Carole Montgomery performs at Westport’s Treehouse Comedy Club
“Mentally I’m 12, but my body is falling apart,” says Carole Montgomery, a comedian who works out five days a week at the gym. “Wednesday is the one day I veg out; I’m 60, so I can’t really do it every day.”
Montgomery was relaxing when we reached her by phone on a Wednesday. Later that day she was going to teach a business seminar in Westchester, N.Y., for people who work in comedy.
There’s lots of things people don’t know about it, she said, and with 2019 marking her fourth decade in the business, “I kind of know my stuff.”
Over the years she has been featured on Comedy Central, HBO and Showtime, not to mention VH1 and MTV. She also was a finalist on Nick At Nite’s “Funniest Mom In America Contest.”
Montgomery was already a comic before she got married and became a mother. Her son is all grown now. Meanwhile she’s still doing stand-up, including a show at The Treehouse Comedy Club in Westport, on Saturday, Aug. 4. Tim McKeever and Ellen Karis will perform as well.
“I talk about aging; that is a lot of my act now,” said Montgomery, who walks over 10,000 steps a day. She has no interest in Zumba, or other classes where there’s music. “I don’t care about music. I just want to get through it.”
The Treehouse Comedy Club at The Westport Inn, 1595 Post Road E., Westport. Saturday, Aug. 4, 8 p.m. $20. VIP seating with glass of Champagne $29.50. 203-230-8700, www.treehousecomedy.com
Her husband and son are both musicians. “I have a joke about it, but if people want to hear it they should come to the show. I am more of a storyteller than a one-liner type. My heroes are Richard Pryor and George Carlin; they were both storytellers and didn’t pull any punches.”
Montgomery began doing stand-up in 1979 “in a place that’s no longer there,” she said. Pips was a comedy club in Sheepshead Bay, N.Y., where stars such as Joan Rivers and Andrew Dice Clay also started out.
“My dad was a very funny guy,” she said. “He turned me onto comedy; we watched Abbott and Costello and the Marx Brothers. The first time I got onstage was at Pips and I kept doing it. It’s the only thing I ever wanted to do.
“I think I was 21 when I started. I worked and did what I had to do to become a comedian — lots of different clubs. I have a joke I do about it: So now here I am 40 years later, I could have murdered somebody and been out of jail already.”
Montgomery starred in two Las Vegas reviews and did 11 tours overseas with Armed Forces Entertainment. “That was my favorite; the first tour was in Iraq. We had military escorts. They make sure to not have anything happen to the entertainers, because then they would not have any more entertainers.”
One thing she’s especially proud of is the comedy show she created, called “Women of a Certain Age Comedy.”
“We have a residency in New York City at the Kraine Theater on the Lower East Side that just got extended through the 2019 season. That (womenofacertainagecomedy.com) is what I am proudest about, basically because I want to work with my friends. They still don’t book two women on a show. I decided it was time to do that. We’ve been getting a lot of good press, a lot of interest.”
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