National treasure Melissa McCarthy was on Conan O’Brien’s show last night to promote her television show Mike and Molly, which apparently is still on the air. She told O’Brien that she tried stand-up comedy early in her career, but the only audiences who liked her were—no shock here—gay men.
“I did stand up for like, you know eight months,” McCarthy said. “I didn’t know you were supposed to write… I was just like, ‘I guess I’ll just have a shot and get up on stage, that’s what they do, right?’”
Beyond not preparing, McCarthy couldn’t handle hecklers. “As you were just placing your foot on the stage,” she explained. “Somebody from the back of the room was always like, ‘Show us your boobs!’”
Things got easier when McCarthy started performing for different crowds. “Do you know The Duplex in New York,” she asked her Mike and Molly costar, comic Billy Gardell. “That place I loved, because it was all lovely gay boys… They didn’t want to see boobs.”
At that point, Gardell interjected, “They wanted to see my boobs.”