Michelle Buteau on ‘Welcome to Buteaupia’ and #Mom-ing while Black

Michelle Buteau waxes poetic on parenting and pet peeves in her Netflix special, 'Welcome to Buteaupia'

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Michelle Buteau is bringing her brand of funny to the masses with her first Netflix comedy special, Michelle Buteau: Welcome to Buteaupia. In it, she waxes poetic on everything from pet peeves to parenting her twins and she’s just what the doctor ordered to wind down from a rough week.

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“Letting loose with a goblet of frosé in hand, she delivers a dynamic hour of comedy that delves into parenthood, cultural difference, and the overlooked value of short men,” Netflix said in a statement. “Her refreshingly honest approach reminds us to appreciate government workers named Otis and, most importantly, that character counts.”

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 10: Michelle Buteau attends the 2019 Glamour Women Of The Year Summit at Alice Tully Hall on November 10, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Glamour)

The multi-talented beauty, who is known for her stints on Key & Peele and Broad City, is sure to have a ton of real-life content to pull from to get us laughing again. Considering she has had to endure the coronavirus pandemic as a mother of twins, we couldn’t wait to talk to her about how she’s managing all the madness.

theGrio caught up with Buteau moments after we learned that no one would be charged for the death of Breonna Taylor.

“Now that I’m a mom, I sometimes cannot fall asleep. What would it be like if somebody just came charging through my through my bedroom door? But. With that said, when you’re talking about the special, sometimes because I am sensitive, it feels like this is inappropriate to drop a special right now when we’re going through the worst year, I think, ever in history,” she said.

“I don’t even know how to wrap my mind around the levels of insanity of what this year is. I can only hope that when things get worse, they only can get better. And so my husband, who is amazing, is a constant reminder that people need to laugh. They need to forget. They need to have a drink and take their bra and sit on the couch of their futon and have fun. It feels inappropriate, but I have my girlfriends who always remind me that joy is also a passive resistance. So, you know, I’m I’m here for it…If you want to come and have fun and just, you know, not necessarily necessarily forget, but just, you know, forget for an hour the dumpster fire that is America then I am here for you, honey. And if you don’t get it, then that’s your fault.”

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JANUARY 13: Comedian Michelle Buteau speaks onstage during Ms. Foundation For Women’s 24th Comedy Night at Carolines on Broadway on January 13, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Ms. Foundation for Women)

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Buteau’s career has been on fire lately and she has several films on the horizon, but her world still revolves around her 20-month-old twins.

 “Oh, my God, it’s everything. It’s who I am. They’re my soul,” she spoke of her little ones.

“I’m going to be their greatest support and they will hopefully look at my example of you don’t need rich friends. You don’t have to make a sex tape. You could stay in your own lane… You could speak the truth. You could be vulnerable. You could be funny. You could be all those things. You could be whatever you need to be in order to be successful and happy and to feel complete.”

She also opened up about the struggles we’re all enduring while trying to parent kids in quarantine.

“There is never going to feel like there’s a right way because everything right is wrong. You want to send your kids to school and you feel bad about it. You want to keep him home and you feel bad about that…I mean, it’s never gonna feel 100 percent right. And that is OK.” 

Michelle Buteau: Welcome to Buteaupia is streaming now on Netflix.

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