Michelle Wolf Is Not Afraid to Joke About Vaginas

But, she said: “I would love to be a dad. There are plenty of comedians who have kids. But they’re dads. Being a dad is so different from being a mom.”

If it sounds like Ms. Wolf is busy, that is because she is. Her workday begins at 9 a.m., when she arrives at the offices of “The Daily Show With Trevor Noah,” where she has worked as a writer and on-air contributor since 2016. Around 7:30 p.m., she leaves, drops off her bag at home (when she has time), and heads straight to a standup show. She performs standup eight to 16 times over the course of a week. On many weekends, she travels to clubs around the country.


After her sets, Ms. Wolf often takes walks to brainstorm new jokes and reflect on her performances.

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“I want to see if my jokes work everywhere,” she said, taking a sip of a hot cocktail with brandy. “A good joke can work in New York and Kentucky.” With her erratic schedule, the only routine she has mastered is tardiness. “I always almost miss my flight,” she said. “My routine is to constantly, no matter how bad or good the traffic is, to almost miss my flight.”

After leaving the pub, Ms. Wolf wandered through the mostly empty streets of the Village and SoHo, a standard decompression activity for her. Garbage trucks rumbled by as she recalled how even as a child in Scranton, Pa., her days had been filled with activities from morning until night. “School, whatever sport I was doing at the time, dance class,” she said. “Then homework and then bed.”

The scheduling intensity continued after she graduated from the College of William and Mary in Virginia and began working in private client services at Bear Stearns in 2007. “It was fun to wear suits for a minute,” she said. “And then quickly I was like, ‘Oh, this is not fun and everyone is mean.’” She began taking improv classes in early 2008 and stuck around the finance world for several years. “My bank job was enough money to pay for all these classes and live very comfortably,” she said.

She gave those jobs partial credit for how comfortable she is in a male-dominated profession. “I grew up with two older brothers, I was in banking, so maybe I have a different perspective,” she said. “But I don’t really feel the boys clubbiness of it. I’ve always felt welcome.”

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