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Tee-ing Off - Amy Tee talks about her life in comedy
By Ann Wood
Provincetown Banner

Comedian Amy Tee isn't afraid to talk about what's going on in her world — on stage, anyway. "Right now it is all about my divorce from my wife," she says by phone from her Haverhill home, adding that she did have one of those legal Massachusetts same-sex marriages, one that didn't last a year. "It's embarrassing. That's why I make a joke that I'm not divorced yet, because I didn't want to be the first one." The thing is, she didn't want to end up on the cover of Time magazine."Relationships just don't work. It's not anybody's fault. It's just her fault, " she adds.

"Whatever I'm writing about is the truth. It's always what's happening in my life," Tee says. "Anybody can make stuff up to joke about. I think it's harder to throw yourself out there." Tee admits she spins her divorce bit into a straight thing— her wife got mad because she kept leaving the toilet seat up. And there's the fact that the couple were together six years before they got married, but hadn't had sex for five. Tee recently performed this routine in front of a mostly straight crowd at Boston Common and the audience ate it up.

So are others, Tee, who has only been on stage for three years, is quickly making a name for herself in the world of comedy. She has been heard on XM Satellite Radio, has preformed weekend guest spots at the world famous Comedy Store in Los Angeles, and opened for Poppy Champlin and Jennie McNulty in Provincetown this past summer. Tee was recently one of the upcoming young stars to watch by the Boston Globe. She won't reveal her age, but admits it did take her awhile to decide to try comedy for real.

I was actually voted class clown. It was one of those things,, I used to be morbidly obese, and I never really had any confidence," she says, adding that when she lost the weight through diet and exercise she decided to flow her comedic dream. She didn't want to have any regrets. "I'm actually quite shy, but when I'm on stage I really love it." she adds. Besides her impending divorce, Tee tackles other personal subjects such as a medical condition and her weight loss. She's thrilled when people come up to her after a show and say they identify with what she's talking about. "Especially when I do my weight stuff," Tee says. "It's very cool. As a matter a fact, I keep in touch with one of those people I met after my show."

Tee says that folks who come to Friday's show are going to hear three completely different voices. She says Moschetto has a very dry sense of humor and that McFarland may only be 5 feet tall, but is a 50 foot character. She says that the three different styles of the three different comedians compliment one another.

Because we are such good friends— Ellen is gay and Kelly is not, which is great—I can't imagine doing my first show in Provincetown without them." Tee says.
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