If you live in New York City you probably consider Bridget Everett an institution. If you don’t and are reading this site, you have likely heard her name. In the Big Apple Everett is a true cabaret sensation who plays to packed houses. She’s played small roles on numerous TV series such as Sex and The City, Girls and Inside Amy Schumer, but with two films out this summer, it feels like Bridge’s big mainstream moment has finally arrived.
In Fun Mom Dinner (out Friday), Everett costars with Toni Collette and Molly Shannon in the latest gals can be just as raunchy as the guys comedy. In Patti Cake$ (in theaters August 18), a hip-hop-themed comedy that was a breakout hit at Sundance, she holds her own against one of the most whacked out ensembles in recent memory. Still, it’s the live arena where the 45-year-old entertainer really comes alive.
Last night Bridget gave television viewing audiences a little taste of what makes her such a singular talent. Watch her burn down the studio with her karaoke-style interpretation of Janis Joplin’s “Piece of My Heart” during her appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. You can thank us later.