Memphis native Leslie Jones, aka Big Les, began doing comedy more than two decades ago when she was a student at Colorado State, but only released her first stand-up comedy DVD, Problem Child, in February -- when it also appeared on Showtime.
Jones took some time recently to talk to me about her special and lessons she has learned in her years on the road, including opening for Katt Williams on his "final" stand-up theater tour. But first, here's a clip in which Big Les talks about being, well, Big Les. Roll it! (Note: Contains profanities)
After her opening bit, Jones talks about not just basketball, but also wanting to be Nadia Comaneci when she was younger, cartwheeling around the stage and using the shower rod for a joke. How would you compare athletics with stand-up comedy? "I guess the training. You have to have that mental strength. You have to have that stamina to deal with the road. You have to give your A game. You have to perform. Yeah. When I was thinking of Lindsay Vonn, when she was injured, everyone had that pressure on her. But she still had to get onstage and perform."
Did you watch a lot of the Winter Olympics, then? "I love the Olympics. The Olympics to me is like soldiers that we send out. I hate when people don't watch the Olympics because they're un-American. I couldn't believe when Ellen (DeGeneres) went out and said my show is changing times from here to there so we can have six hours of ice dancing. Is you insulting the Olympics, Ellen? We accepted you, heifer."
What did you make of Tiger Woods coming out and offering another public apology? "That Tiger Woods stuff is so petty. I don't understand why he's apologizing. He should be apologizing to his wife. He shouldn't be apologizing to us. The only thing he should be announcing is when he's going to be playing golf. Why is everyone making a big deal about this? I don't know why anyone is surprised. He has access to millions of dollars. He can get girls. If he walked in here today, I'd do him. It does not matter what sport you're in. As many millions of dollars he has...I'm surprised they didn't catch him sooner. Do you know how many girls Magic Johnson had?" Enough to get AIDS, I replied. "Exactly. I still think (Tiger) going to do it. He going to do more. Especially if she divorces him, she done make more money without him than with him. That's the reason Michael Jordan's wife waited. She could walk away with that paycheck. And she blonde too? Man, she going to get paid."