We continue our Q+A series with the funny ladies of C-U Comedy! Maggi Mayfield (the comedian we featured on Facebook as owning the stage at our ladies night out) has an active calendar in March which includes:
3/19 Comedy Uncovered | Grapes & Hops | Kankakee | 9p
3/21 Music and Comedy Night | Tucci’s Italian Restaurant | Bourbonnais | $10 | 8p
3/31 Stand Up at The Spot | The Spot on Broadway | Bradley | 9p
You can sometimes catch her locally on Wednesday nights at Memphis on Main’s Comedy Showcase too!
What are you grateful for today?
So many things. My health, first and foremost, for without it I could not do… anything. I’m grateful for my job, my apartment, my working car, my supportive family and encouraging friends. I’m also grateful for coffee.
Tell us about one of your friends and what you love about her.
My best friend Sabrina; she is the most caring and compassionate mother of two and the best friend her husband could ever have. Despite our physical distance, we have always remained close. She is always looking for the bright side in everything and loves to laugh. What I admire most about her is that she seems to still make herself a priority. Even if she only gets an hour and a half every other week to treat herself to a manicure, I really appreciate how she recognizes the importance of her own time/space. Without a fully functioning Sabrina, she’s no good to us! I really admire her ability to let go and let someone else handle the chaos for a while so she can recharge.
Describe one of the best days of your life.
There are so many great days for so many different reasons. I’d say that because I’ve been so professionally focused lately, the best day, thus far, was the day my program director from my first full time gig in radio, first took me out to lunch. I couldn’t tell you where we went, but I remember eating up every single one of her words about what it meant to be a woman in a male dominated industry, the uphill climb I faced for choosing this as a career, and the potential she saw in me. Most importantly, however, we discussed life and she gave me some great advice about how to harness my energy and not let “Negative Nancys” drag me down. It was one of the best pep/inspirational talks I’ve ever heard and I carry it with me at work to this day. I still look up to her as a success in this business!
What’s the best lesson you learned from your mother/grandmother?
My mother always instilled in my sister and me, how anything worth having in life was worth working hard for. She always says “I don’t know where you get this drive from” when I call her up with more news about a new show, project, or opportunity. Well, I’m telling you now mom, I got it from you! I think that this lesson crosses to other areas of life too, not just the professional realm. It is hard work to save for a nice car, but the peace of mind will be worth it! The constant communication to be a good girlfriend/wife is not an easy task every day, but having a dedicated/devoted partner is worth it. It is not easy to always make good choices about my health, to make time to exercise or keep healthy foods nearby, but feeling strong equates to feeling more confident (to me) so it’s worth the work!
We’re all unique. What is your special gift?
I love to bake when I have time. Pies are my specialty! I make the dough from scratch and like to use fresh fruit. Cherry pie is my best work.
What could women be doing to make their community a better place?
As women, we do an awful lot of listening. It’s time we speak up. Speak up for ourselves and for others.
What would you do if you weren’t afraid?
I’d travel as a motivational speaker. I’d love to speak to high school students, frankly and openly about a number of things; sexual health and sexual responsibility, self-confidence, consequences both positive and negative, social responsibility, and the power of words on the internet and in real life. Just to name a few.