I mean – I loved each single one of her jokes that night!
I also remember thinking how brave and smart a woman should (needs) to be, to be able to unveil her story with irony and empathy. Christina goes straight to the point: no frills, just sharp, smart and super-fun jokes for men and women to laugh and think about.
Here I am with my third interview to one of the “Cabarazze” star: Christina Pecora!
Enjoy the read and her unique way of being an American comedian in Italy!
WHO IS CHRISTINA PECORA?
I was born in the U.S.A. and then moved to Italy at the age of 23, after graduating from an American University. I graduated from the University of Siena in Foreign Languages and Literature, and began working as an English teacher. I became interested in performing when a theatre company in Siena, contacted me to perform in one of their comedies.
After living eight years in Siena, I moved to Milan for work, and I decided to enroll in a stand-up comedy course at l’Accademia del Comico, where I met my current boyfriend, who continues do stand-up as well.
WHEN DID YOUR PASSION FOR STAND-UP COMEDY START?
I’ve always been fascinated by it and enjoyed watching stand-up comedy, but I began to become interested in doing it only 3 years ago.
I NOTICED THAT MANY PIECES FROM FEMALE COMEDIANS (COMPARED TO MALE PIECES) INVOLVE SELF-PERCEPTION, SOME DOSE OF SELF-IRONY FAVOURING BODY-POSITIVITY. WHY DO YOU THINK IS THAT?
I think that female comedians feel more the need to be self-deprecating, about their bodies, in the world we live in. We women comedians want to spread a more positive image about our bodies.
Christina’s portrait, she is a white woman smiling at the camera with her blue eyes wide open and a beautiful smile! She has long blonde hair and is wearing a silk white top and white blazer. the silk v-neck top has a thin laces hem.
WHAT IS YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR BODY AND WHAT ARE THE FASHION AND BEAUTY BRANDS THAT YOU FEEL ARE JUST MADE FOR YOU?
Right now, I am a lot heavier than I usually am, around 40 to 50 kilos heavier. I have to say that I sort of feel like a stranger in my own body. I’m trying to accept my body as it is right now, but it isn’t easy. Currently, I ‘m interested in sustainable fashion brands: Zalando has a good and accessibile selection, while beautiful sustainable fashion is still too expensive offline. I like natural beauty brands, like Bottega Verde: I am though still looking for the right product that does not make me sweat off the make up, in less than an hour, after making myself up.
Christina on stage, wearing a red sleeveless v-neck dress. She is probably asking everybody’s attention on a specific thing she is saying. Her expression is like “And here is what happened!”
WHAT HAS BEEN THE GREATEST SHOW YOU PERFORMED IN?
I think all the shows I’ve performed in have been great, because they’ve all helped me to evolve as a person.
WHAT IS YOUR EMPOWERING OUTFIT ON STAGE?
Oh… red on stage makes me feel powerful and confident… even when I do not really feel like that, it is a real boost!
WHAT IS YOUR MESSAGE TO THE ENTERTAINMENT AND FASHION INDUSTRY?
I think the Fashion Industry should have collections in more plus sizes and the Entertainment Industry should have more representation of plus size women in their shows and films.
Oh com’on… I don’t even know what I’m doing tomorrow morning!
[I can imagine her laughing freely while she answers!!!]
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