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“I didn’t feel that way about Ethel,” she added. “Ethel wasn’t beholden to Fred in the same way.”

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Those closest to her were often less than supportive of Essman’s acting ambitions growing up. Her mother, who taught Russian at canada goose outlet florida Sarah Lawrence College, and her father, an internist, wanted Essman to canada goose outlet england apply to law school. Her college boyfriend told her that her dream was ridiculous.

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buy canada goose jacket cheap After graduating SUNY Purchase with a degree in urban studies, Essman spent most of her 20s waitressing in the city, too scared to dive headfirst into acting but not quite able to give up the idea. She took a few classes here and there, but found herself simultaneously bored by them and ridden with performance anxiety. When there were assignments, she’d skip class altogether. “I was so scared to get up and do anything,” she said. She met a man, and the two of them entered into an unhealthy relationship. At one point, she even applied to law school like her parents wanted and got in but she couldn’t bring herself to go. Confused as to where her life was headed, she entered a depression. “I was just so lost,” she said. buy canada goose jacket cheap

In July 1983, a broken Essman entered intensive psychoanalysis at the advice of her therapist. That same month, she got onstage at an open mic at the Mostly Magic comedy club on Carmine Street. She pulled together a couple characters that would get a laugh in her acting classes among them a Jewish mother and a “jappy” girl from Long Island and did five minutes. It was a decision that would change her life, even if canada goose outlet winnipeg address it didn’t seem like it at the time.

About two months later, she received a call from a man she had met that canada goose outlet uk night named Burt Leavitt. He had opened canada goose outlet nyc a club called Comedy U. with a friend in the city, and he wanted Essman to perform, but she was still struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts. “I was in canada goose outlet shop a very bad place,” she said. “I was in the worst place I ever could have been in.” Nevertheless, she agreed it might have even helped her to overcome her usual anxiety. “[I]f I hadn’t been in such dire straits suicidal and depressed and feeling like I had no options in life at all I don’t know if I ever would have gotten up on stage,” she later wrote in her memoir,What Would Susie Say? Bullsht Wisdom About Love, Life and Comedy.

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Over the next half decade, Essman worked relentlessly to perfect her newly discovered talent. “Seven nights a week, many clubs a night,” she said. In 1987, she performed over 400 shows. By 1988, she had appeared on an HBO special. By 1989, she had appeared on Johnny Carson. “She was very much well respected,” said Behar.

She stopped caring so much about what other people thought, too. To stand out, she had to. There had been “nearly a hundredfold increase” in full time comedy clubs since the early 1970s, Rolling Stone wrote in 1988. But there was something a bit different about Essman. With her thick New York accent, she was so distinctly a product of the tri state, which she played up in her act, joking about her hunky Italian ex boyfriend from the Bronx and how the gentile bridal showers of Connecticut compared with her own Jewish family’s more brash get togethers. She also adopted something of her father’s dirty mouth “‘Fuck’ every other word,”as she described it.

But most notable was the way Essman talked about sex. “She was ahead of her time,” said Ilana Glazer, co creator of Comedy Central’s “Broad City,” a blissed out riff on life at loose ends for two sexually liberated twentysomething women in New York City. When Oscar winning actress Sally Field needed a stand up coach for a 1988 film she starred in canada goose factory outlet called “Punchline,” canada goose jacket outlet toronto she looked through hundreds of tapes before eventually deciding on Essman, saying, “[Essman] commands the audience to be with her and a lot of it comes from her sexuality.”

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“She was single and fucking canada goose outlet houston people and living that real New York life before ‘Sex In The City,'” Glazer added. “‘Broad City’ is trying to capture some essence of what Susie really lived.”

It wasn’t always easy being a woman in the New York City comedy scene. “They would never put two women on a show together,” Essman said. “They kind of assumed that if you have two women on a show, they’re both going to be talking about their periods.” But she was unwilling to blame any lack of success on her gender. “I hate victimhood hate it,” she said. “I was always just like: ‘I’m going to be so good that they can’t deny me. I’m going to be such a great comedian that they cannot use this against me.’ And that was my goal.”

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“I was very frustrated because I mean, especially in those days, I was good,” she said. “It was like, ‘OK, how much better do I have to be before I start making some money?'”.

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