Michelle Buteau Unveils the Hilarious Truths of Motherhood in New Comedy ‘Babes’

While moonlighting as a comedian and actor, this mom IRL knows motherhood sometimes gets more real than some people like to admit.

Michelle Buteau is delivering drollery about the unfiltered nuances of motherhood.

The stand-up comedian stars in the new Neon-produced comedy, “Babes,” alongside Ilana Glazer, which follows two best friends as they navigate the complexities of motherhood. For Buteau, this is a role she knows all too well.

In January 2019, Buteau and her husband welcomed twins via surrogate: “After years of trying, countless needles #ivf and too many procedures to remember.” Now, she’s using her motherhood journey to lay the foundation while harnessing her prowess as a comedian in this laugh-out-loud flick.

She also credits director Pamela Adlon, who “has this gift, this magic of making real-life situations hilarious and helping you feel less alone.”


With comedy on one hand and her most prized role as a doting Mom on the other, Buteau magically combines the two while illustrating just how raw and edgy parenthood can be while balancing a family and a career. talked to the comedian about the film's hysterical moments and how her role as a mom IRL to twins helped her bring her character to life. What made you hop on board after reading the script?

Michelle Buteau: Well, first of all, I love Ilana Glazer. As a friend and as a comedian, I love her brand of humor. I love how real it is. It's so funny because once females talk about stuff that happens to a body, all of a sudden it's raunchy, but it's life. How does it feel to use relatable experiences such as childbirth to help usher laughs?

Michelle Buteau: Comedy has always been my saving grace. It's helped me find my voice. It's helped me figure out how to talk about stuff in a relatable, palatable way. It's great that people can be entertained and educated through love and laughter. As a mom to twins, how did that dynamic help you to dive into your character?

Michelle Buteau: I have two kids, and I am a tired mom. I try to make time for my friends, but why are my single friends always late? Like, what are they doing? Trying on shoes to take a picture? Just hurry up! 

It's that dynamic of your chosen family [while] in different places. So, being a mom helped me move through the world differently. Now I can see people's inner child. One of the funniest scenes occurred in the beginning when you have gone into labor. Was that pure improv? How many takes were needed to nail that scene?

Michelle Buteau: It is a true story. Susie Fox, a producer of this movie, had a friend who had almost given birth in the lobby. When you are in that much pain, you just try to find a position that helps. So, I think I did that scene about four times. I don't think I had knee pads on. I was like, “I have three or four takes in me because I’ll I start to get lightheaded.” And I'm a fainter. When you're a fainter with titties, nobody [is] trying to be with the trust fall.

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