It’s always amazing in today’s non-stop world how we can get through the day. The morning commute and rush hour traffic squeeze a 9-to-5 into the worst sandwich since KFC put bacon and heart disease between two slabs of fried chicken. Evenings after work deal with bad dates, text message fights, broken plans, short bank accounts, and of course laundry (I hate doing laundry). The week can be a marathon and exhausting. If you’re Liz Miele, you beat stress by reworking life’s bumpy road into a solid comedy act. Her debut album Emotionally Exhausting proves your day doesn’t have to suck if you can laugh.
I completely forgot I was stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic while listening to Miele’s album. I didn’t mind getting cut off because I was laughing the whole ride home. And if I didn’t laugh, it was only because I was too amazed how smart her routines were. The album made me want pull over start rewriting my own material. The Brooklyn comic’s bits are well constructed like a Park Slope brownstone. With topics ranging from riding the late-night subway, relationships based on couch access, and even the disadvantages of health food, Miele’s perspective is relatable while staying original.
Her bit, “Fruit and Sadness” was an album favorite. Her set up-to-punch line technique echoes a smooth hand off in a relay. At one point, Miele recalls her time doing a paleo diet. “Three weeks into this diet, I’m doing amazing. I’m rocking this diet,” she says excitedly, “until I got upset about something and realized fruit doesn’t cure sad… Cookies release endorphins that make you feel better; kiwis remind you that nothing ever works out.” Being health savvy and filled with free time, Miele discusses her experience as a marathon runner, “I run a lot. I run marathons, which is not bragging because I’m not good at them. I am currently still finishing the last one.”
Another highlight that stood out was her take on birth control. After getting off the pill, Miele encountered a side effect. “I now have a goatee of acne under my make-up,“ she admits, “which is my new form of birth control.” Her take on love is summarized by a joke that belongs in the best book of quotes, “Love at first sight fades. Real love happens after you’ve heard all their dumb ideas, and you still wanna make out with them.” Miele even reminds us how different the dating world has become due to social media. After swiping through ugly photos on Tinder she exclaims, “Oh my God, this is so fun! I’m amazing at dating!”
Emotionally Exhausting shows why Liz Miele is a favorite from the New York scene. With a sharp mind, she takes on a wide range of topics that flow together seamlessly. The album can double as a blueprint for channeling personal insecurities and anxieties into positive energy. Not many people can laugh about having a cat that interrupts your sex life. Also, if there were only one reason to buy the album, it would be to find out how she plans on changing the meaning of the Nineteenth Amendment (NSFW). Check out Emotionally Exhausted on Amazon, iTunes or visit her website LizMiele.com.