Pre-COVID podcast “Adult with Michelle Buteau and Jordan Carlos” recently made its live, post-pandemic comeback at Brooklyn’s Bell House, where the pair of stand-ups proved that even after two years, there’s no way to lose the magic when you come with humor, heart and authenticity.
“I don’t feel like we’ve lost anything,” Buteau, 44, said Sunday night before their return show. “We’re professionals and we’re genuine, so whether we’re on a plane or queuing somewhere, or in our basement, it’s going to be fun.”
While the podcast’s original incarnation relied heavily on answering questions from the audience and “kiki” sessions with guests — including Jerry O’Connell, Samantha Bee and Vanessa Williams — Carlos, 43, says the new format is “a is a bit more intimate, you can really hear what people are saying.”
“Personally, I thrive on the live show,” the Texas native continued. “I grew up in the church as a child and I love communicating with other people, which I missed when I moved to the city.”
It’s in the name that “Adult” explores some of the more awkward and hard-to-talk aspects of adulthood, including how to let an old friend go once the relationship has turned sour.
For buddies Buteau and Carlos, the question has yet to arise, as the latter joked about his zodiac sign not allowing him to actually go foot-to-toe with his “little brother” — or just about anyone.
“I’m an Aquarius, so I’m not conflicted unless you are conflict, then I am conflicted,” he explained. “So, it’s hard for me to argue, but she keeps me very honest and I love that about her, and very few people do that, so I know it’s important to have a friend like Michelle no matter what, and she’s easy to be friends with.”
After blushing at the shout-out, Buteau added that she’s never had a big problem with her fellow comedy writer, but on the rare occasion that they disagree, it usually comes “from a good place.”
“We’ll talk it out if we have something,” she said, adding, “If I’m still talking to you, you know I care.”
It is usually a bit more difficult for spectators, who, according to the team, often ask relationship questions to which they already know the answers.
“A lot of people want to know if they should stay in a relationship, but they also realize that their self-esteem is being affected and their personality is diminishing,” Buteau claimed.
“We’re like, ‘But you know what to do because you ask,’ and that’s twisted. Some people don’t listen to their friends because they assume they’re petty or there’s bias or hatred, but when a complete stranger you say, “bitch, run!” maybe you should listen?”
Things can get pretty rough too, with the couple recalling an episode where a guy shared her traumatic experience of having a stillborn baby at 9 months pregnant — the day before her birthday.
“Someone on our team was like, ‘We shouldn’t share this because it’s not funny,'” Buteau revealed, “and I’m like, ‘We don’t have to be funny, but we have to be important.’ †
In addition to the podcast, both star in the BET+ series “First Wives Club” along with Jill Scott, Ryan Michelle Bathe and Michelle Mitchenor. The show is based on the 1996 film of the same name starring Diane Keaton, Bette Midler and Goldie Hawn.
“I don’t think they saw it, but I’m pretty sure they heard about it because they definitely tagged the s–t [on social media]Buteau announced. “I wish we could have a viewing party together. I would definitely dust off my white suit!”
They don’t have to yet, as “Adult” is their focus at the moment, with Jordan saying the pod has made him feel “less alone.”
“Nobody knows anything about retirement, nobody knows what a Roth IRA is, nobody knows how to get rid of a friend when the relationship has run its course, and it’s good to know I’m not alone with some of these feelings .
“We may not come up with all the answers, but we know we are in the same storm together. Are we in the same boat? No, but we’re in the same storm,” he said eloquently, causing Jersey girl Michelle to exclaim, “Okay Texas! Come along with the poetry!
“I think it’s time to pass on that donation basket!”