When comedian Jackie Fabulous was riffing about baby names during a recent chat, she asked if anyone ever named their child Rotisserie.
The adjective that often appears before “chicken” does sound feminine.
“People love naming their kids silly names,” Fabulous said by phone from her Los Angeles home. “I guess people get bored. Kids aren’t named Sally or David anymore. People don’t like mainstream names.”
Neither does Fabulous. She came up with a surname with some juice.
“I was messing around and just gave that name to myself and it just stuck,” she said. “It’s a fun name.”
Fabulous, 47, who will perform Friday (7/12) and Saturday (7/13) at Penguins Comedy Club in Cedar Rapids, is currently competing on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.” Fabulous won over the judges during her initial appearance, while joking about her Jamaican mother’s take on her plus-sized body. She ended up getting a kiss from tough judge Simon Cowell, along with yeses from all four judges.
“I’m having fun with ‘America’s Got Talent,’” Fabulous said. “No matter what happens, it’s great exposure for me. I don’t regret a minute that I’ve spent on ‘America’s Got Talent.’ I get to go on television and show America what I’m about.”
The Bronx native delivers stories from her life during her shows. She talks about dating, growing up the daughter of immigrants and shifting gears from a conventional life and job to becoming a comic in 2010.
“It took me a while to figure out what I needed to do,” Fabulous said. “I worked in immigration law and I was fine with that. Unlike so many other comics, I didn’t grow up dreaming of becoming a comedian. I enjoyed comedy as a child, but I never thought about it as a career option. I discovered as an adult that I needed something else. I tried comedy and loved it and made the transition.”
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A number of comics were lawyers before becoming professional entertainers, such as the late Greg Giraldo and Paul Mecurio.
“I get it,” Fabulous said. “If you’re a trial lawyer, there is an element of performance to it. Look at some of the high-profile trials and you’ll see some performances. Maybe deep down, some lawyers would love to be entertainers but they can’t figure out how to pull it off.”
Stand-up, Fabulous hopes, is only part of her entertainment experience.
“I would love to be able to accomplish much more,” she said. “I would really like to be part of a sitcom, and then there is the talk show. I would love it if Eddie Murphy was my first guest. I would talk to Eddie about what he experienced before he made it. It’s always more interesting to hear what comedians did before they made it. It’s fascinating to hear about their struggle. I would also love to speak with Wanda Sykes. She’s hilarious. I’m sure she has some stories.”
Fabulous has a number of tales to tell when she performs in Cedar Rapids.
“I have a lot to say when it comes to the female perspective,” she said. “Women can relate to what I’m talking about. I think many of us have experienced the same sort of things. I just have a different take on some of those things.
“My take is that women can be anything they want to be. Women can be sexually oriented, family oriented, church oriented or whatever. The sky is the limit for women, and we can also have some fun and laugh at things, as well.”
Motherhood is something she might want to try.
“I was married 20 years ago and it wasn’t for me, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want to be a mother,” she said. “I wouldn’t mind adopting a baby.”
However, Fabulous will not name the child Rotisserie.
“That wouldn’t work for me,” she said. “I would go with Taylor or some other androgynous name. I guarantee you his or her name wouldn’t be ordinary — because I’m not ordinary.”
WHAT: Jackie Fabulous
WHERE: Penguins, 208 Second Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids
WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday (7/12) and Saturday (7/13)
TICKETS: $15 advance, $18 door; (319) 362-8133 or Penguinscomedyclub.com
ARTIST’S WEBSITE: Jackiefabulous.com