Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Chelsea Peretti Explains Why It's So Freakin' Hard for a Stand-Up Comedian to Pick an Outfit
Need plans for Friday night? Log on to Netflix. That’s when Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Chelsea Peretti releases her hour-long stand-up special, Chelsea Peretti: One of the Greats, for the online entertainment hub. We got a sneak peek at the show, and it basically delivers 60 minutes of joy and, since she’s the only one on stage, one helluva good look at her brocade floral Tory Burch tunic.
When we caught up with her last week over the phone to discuss the special, she was surprised and impressed at our ID of her stand-out stand-up top, a piece from the designer's 2014 resort season, now sold out. (We’ll get to the special in just a minute, we are all about the fashion at InStyle, after all!) “I want to be like Rihanna or Beyoncé status and have someone design an outfit specifically for stand-up,” she told us. Because choosing what to wear under the hot lights on stage for an hour at a time is no easy feat, she explained. “It’s tricky,” she told us. “You sweat, so you can’t have something super sheer or silky.” She picked this one because “it felt kind of retro and I could move all around and it wasn’t going be distracting in any way.”
OK, Tory Burch aside, the special is really funny. It’s smile-inducing to see a female comedian talking about things that affect women (i.e. self-confidence, social anxiety, and, oh yeah, even women’s magazines get a mention). “I talk about themes of confidence and self-doubt in my stand-up a lot, and I really wanted to kind of be very head on about that,” she said. “I think there’s a lot of people now who may not be as familiar with my stand-up who can have an opportunity to hear more of my specific voice.”
The special was shot at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, in the heart of her hometown, and in the opening montage, the stunt double who waves through the Bay Area on a motorcycle (as her) passes by some of Peretti’s favorite landmarks, like her junior high school, go-to breakfast spot, and even her fave ice creamery. “I wanted that hometown feel,” she said. It was also a family reunion of sorts: Her parents and grandmother came (you can see her grandmother laughing about the jokes about her). The only person from her work family to see an early cut was co-star Andy Samberg, who gave her feedback before the final edit. Said Peretti, "This is something I put so much of my heart into. I am really excited for that to be out there."
Watch a teaser of the special below, and watch it starting Nov. 14 on Netflix.