- "Welcome to Buteaupia," Michelle Buteau's debut Netflix comedy special, premiered on Tuesday.
- The comedian, who previously appeared in movies like "Always Be My Maybe" and "Someone Great," discusses her movie with Jennifer Lopez, her marriage to a Dutch man, and much more.
- Here's a round-up of Buteau's funniest jokes from the hour-long set.
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After nearly 20 years in the stand-up comedy circuit, Michelle Buteau landed her first special on Netflix.
Titled "Welcome to Buteaupia," the hour-long set, which was filmed at New York City's Sony Hall, was released on the streaming platform on Tuesday.
And though this is her debut Netflix special, you've likely seen the New Jersey-born comedian elsewhere.
She performed a 15-minute set on Netflix's "The Comedy Lineup," played supporting roles in movies like "Always Be My Maybe" and "Someone Great," and hosted the popular reality show "The Circle" — just to name a few of her projects.
In "Welcome to Buteaupia," the comedian takes center stage, literally climbing over things in her "borrowed gold sequins plus-sized suit" and high heels to get there. From the time the special begins, her playful energy and masterful delivery fill the room with laughter, proving that audiences only got a taste of Buteau's talent in her aforementioned work.
But even though Buteau admits that she doesn't have a lot to complain about, given her recent success in comedy and her healthy family, she still manages to pull back the curtain on her life's uncomfortable, hilarious moments in "Welcome to Buteaupia."
And as a star comedian that just filmed a movie with Jennifer Lopez, a Black woman in an interracial marriage, and a new mother to twins, she has plenty to talk about.
Here are the nine funniest jokes from "Welcome to Buteaupia."
Her experience making a movie with Jennifer Lopez
In a hilarious opening segment, Buteau drops that she recently wrapped a film with Lopez, who the comedian describes as an "athlete that can dance, that's a businesswoman in a tank top." She admitted that "the hardest part of working with J. Lo is pretending that I didn't know everything about her."
While they filmed together, Buteau said she hatched a plan to bond over their shared birthday.
"So I said, 'Jen, my birthday is July 24th.' She said, 'What?' She said, 'No!' I said, 'Yes!' She said, 'Your birthday is July 24th? I said, 'Isn't that crazy?' She said, 'No one has my birthday.' I said, 'I know. It's so special.' I said, 'Jen, we should have a joint birthday party.' And then she walked away and didn't talk to me for like three hours," Buteau said.
Buteau and her husband's different hobbies
A common thread throughout the special is Buteau and her husband Gijs van der Most's contrasting interests.
Because while Buteau prefers to watch "90 Day Fiancé" on the couch, her husband likes to adventure outdoors. And though they both respect each other's hobbies, Buteau said van der Most occasionally encourages her to join him.
"The other day my man hit me with, he's just like, 'Oh, babe, do you want to climb a mountain?' I said, 'Emotionally?' 'Cause as a Black woman I do that every day," Buteau joked.
Their first night out as parents
Buteau said that both she and van der Most were thrilled to have their first night out after their twins were born. Unfortunately, the night didn't turn out the way they'd planned.
"I remember the first time the babies were old enough where we can leave them and go to a party. I had a statement lip on. I was like, 'You know I'm ready.' But it was like we'd never been in public before. Oh my god, we were a mess. It was like we were in our 20s doing coke for the first time. We were like, 'We got a story, you want to hear it? Tell me your story, I got a story too!' And then I fell asleep on a toilet," she said.
Buteau and her husband's communication styles
Because Buteau and her husband were raised in different cultures, the comedian said they don't fully understand certain aspects of each other's behavior — even after 10 years of marriage.
"I feel like he doesn't understand the nuance of an American husband. I'm from Jersey and he thinks I sound aggressive all the time. That's his thing," she said. "Like I'll be making breakfast and I swear to God I feel like he just hears DMX."
Language barriers between her and van der Most's family
Since Buteau has spent time overseas with her husband and his family in the Netherlands, she's had a couple of questions about his language and culture.
Specifically, she was curious about her mother-in-law's decision to legally change her name.
"My mother-in-law, beautiful lady, her name is Johanna. She legally shortened it, as you do in Holland, to Hanneke. What now? I said, 'Hanukkah, like the holidays?' She's like, 'It sounds nothing like the holidays.' I was like, 'Happy Kwanzaa, b—-,'" Buteau said.
And when she learned that "kijk" translates to "look" in Dutch, it opened an entirely new can of worms.
"One of the first times I was in Amsterdam, we were taking a group family picture and I did not know the Dutch word for 'look' is 'kijk.' Yes, b—-. Spelled K-I-J-K. Kijk. So I'm just standing in public with the family and they're just like, 'Kijk the camera, kijk, kijk, kijk the camera. Kijk the camera!' I said, 'Hanneke, do something!'" she joked.
Buteau's dream role to play Meghan Markle on 'The Crown'
If she had to ask for one thing from the universe, Buteau said she'd like to request that Meghan Markle "let herself go," in turn opening a future on-screen opportunity for the comedian.
"I secretly and selfishly want Meghan Markle to let herself go so I can play her in 'The Crown,'" she said. "I'd make 'The Crown' so f—ing edgy. Oh my God, I'd be in the corner of Buckingham Palace getting my hair braided, sucking on a chicken bone, pouring frosé on someone's t—-."
Her husband's lesson on changing diapers
The comedian had to teach her husband to change a diaper, an action she described to him as being similar to putting on "an orthopedic shoe."
Having never changed a baby's diaper before, van der Most was shocked to learn how messy cleanup can be.
"He didn't realize babies have these things called 'blowouts,' And it's not when they straighten their hair. It's when they s— up their backs to their necks. He was changing a baby and it had a blowout and it kept s—-ing, and oh my God, my husband shut down like a host in 'Westworld,'" she said.
Explaining surrogacy to a male neighbor
After running into a neighbor, Buteau told him that she welcomed her twins via surrogacy. The man was unfamiliar with the process, so she took it upon herself to explain it to him.
"I was like, 'Our DNA. She's the carrier. A miracle happened. We have a family. She's an angel walking on Earth.' I see his eyes going and he goes, 'Oh, is it like 'Handmaid's Tale?'" she said. "And I knew I had a choice. So I said, 'Yes, exactly like 'Handmaid's Tale.'"
Her daughter's visit to the doctor's office
While Buteau's son is smiley and happy all the time, she joked about her daughter's sassy personality.
The comedian said, "Even the pediatrician was just like, 'Wow, her peripheral vision is so good.' I said, 'That's side-eye, motherf—er. She know you got the needle.'"
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