Maude Landry, the irresistible humor geek
Comedian Maude Landry.
That's it! After a two-year wait, comedian Maude Landry officially presents her first solo show, L’involution. Métro met her in a café in Centre-Sud, two days after her media premiere at the Gesù.
Considering herself “very lucky and well surrounded”, Maude Landry maintains that she learned a lot from the time she spent doing humor in bars (and “breaking the neck”), supported by her “brothers” comedians, in front of an audience not always receptive…
“I found some nerds with whom to geek about humor. I found my family. I had friends who mebooked to shows. I barely had to ask to be allowed to speak on stage.”
An interactive audience
During from the premiere at the Gesù last week, Maude Landry was regularly challenged by members of the public.
“There were people who spoke to me during my premiere. Who addressed me! It happens to me all the time! I try to give them their time,” she explains.
Even if her connection with her audience is no longer to be proven, the comedian finds that she still has to convince certain spectators. that a woman can be funny.
“They tell me after the show: “I usually don’t like girls, but you made you laugh.” And we are a lot of girls to be told that, so we must be a lot to be no worse good.
Maude Landry is indeed “no worse good” when she approaches in L’involutionthemes such as the animal world, mental health and celibacy, a subject that she will keep even if she ends up in a relationship, she assures, giving the example of a song about a breakup that continues to be played even if its interpreter is no longer in love.
As for animals, the comedian admits that she sometimes prefers their presence to that of humans.
“It's not that I don't like humans, but animals don't ask themselves if it's okay what they're doing,” she said. I don't let myself be judged by an animal.”
The comedian seeks to apply this philosophy on stage, so as not to be “imprisoned by the gaze of others”.
Comedian Maude Landry frankly answering questions from Subway. Photo: Alexis Aubin, Metro
Mental Health and Thirties
During the pandemic, Maude Landry was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, something she openly discusses on stage.
“I find that the joke is the only way to play down situations,” she says. It is the antagonist of crying, laughter, but it is the same muscles that work”.
While her diagnosis during the pandemic was a difficult event, the 31-year-old also sees a positive side to it.
“I had no shows and was expected nowhere. It forced me to reconnect with myself. I was very much my enemy before.”
In her one-woman-show, Maude Landry is sorry to have reached her thirties, which is rather ironic , even a little cheeky, when we observe the few white heads present at its premiere.
“There isn't a day when I don't have the thought that at some point I'm going to die,” recalls Maude Landry, remembering, however, that you have to enjoy life, since it passes “so quickly “.
“Before, I had to hurt myself to have pain. There, sometimes, I just hurt, there is no injury. It's rusty. Basically, we spend most of our lives decrepit,” she notes.
Best intermission ever
L 'one of the best moments of the show The Involution,directed by Guillaume Lambert, it's the intermission. Saying the same, it sounds a little weird, but rest assured: there's no real intermission. Instead, Maude Landry offers a musical interlude, a welcome change of tone inspired by François Pérusse.
As long as you make a tune, it has to be so funny that it couldn't have been a number. If I can make the same idea funny in stand-up, fuck the guitar! But there, there were rhymes, there was a musicality, there was something stupid. I find it fun when it's stupid, but you had to think about it.
The idea is to surprise the public, explains the comedian , which puts a certain pressure on him.
“Myself, I try to surprise myself. I try to go where I am not expected, but we are expected everywhere, the comedians.
A challenge, yes, but one that Maude Landry takes up hands down.