After surviving the ‘gross’ world of standup, the comic is now starring in funny and frank film Shiva Baby. She talks about satirising erotic selfies and why cinema gets sex workers wrong What is the most mortifying thing that has ever happened to you? A spectacular pratfall? An accidental reply all? For Danielle, the protagonist of the sublimely uncomfortable Shiva Baby, it has to be the moment when her parents decide to revive – with actions – a lullaby they invented for her as an infant (“Let’s make a baby shake!”) in front of her secret sugar daddy and his beautiful, accomplished wife at an already quite claustrophobic shiva (a Jewish funeral). Having just faced her law school-destined ex-girlfriend, as well as a sustained interrogation about her career (short answer: she has none), Danielle sweats and sways, as if struggling to choose between further humiliation or unconsciousness. Quarter-life crises don’t get more nightmarish than this.
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