Best standup comic | (tie) Josie Leavitt, Rusty DeWees | Arts + Entertainment

Best standup comic

(tie) Josie Leavitt, Rusty DeWees


Josie Leavitt and Rusty DeWees

Jason Lorber

Whether helping to develop young comedians or slaying audiences of her own, the matriarch of Vermont’s burgeoning stand-up comedy scene is among the area’s most accomplished comics. She also owns one of Chittenden County’s coolest bookstores, the Flying Pig in Shelburne.

SEVEN DAYS: Let’s say NBC just picked up your pilot for a show called “Oh, That Joanie!” It’s about the zany misadventures of a woman who runs a bookstore by day and does standup by night. Sadly, the suits at NBC won’t let you play the lead role, but they will let you cast it, provided it’s a reasonably well-known actress. Who do you choose, and why?

JOSIE LEAVITT: Janeane Garofalo. She’s really smart and seems like an actress who reads a lot. Plus, she’s got enough attitude that she could handle the eight hours a day of customer service while still having a lot of laughs. She also has the right amount of flakiness to forget important things sometimes, like paying the rent.

— Dan Bolles

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