May 31, 2016
Brooklyn’s 50 Funniest People: Albertina Rizzo
Sometimes you forget there’s a whole room full of writers behind something like The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon—not because you’re stupid or thoughtless, but because it’s flawless and the famous people are so famous and shiny, you just forget. Albertina Rizzo is one of those writers, tucked high up in a boring conference room in 30 Rock. She’s been writing for Jimmy Fallon since 2012, right after she officially “gave up on comedy” but then accidentally nailed her interview.
Before Fallon, she mostly tweeted and played with her cats, but now she spends 12 hours a day writing jokes on top of tweeting and playing with her cats. “With everything there is at stake in this election,” she wrote on Twitter, “if I got one wish, it would still be giving my cats the ability to speak.”
She’s married to a lovely man from Wisconsin (Joe Pickett, co-founder of the Found Footage Festival) so when she’s not in Brooklyn with her cats or hanging out with Jimmy Fallon, she’s inside a midwestern thrift store finding incredible things, like a Crystal Light Body Workout on vinyl and a yellow satin Giorgio Beverly Hills baseball jacket. It’s a charmed life. She tweeted, “Would be mortified if I ever found out someone has ever uttered the words, ‘Good for her!’ about me,” but it’s tempting.
When was the first time you remember making someone laugh? What happened?
I can’t remember the first time I made someone laugh, but I can vividly remember every time I’ve thought someone was mad at me and had crippling anxiety about it…How funny am I being in this Q&A so far?
I dunno what happened. I thought I’d be self-deprecating in order to not answer in a way that might make me look like an asshole. In retrospect, I don’t think it worked.
What is the toughest part about being on the comedy scene in Brooklyn today? What is the best?
I’d say the toughest part of being on the comedy scene in Brooklyn is that I’m pretty certain I’m not part of the comedy scene, or likely any scene in Brooklyn. I’m a working comedy writer, so I’m basically just a mole person with health insurance. But for people who ARE on the comedy scene in Brooklyn, I’d say the toughest part is probably all the sex they’re having. Just way too much sex.
The best part is that for a moment you thought I was part of the comedy scene in Brooklyn, which I truly appreciate. And living in Brooklyn is the best because I can get out of plans VERY easily. People still assume you have to row a boat to Manhattan.
Who do you find funny?
In America? There’s too many to name but Julia Louis Dreyfus is up there. In Brooklyn? Jon Glaser.
What was the last time you laughed so hard you cried?
Most recently was when I watched Tim Robinson on “The Characters” (Netflix). It’s really, really funny. Other than that it was most likely some YouTube video of a large man falling off a waterslide. I’m a very simple person.
What are your goals for your comedy career?
It’d be cool to get to a level in my career where some magazine would suggest taking a photo of me in a corset but also wearing a clown nose. That’s when you know you’ve really made it as a woman in comedy; When they’ve forced you into a “sexy/goofy” photo shoot.
And finally: What is your favorite knock-knock (or otherwise goofy) joke?
I can tell you the stupidest joke I’ve ever heard, which was told to me by my friend Jen Statsky (50 Funniest People in Los Feliz, LA). It requires an impression, but here goes…
What’s Rosie Perez’s favorite dating website?
(AS ROSIE) “Ok STU-PID!”
To see 49 more of Brooklyn’s funniest people, click here.
Photo by Nicolas Maloof.
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