Fast 5 with actress, comedian Bridget McManus


I was lucky enough to meet Bridget McManus a couple of years ago on a cruise from Miami to the Bahamas. We shared a special moment (of hilarity) the very first evening as she hosted karaoke and I embarrassed myself by performing Rick Springfield’s “Jessie’s Girl.”

McManus, the energizer bunny of comedians (and karaoke hosts) faux battled me on stage for the affections of another cruise guest, an impromptu rendering which attempted to bring the 80s love triangle anthem to life in lesbian form.

While that moment on stage may have been the highlight of my entertainment career, McManus’ accomplishments have gone on to far outshine mine. The Los Angeles-based performer who once said that she “wanted to be a stand-up comedian since I was a fetus” is living her embryonic dream.

Perhaps best known to lesbian audiences for her Logo Network series “Bridget McManus Presents: That Time of the Month” and “Brunch with Bridget” and her Tellofilms mockumentary “McManusland,” McManus can now be seen daily on the “Queen Latifah Show,” doing the splits and inspiring laughter as only she can with her high-energy and provocative style.

In addition to her prodigious comedic skills, McManus is also a contributor at and a skilled painter.

As luck would have it, I was able to get the multi-talented McManus to put down the microphones and paint brushes long enough to play along with this week’s Fast 5.

1. Finish this sentence: “I think the key to being happy is…”

Having more peace in one’s life than stress.

2. If you had to give up one of the following for an entire year, which would you choose to live without: cell phone, television, hair products or chocolate?

Does this include shampoo? If not, then I’ll happily get rid of all other hair products ‘cuz I don’t really futz over my hair. I could probably get rid of TV, too, but don’t you dare touch my chocolate!

3. What’s the maximum number of cats you’d feel comfortable owning before worrying that the neighbors were starting to whisper, “There goes the cat lady?”

I’m allergic to cats but, since I am a lesbian and I’m married to a lesbian, I do live with one cat, which I refer to as my step-cat. But I’ll happily own 10 dogs and I don’t care what my neighbors think.

4. Early bird or night owl?

Neither. I’m a 10a.m. to 8p.m. kinda girl.

5. What’s your favorite home-cooked meal?

If my mom is cooking it’s manicotti with garlic bread. If my wife is cooking it’s scrambled eggs. I can’t make eggs so whenever she makes them for me it’s such a wonderful treat.

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