Five minutes into our interview before her headlining show at Cobb’s comedy club in San Francisco, Heather McDonald is strutting through the green room, doing her best impression of Bethenny Frankel of The Real Housewives of New York. “You watch that show?” she had asked, and as soon as I said that I’d love to see her impression of the Skinny Girl magnate, she was flouncing up and down the room shouting “I give zero fucks” in a pitch-perfect impersonation of Frankel’s signature bravado. “I might do that tonight,” McDonald said. “We’ll see.”
McDonald’s impressions — she does Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore, and Kris Jenner (whom she’s friends with) among many others — are a huge draw for her fans. So is her podcast — Juicy Scoop — and her two best-selling books You’ll Never Blueball in This Town Again and My Inappropriate Life. But these are just highlights of McDonald’s decades-spanning career. She’s written for The Lyricist Lounge Show, performed with The Groundlings, and was a writer and performer on Chelsea Lately for the show’s entire run. In addition, she’s constantly touring (a little easier now that her kids are older) and recently released a well-reviewed special entitled I Don’t Mean to Brag (which you can stream on Netflix). Spoiler alert: She lives near a Target.
McDonald talked to us about her new tour, how hard she has to grind to continue building her name, and the way that her stand-up has changed as she’s gotten freer with her material. She also touched upon her “feud” with Chelsea Handler, for which she made headlines after quotes she made on a podcast regarding how terrifying it is to work as a writer were taken out of context.