Although Heather McDonald has a steady gig as a writer and producer of E!'s show Chelsea Lately (where she does a spot-on mimic of celebs such as Drew Barrymore, Celine Dion, The Kardashians, Amy Winehouse, Renee Zellweger, The Octomom, and various Real Housewives), she hasn't stopped doing stand-up comedy. She performs at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano tomorrow at 8 p.m. She didn't tell us if she got nervous before going onstage, but after the jump, McDonald gives us five songs that get her in the mood...to do her stand-up routines.
1. Black Eyed Peas "I Got a Feeling"
I thought this song was called "Tonight's gonna be a good, good, night." Since I perform stand up at night, this song gets me in the mood, I love to listen to it while I driving and imagine how much fun I will have performing and trying out a new joke. If I'm driving and hear it earlier in the day I imagine what I'm going to wear that night in my head and get so excited about the outfit, the shoes, the earrings that I find it hard to concentrate on the road.
2. Fleetwood Mac "Sara"
Now this may seem like a strange choice but something about the way Stevie Nicks sings "And when you build your house, call me, call me." I don't even know what this song is really about, who is Sara and is she a licensed contractor? But I could listen to this song over and over again and be inspired to get on stage.
3. Jay Z "Empire State of Mind"
I thought I'd be sick of this New York song by now, but I'm not--especially if I am going to New York or am in New York. I got my book deal at Simon & Schuster in New York City and that was such a major accomplishment in my life and something I always wanted to do that when I hear the song, I reflect on the past year and get so excited about my book "You'll Never Blue Ball In This Town Again" being released on June 8.
4. Eminem "Lose Yourself"
The line in this song "you got one chance" is something as an entertainer is so important to keep in mind because you have to perform like every performance is your last. And in this business, it might very well be. So you got one chance to do your best and give your best show, and that is what I hope to do everytime I take the stage to do stand up or go onChelsea Lately
's roundtable. It may not turn out to be my best performance but I always go out prepared and with that being the my goal. You are only as funny as your last performance.
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5. This is a tie between The New York Housewife, The Countess' "Money Can't Buy You Class" and Atlanta Housewife, Kim's "Don't Be Tardy For The Party"
I love all the Housewives no matter what city they are from they are just so entertaining to me. I like to drink a big goblet of chardonnay when I watch it and pretend I am one of them. I impersonate several in my act and depending on how much time I have sometime re-enact scenes. I can sing "Tardy For the Party" and sound just like how Kim does as she tries to smoke a cigarette and keep her wig from falling off all while hitting the low notes. I love "Money Can't Buy You Class"--money can't buy you class, but a reality show can buy you dance single and I think that is truly amazing and what America is all about, my friends.