Have you ever seen a seven-months-pregnant woman do standup comedy before? You have now. Comedian Ali Wong kills it in hilarious Netflix special.
Ali Wong is a hilarious comedian and writer for the show Fresh Off The Boat. She's also pregnant, which might hold some performers back from filming an hour-long comedy special.
But Wong isn't one of those performers. She filmed Baby Cobra, a Netflix feature that's earning rave reviews, when seven months pregnant and she just might be the first woman to do so in a standup special. Wong's decision to proceed with filming the special despite her pregnancy might just be the thing that sets this comedic event apart from others—and it's because she's handled her pregnancy as something that strengthens her work, not as something that limits her. Some of the most memorable moments in the special are about pregnancy and motherhood—she talks pregnancy discharge, the unsexy horrors of baby-making sex, and even discusses her miscarriage at one point.
"I had a miscarriage about two years ago. I've been trying [to conceive] since I was about 31. It's not as easy as you think. You spend so much of your life as a woman trying not to get pregnant and then all of the sudden, once you decide and you have a partner who agrees to do it with you, suddenly it's not as easy as you thought it was going to be," she told Split Sider of her decision to mention the miscarriage. "Obviously it was a horrible thing to have happen and it's very dark. I tried doing the joke shortly after having the miscarriage and it didn't go that well because I think people needed to know that I was okay. It works better when I was obviously very pregnant because people were like, 'Oh good, she got pregnant again. We can laugh at this.' I started talking about it almost immediately after it happened. From that I got a lot of support and people telling me that they too had a miscarriage, but they just didn't talk about it. It's this weird thing—I think because it's a woman's body, it happens in her body—that somehow a lot of women blame themselves where they feel responsible or other people make them feel responsible. Part of my intention in talking about it was that I don't want to feel that way and I don't want other women to feel that way."
Pregnancy is clearly a major theme of Baby Cobra and all this makes us wonder: Why aren't more women doing standup while pregnant? Are pregnant women discouraged from being funny in some weird, warped way? Tell us what you think and definitely stream Baby Cobra on Netflix. It's so worth it.