Girl We Love: Kelsey Darragh
Posted by Brette Borow on August 7, 2012 at 2:47 PM
Are you excited for the launch of GirlsGuideTo TV tomorrow? I’ve seen a sneak peek and I can hardly stand waiting to see the rest of it! To give you a little background into the lives of the fabulous girls who are involved with the show, we’re going to feature one of them each week as a “Girl We Love,” starting with the hilarious Kelsey Darragh. Kelsey is an amazing comedian, who wrote and starred in “Sh*t Girlfriends Say”…a video that maybe hit a little too close to home. Gowatch itand then come back to read all about Kelsey. She’s smart and ballsy and dishes out some great advice on keeping your self esteem high and staying afloat in the dating pool. Here’s why Kelsey is a girl we love! ~Brette
First of all, we love your video “Sh*t Girlfriends Say.” It’s incredibly hilarious and (maybe sadly) accurate. Did you ever imagine that it would go viral?
Thank you! I never imagined so many people would connect with the video. It just goes to show that relationships bring out the best and worst in EVERYBODY!
Because of your career as a comedian, you’re on stage and in public often. We know that speaking in front of a crowd is definitely a scary issue for many women. Do you have any advice for getting over stage fright?
I’ve been in theater for as long as I can remember and I STILL have stage fright! My advice is to be confident in whatever you’re doing up there. Improv, public speaking, dance…whatever it may be- BELIEVE IN YOUR TALENT! Know your lines, practice in front of a mirror, record yourself, perform in front of close friends (who won’t be afraid to critique you)! Before I perform anywhere I think in my head, “This is the only time you will be performing in front of this specific group of people at this very moment in time. If I don’t put it all out there, I’m going to get off stage kicking myself in the ass for not going 100%.” Alcohol helps too ;)
On a similar note, being so public and being in a job where you entertain, how to do you keep your self-esteem high when you are critiqued?
It really comes with the job. I’d be lying if I said I never took a second look at my teeth, or my chin, or my weight after reading a mean comment. I’M A FEMALE! IT’S IN OUR DNA TO CARE ABOUT OUR APPEARANCE! However, I believe in my talents. I work because I love this shit. There’s nothing else I’d rather do. What I may lack in boob size, I make up for in my kick ass personality! “It ain’t what they call you, but it’s what you answer to!”
There are tons of great female comedians out there right now. Who are your role models?
Chelsea Handler taught me that I don’t have to censor myself or hide my personality to please other people. I still belong to a country club, can wear pretty dresses, and will hack a loogie all at the same time.
I love Lucille Ball, Jennifer Coolidge, Whitney Cummings, Emma Stone and Chelsea Peretti.
In your sketches, you talk about drinking, so spill: What’s your go-to drink?
BEER! I can throw a 6 pack back like nobodies business. Beer connects people in so many ways. Beer pong, flip cup, keg stands. It’s how I usually meet men too. And ladies, it’s not just a man’s drink -- I’ve had everything from blueberry beer, apricot beer, and even banana beer!
We’re so glad you joined the show and we love your humor. Why were you interested in being on the show?
I f*****g love Girls Guide To. It’s not filled with bullshit like the other female driven magazines, websites, or T.V. shows. It’s real! It’s always current, funny, and nothing is off limits.
Do your friends, family, and dates every worry about being material? How do you balance your private friendships with your very public act?
I am who I am because of my family. They shaped me in every single way. They definitely hate the cussing and the fart jokes, but it’s me! And they wouldn’t change a thing!
My mom and dad are both respected figures in my community back home in Tampa so they can’t repost tweets or videos talking about blowjobs, but they support me as much as they can.
My best friend also happened to be my first boyfriend. And he wants nothing to do with the entertainment business. He’s someone I care so much about that I would never compromise his privacy. I’ll take situations we’ve been in and change the place, person, and context and use it as a joke or sketch. As far as random guys or dates…fair play! I do warn them what I do in the first 15 seconds of conversation usually.
You’re currently single -- what are your top three tips for surviving the dating scene?
1. Don’t go looking. If it happens, it happens. I see too many girls out here DYING for a boyfriend. FOCUS ON YOU! Your career, your friendships, and yourself! I love this quote: “He offered her the world, she said she had her own.” BAM!
2. Don’t settle. Never love someone who treats you like you’re ordinary.
3. Get out there. So many nights I come home exhausted and would much rather curl up with a bottle of wine, my cats, and watch Family Guy re-runs. But I’ll force myself into a sexy pair of heels, walk down to the bar and watch a baseball game with strangers. You never know who you’re going to meet on your own! Guys can be intimidated if you’re surrounded by your girlfriends all the time. Be able to pick a guy up on your own!
What is your favorite quote or “little life lesson?”
“Well done is better than well said.” – Benjamin Franklin
There’s no magical fairy that is going to come swoop in and grant every wish and dream you ever had. Make them happen yourself.
What are your favorite hotspots? (ie: vacation spots, cities, restaurants, stores, whatever)
Echi Sushi IS THE TITS!! It’s cheap, delicious, and has a great atmosphere. I’m there about 4 days a week. (West Hollywood on Santa Monica)
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