FIERTH i-ON Interview with NORA BURNS of UNITARD
Nora Burns is a founding member of the comedy groups Unitard and the Nellie Olesons and has performed across the country in venues from PS122, LaMama, and Joe’s Pub in NYC to Highways, Cavern Club and HBO workspace in LA. She has also performed at the Aspen Comedy Festival, Just for Laughs in Montreal and We’re Funny That Way in Toronto. She just finished performing her first solo show, Honey, I’m Home in NYC and LA. She has appeared in the films Florent: Queen of the Meat Market, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Broken Hearts Club and Boys Life 3, among others. Her television appearances include Logo’s “Wisecrack” comedy show and the “Sandra Bernhard Experience.” Get to know Nora Burns in this weeks Fierth i-ON Interview :
BRIAN MILLS: Where are you based, where do you call home?
NORA BURNS: New York City, always!
BRIAN MILLS: How tall are you?
NORA BURNS: 5’8”
BRIAN MILLS: How do you describe your work?
NORA BURNS: Whacky off-beat comedy
BRIAN MILLS: What about your work (or process) frustrates you?
NORA BURNS: Money or lack thereof
BRIAN MILLS: What accomplishment are you most proud of?
NORA BURNS: That I’ve been able to do this thing that I love for over 20 years
BRIAN MILLS: To get to where you are now, what were some decisions you made that helped you on your path?
NORA BURNS: To eschew material wealth for the sake of campy comedy
BRIAN MILLS: What do you like most about what you do?
NORA BURNS: Making people laugh and/or say ‘oh shit!”
BRIAN MILLS: How do you keep it real?
NORA BURNS: Poverty
BRIAN MILLS: What is the secret to success?
NORA BURNS: As far as financial success you’re asking the wrong person, as far as artistic, just keep doing what you love as long as at least a few people tell you you’re good at it, otherwise, get a real job.
BRIAN MILLS: If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
NORA BURNS: Speak German
BRIAN MILLS: What exactly are you wearing right now?
NORA BURNS: Black, as always
BRIAN MILLS: What motivates you in life?
NORA BURNS: Instant gratification
BRIAN MILLS: If you weren’t doing what you are doing now, what do you think you would be doing?
NORA BURNS: Eating chocolate
BRIAN MILLS: Have you ever felt hopeless? How did you get through it?
NORA BURNS: Seldom, but taking a walk around NYC cures everything that ails me, how can anyone be sad, lonely or bored in NYC?
BRIAN MILLS: If someone wrote a biography on your life, what do you think the title should be?
NORA BURNS: The Late Bloomer
BRIAN MILLS: How would your best friend describe you?
NORA BURNS: Energetic and up for almost anything
BRIAN MILLS: What are some qualities you value in your friends?
NORA BURNS: Humor, intelligence and liberal politics (which goes with intelligence)
BRIAN MILLS: What were you like as a child?
NORA BURNS: Bossy (only child)
BRIAN MILLS: Where did you grow up?
NORA BURNS: Cambridge Mass
BRIAN MILLS: What did you do growing up that got you into trouble?
NORA BURNS: Gossiping
BRIAN MILLS: My generation was …
NORA BURNS: Weird
BRIAN MILLS: The kids today …
NORA BURNS: Stare at screens a lot
BRIAN MILLS: What makes you angry?
NORA BURNS: Republicans and greedy landlords
BRIAN MILLS: What’s the strangest thing you’ve done this month?
NORA BURNS: Gone to a medieval ritual in a park in Queens
BRIAN MILLS: What is the worst advice you have ever gotten?
NORA BURNS: Go with the flow
BRIAN MILLS: Are you a morning or night person?
NORA BURNS: Both, I just hate afternoon
BRIAN MILLS: What were you doing last night at Midnight?
NORA BURNS: Zzzzz
BRIAN MILLS: What do you daydream about?
NORA BURNS: Being paid for doing what I love
BRIAN MILLS: What do you think is the meaning of life?
NORA BURNS: Happiness, I don’t believe in an afterlife, so it’s all about enjoying this time
BRIAN MILLS: What is your beauty secret?
NORA BURNS: Excersize and no smoking
BRIAN MILLS: Describe your home in 6 words or less.
NORA BURNS: Small, messy, well-located
BRIAN MILLS: Do you collect anything? If so, what?
NORA BURNS: Friends
BRIAN MILLS: What’s the weirdest item you’ve ever mourned losing?
NORA BURNS: I lose everything so I try not to get attached. I just lost my son’s retainer and a beautiful photo of an old friend
BRIAN MILLS: What is your greatest extravagance?
NORA BURNS: Gym membership, my sanity
BRIAN MILLS: What is your guilty pleasure?
NORA BURNS: Drag Race
BRIAN MILLS: If you could buy anything regardless of cost, what would you buy?
NORA BURNS: A beautiful loft!
BRIAN MILLS: What is your favorite swear word?
NORA BURNS: F&#%-ing sh^$t
BRIAN MILLS: You can trade places with any other person, living or dead, for 24 hours. Who would you choose ?
NORA BURNS: Malia Obama, I want Michelle to be my mama
BRIAN MILLS: Who are your main inspirations?
NORA BURNS: Great thinkers and doers: Jimmy Carter, Barak Obama (pre-pipeline, Noam Chomsky
BRIAN MILLS: Which stars, if any, leave you star struck?
NORA BURNS: Tina Fey, Key & Peele
BRIAN MILLS: Whom do you despise?
NORA BURNS: Cheney, and 99.9% of all Republicans, though I can’t think of the .1% I like, maybe someone’s clueless mom
BRIAN MILLS: What’s the sweetest thing anyone’s ever done for you?
NORA BURNS: Told me I had a booger coming out my nose
BRIAN MILLS: Do you believe in karma? (If so, how have you seen it?)
NORA BURNS: Nope, sadly, or Bush,Cheney et al would have died grisly deaths
BRIAN MILLS: Which places have you traveled to that you feel had changed your perspective of the world?
NORA BURNS: China
BRIAN MILLS: Which causes do you believe in the most in, and why?
NORA BURNS: Animal, Environment, they need us bc they can’t do it alone
BRIAN MILLS: What is the funniest joke you have ever heard?
NORA BURNS: Can never remember jokes, argh!
BRIAN MILLS: You can re-live any point of time in your life. The time-span can only be a half-hour, though. What half-hour of your past would you like to experience again?
NORA BURNS: Dancing with my best friend
BRIAN MILLS: How can we find out more about you?
Face book: Nora Burns
Webpage: noraburns.net, Unitardcomedy.com