Marked by razor-sharp writing and an almost insane attention to details, ManiPedi’s particular brand of humor often teeters freely between dark and silly.
Madonna: We’re just finding truth. That’s all it is. We’re finding truth in our own life.
Briana: The best comedy is honest. You’re sharing that part of yourself with an audience. So what you’re asking them to do is not to come into a woman’s brain, but come into Madonna’s brain, come into Kate’s brain. Come into Madonna’s vagina—
Briana: I’m sorry.
Kaitlin: “Come Into Madonna’s Vagina” should be the headline of this article. Bold and italicized.
Madonna: You’re such a bitch.
On the reasons to construct elaborate props for quick gags, as seen in their sketch “Food Fight,” in which they don large, handmade food costumes and duke it out:
Aubrie: It’s a labor of love. You can literally make anything out of anything. You just have to be willing to spend the time to do it.
Madonna: I think it means more to the audience if they see that you’ve put so much effort into this one three-to-five minute bullshit piece.
Kaitlin: … that you’re probably only going to do twice in one city maximum. Those costumes got torn up, and we may or may not ever do that sketch again.
On the troupe’s comedic compatibility:
Kaitlin: We all just happen to laugh at the same disgusting jokes. Some of our shows get really dark.
Madonna: We’re all open to really weird comedy. Not just your everyday sitcom shit… You need to be working with people that are funnier than you or just as funny, so that they can call your bluff in a sketch. A lot of us write really lazy endings and just try to avoid rewriting shit. It’s great to have girls who are really nitpicky.
Shannon: We don’t always agree on things, but I think that’s to be said for every group.
On guilty pleasures:
Madonna: I don’t believe in pleasures that are guilty. I’m shameless.
Kaitlin: Every reality show you watch, you should feel a little guiltier. My sister watches all that shit. Anything that has a midget or a Mormon or it makes cakes. Combine all those things into one show where you get voted out of your Mormon family cause you’re the worst midget that makes cakes, and then I will totally watch it.
On what it would be like to do a show with their mothers, having recently performed a whole show full of crazy-mom sketches:
Kaitlin: Sweet Jesus Christ.
Aubrie: My mom would be game.
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