearing on “Inside Amy Schumer” and Schumer’s film “Trainwreck” (they’re buddies). Last year, Everett starred in a Comedy Central special titled “Bridget Everett: Gynecological Wonder,” and toured with the Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival.
“It’s been a long slow road for me,” says Everett. “I started singing in karaoke bars, and I used to go totally (expletive) nuts. I would get on top of the bar and rip my shirt and I thought ‘how can I do this for a living?’ ”
“I started in New York in the cabaret scene, and I just sort of very slowly started going a little nuts on stage and then one day I was doing a show and my pants fell off and at first I was like ‘oh (no),’ but then I was like ‘oh my God, this is (expletive) awesome’ so I kept going and that was the beginning of the beast known as Bridget Everett.”
Besides singing and acting bawdy, Everett’s show, which is only for mature audiences, often involves crowd interaction. During her set at the DTE Energy Music Theatre when Oddball come to town over the summer, some fans got up close and personal with the performer when she skipped into the audience to serenade people.
“I find that people really want to let go and this is a show that gives them an opportunity to do that,” she says when asked if she ever worries about making people uncomfortable. “There’s nothing malicious or mean-spirited about the show. Everything’s meant to leave people feeling great. But it’s not for everyone, not everybody wants a 6-foot-tall blonde without a bra in their face.”
“But you’d be surprised how many people enjoy that.”
8 p.m. Sat.
Andiamo Celebrity Showroom
7096 E. 14 Mile, Warren
Andiamo offers more
Bridget Everett’s Saturday show and a performance by classic rock group Three Dog Night kick off a season of varied entertainment at the Andiamo Celebrity Showroom.
The east-side venue is one of the few in town that offers dinner with the show. Guests can eat at the Andiamo restaurant next door, or in the showroom itself. The 800-seat venue is set up cabaret style. It opened in 1995 and was expanded in 1999 to be able to host bigger, national acts.
Doors typically open at 7 p.m. with a light appetizer menu available before the show begins at 8 p.m.
“Entertainers like coming here. They will tell us it’s like the old days, like the Copacabana,” says owner Joe Vicari. “When they come here, they know people are real fans.”
“We get people from Canada, from South Lyon, all over Metro Detroit, depending on the entertainment,” says Vicari, who cites the Beach Boys and Joan Rivers as examples of memorable earliler performers. “She was one of the most gracious people ... on-stage, she’s a tiger, but off-stage, she’s like ‘is there a place around here to go antique-ing?’ ”
Vicari likens Rivers to the acerbic Don Rickles, who also has performed at the venue. “On-stage (they) were aggressive and brash, but off-stage, they’re really nice people.”
Here’s what is coming up at Andiamo Celebrity Showroom:
Avery Sunshine, Jan. 30
Gallagher with Artie Fletcher, Feb. 6
Jim Freeman with Jeff Pirrami, Feb. 12
Elvis to the Max, Feb. 13
Peabo Bryson, Feb. 14
“Tony N’ Tina’s Wedding,” Feb. 19
2016 Wedding Show, March 6
Andrew Dice Clay, March 18
The Guess Who, March 19
Pieces of a Dream and Chante Moore, April 9
The Temptations, April 22
Dr. Dirty, John Valby, April 23
The Scintas, June 17