Again and again, the cliché that women are not funny holds true, despite the overwhelming evidence of successful comedians and comedians. In recent years, one woman whose talent as a comedian is another nail in the coffin of stereotypes is Michelle Buteau, a New Jersey-born comedian who has appeared in both movies and TV shows and has played several stand-up shows.
Buteau’s rising career began just days after the tragic events of September 11, 2001, and she has remained a relevant name in the industry, climbing to new heights with each new project.
As she still has many more heights to reach as she continues her journey into the world of comedy, here is everything you need to know about Michelle Buteau and her career as a comedian.
Michelle Buteau Biography
For many comedians, the profession was attractive because of its ability to make them rich and famous, and although it is okay to pursue a career in a profession for material reasons, this was not Michelle Buteau’s overriding motivation. The comedian, who began her career after the unfortunate events of September 11, 2001, took up the career as part of her desire to work in an emotionally relaxing profession.
Michelle Buteau was born in New Jersey on July 24, 1977, the daughter of a Haitian father and a Jamaican mother, and began her life with no interest in becoming a comedienne. After finishing high school and earning her bachelor’s degree, Michelle turned to pursue her dream of becoming a journalist, and although she was unable to realize her dreams as a reporter, she stayed in the industry and worked behind the camera as an editor and producer.
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During her time as a journalist, Michelle worked for Fox and NBC, and during her time as an editor, the emotional strain of filming the events of 9/11 became too overwhelming for her and she began to look for a career in comedy.
As she had always been a funny woman, Michelle decided to use what was essentially a hobby as a career opportunity and began performing in comedy clubs and performing some of her routines. After years of working on stage as an aspiring comedienne, Michelle Buteau got her first appearance on the big screen when she appeared as a presenter for the Golden Trailer Awards. In the same year, she was also cast in her first film, as Natalie, the staff member in The Story of Juan Bago.
So she began a series of appearances as an actress and as a comedian. As an actress, she appeared in shows like China, IL and in the comedy sketch Key and Peele. She also appeared in The Tick, Dream Team, Criminal Crimes, Enlisted, Always Be My Maybe, Tales of the City and several others.
As a comedian, Michelle Buteau has appeared in various comedy shows such as Comedy Knockout, The Comedy Lineup, Gotham Comedy Live, and several others.
In addition to her on-screen appearances, Michelle Buteau is also a podcaster and hosts the podcast Late Night Whenever!
Family Life of The American Comedian
Not much is known about her extended family, but as for her nuclear family, Michelle, who has expressed her love for interracial relations, is married to Gijs van der Most, a Dutch photographer.
We cannot determine at this time exactly when their date began, but the couple got married on July 31st, 2010 at the Hyatt Pier 66 Hotel.
Until now, it was only the couple in their family, as they had no children yet. Whether the couple are planning children remains a mystery, but at the moment Michelle Buteau lives in a happy home. Buteau and her husband, Gijs van der Most, currently live in Brooklyn, New York.
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Other Facts About Michelle Buteau
Michelle Buteau is 5 feet 7 inches tall with dark brown curly hair and brown-tinted eyes.
Her podcast Late Night Whenever! was listed by Time Magazine as one of the best podcasts of 2018 and Esquire Magazine 2017 as one of two comedians to watch.
She has a strong presence in social media on all three major platforms – Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram – through her profile – Michelle Buteau Comedy on Facebook, @MichelleButeau for the last two.