Paula Bel has never had a problem with edgy comedy. She was raised around that type of humor, even if she didn't always understand it. "I grew up in New York and my mom was real crass. She would say, 'Go get the mail.' When I came back with it she'd ask, 'Well, where is he?' I was six years old; I didn't know what a double entendre was. I was always around smart-ass people." For Bel, there was no other career choice. "I used to be a really lovely lady until the whiskey kicked in," she laughs. "No, I was always edgy. When I was kid I sat in front of the TV, ate sugar, and watched Redd Foxx." Today, nothing is off limits. "I put an edge to everything," she explains. "I have grown daughters. I talk about them, I talk about how I have two livers and no heart, I talk about what I see on TV, and how gross I think women are right now. The world has turned into mutating breeders." She says reality TV is a big culprit. "Before, you just heard about the guy who was hoarding cats. Now, you have to see it."18+; 21+ later shows.
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