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|Comic Elvira Kurt performs better in good shoes
Comic Elvira Kurt and Store Gazing meet ostensibly to interview a pair ofShabbies Amsterdam boots which reference Blundstones meet Fryes, but we are soon fondling Converse sneakers in more colours than Para paint samples.
Kurt is host of the 8th Annual Funny Girls and Dynamic Divas funder held May 26 at Jane Mallet Theatre in support of Sistering, which aids homeless, underhoused and low-income women. Performers include fellow comedians Carla Collins and Nikki Payne.
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A frequent guest on CBC Radio's The Debaters, Kurt was voted Funniest Female Comic at the Canadian Comedy Awards; was a Gemini nominee for her comedy special Elvira Kurt: I'm a Big Girl Now; just taped the Winnipeg Comedy Festival, set to in the fall; and does 300 stand-up gigs a year around North America.
She is a native Torontonian of Jewish-Hungarian heritage and recalls shoe shopping with her mother.
"I was 5 or 6; we didn't have a lot of money but I was always a great shoe hound," she says doffing her sunglasses to reveal a shiner, courtesy of her 10-month-old son, Xander. Her daughter, Madeline is 4-and-a-half.
"He head-butted me and gave me a black eye. I'm raising him as a girl," she cracks.
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"I hope my kids have more self-esteem than following in my footsteps. Self-esteem, intimacy, my mother - I have a wide range of issues. Why else would I risk censure from complete strangers? It is a tough business to be sensitive in - you get constantly battered by rejection."
Kurt arrived wearing classic penny loafers to facilitate trying on shoes. She laces up a pair of basic white Converses. She is diminutive, with corresponding tiny feet.
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"Madeline is a fashion plate, the girliest of girls," she says ironically. "It's as if the Disney Princess hooked up to my 4-year-old. There go all my hopes and dreams of matching tees and sweater sets.
"Finally my mother gets the daughter she wants. I was never girlie; I always wanted to look like a boy."
She claims to be a difficult age (48): "I am no longer an ingénue, but I am not yet dead."
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Kurt had gone to U of T and enrolled in the science program with the intention of becoming a doctor to please her parents.
"I was overwhelmed," she recalls. "I was starting to sleep with women and it was starting to freak me out hormonally. I came out.
"Before graduation, I went to Yuk Yuks at the old location on amateur night. I thought, 'I could do this. I have the nerve.' I wrote out a set but was so unnerved about the sexist derogatory intro - 'sluts, whore' - it threw me. So I just came out and told one or two stories about my mother, who is very negative. She takes her pleasures sadly.
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For her clothing needs, Kurt patronizes thrift shops.
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