Despite being famous for her wild cabaret performances, Bridget Everett does remember one instance when she took things too far.
“I remember years ago when I was on stage and I was still finding my way and I was going pretty wild and my friend [drag king] Murray Hill sat me down afterward and said, ‘Ok kid, I think you’ve gone a step too far,’” she remembered with a laugh.
The performer, 49, declined to go into details but did reveal that “it involved a razor and there was some nudity.”
Everett, who has been electrifying audiences in New York for years now, has a shot at a larger audience with the HBO show “Somebody Somewhere,” which is loosely based on her life and hometown of Manhattan, Kansas.
The “Patti Cake$” star admitted to still being in a state of shock over her success, because until she moved to New York, she was constantly told she was too much, too out there, too loud — too everything.
Part of “too much” includes her free approach to her body, she says.
“My mom always used to walk around in the ’80s with no bra and was not body-conscious at all, and for me, that’s been just it. It’s just a body.
“Some people’s are high and tight, mine are hanging,” the “Lady Dynamite” actress matter-of-factly says of her breasts. “We all have blood and a heart that beats, so what’s the big deal?”
Interestingly, despite her electric stage presence Everett is surprisingly low-key in her personal life.
“When I’m on stage, I’m in control, I can do whatever I want, I can sing what’s on my mind, I drink as much as I want and then I go home and sort of reflect on it and that’s good enough for me,” she said with a laugh.
Her tendency towards being a homebody is one reason she appreciates her close friendship with Amy Schumer.
“Amy gets me out of the house,” Everett explained. “If it was up to me, I’d stick at home, stare at the walls and daydream, but she’s like ‘C’mon, let’s go out and take a walk in the park, let’s go out and drink some wine, let’s experience life a little,’ so that’s good for me in a way.”
But the Tender Moments frontwoman confessed that her friends know it’s best to come to Everett’s Upper West Side apartment if they want to see her.
“If you bring a bottle of chardonnay and Cheetos or edibles then the door is open,” she exclaimed.
“Somewhere Somebody” premieres on HBO Max on January 16.
Charlie Puth has dropped a new single, “Light Switch.” The upbeat pop song, which sees Puth crooning about his attraction to a love interest, was produced by Puth and co-written with longtime collaborator JKash and Jake Torrey. Listen here.
“You turn me on like a light switch,” Puth sings over a pulsating beat. “When you’re moving your body around and around / I don’t want to fight this.”
Puth documented the making of the song on TikTok for several months ahead of its release.
“On the songwriting level, it was really cool to share this song with the fans while I made it,” the singer noted in a statement, “So they felt like they were involved at the very beginning of the song, like they almost wrote it with me.”
“Light Switch” is the first new song to be released from Puth’s upcoming album, Charlie, out later this year via Atlantic Records. The LP marks the singer’s first full-length release since the Grammy-nominated Voicenotes in 2018.
The 30-year-old said Charlie is his most personal album to date. “I’ve never had a chance to put out music that is truly me and every song on this album is my personality with some melody attached to it,” he confirmed.
Last fall, Puth teamed up with Elton John for “After All,” from John’s album of collaborations, The Lockdown Sessions. John and Puth met at a Los Angeles restaurant in early March 2020 and soon discovered they lived near each other. They began collaborating at the start of the pandemic, and “After All” was the first song either artist completed during lockdown.
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