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Iliza Shlesinger: Earth girls aren't easy

Although she doesn't peg herself as a relationship expert, funny gal Iliza Shlesinger is known for telling jokes about the differences between men and women. "What I tend to do with my comedy is to let girls know, 'Hey, you're crazy, but I'm crazy, too, and it's OK,' " she says during a recent phone interview. "For women in particular, I think it touches them, because when I talk, girls see themselves in my act. I think that's what comedy is for. The relatability part is what makes people laugh."

The down-to-earth comedian, host of the syndicated dating show "Excused" and winner of Season 6 of NBC's "Last Comic Standing," is performing this weekend at the Fort Lauderdale Improv.

You joke a lot about going out at night with your girlfriends. Any funny stories?

We went out the other night, and I had to catch up, because everyone had already been at the bar because I was at a show, and I won't drink before my sets. I raced to the bar, and I got so drunk so fast. And I vaguely remember us making videos to Metallica's "Enter Sandman" in the parking lot of the bar. The next day, I woke up in my guest bedroom.

Describe your ideal man.

You have to at least appreciate my sense of humor and have your own sense of humor in some kind of way. Also, you have to be kind of cute. You can't be a bridge troll. Put some effort into it. I don't want to be the only one doing sit-ups in the relationship.

If you couldn't do comedy, what would be your dream job?

In a perfect world, I would be rhythmic gymnast. Like the guys and girls who use the ribbons during their routines. Or body permitting, an Olympic volleyball player. Or a cat. A fat, orange cat. That way, people would want to squeeze me, and they'd think I was really cute.

Do you have any wacky fan stories?

A fan in Pittsburgh recently gave me a watercolor painting of my dog, Blanche, because I love my dog so much. And I had to take out a restraining order one time on a guy in Michigan. People are weird. Conversely, on the opposite side, there are fans that reach out to you because they're having a sad time and your comedy makes their day a little bit brighter. When they explain that using big girl words, and don't creep you out, it's a very touching thing.

That must make you feel good.

The stuff that I do, a lot of it is about male and female interaction and girl stuff, and I think it touches people because for girls, I think our society is very hard on women. I'm a novice feminist. Everything is, "Women are too fat. Women are too thin. Women hate each other. Don't look good. Look good. You look too good. You're too pretty. You're too ugly." It's nonstop, and at some point in my life, I got fed up with it. I've never been fat or an outcast, but I genuinely feel that women are very hard on each other, and I think that no one has really represented women properly. And, at the same time, I don't think people have represented men properly. We live in a society, going back to "The Honeymooners," and it's always the attractive woman has a big, stupid husband, and the woman does everything. No, women are f----- insane, and because men and women are wired so differently, it's so easy to say, "Guys are stupid." But the truth is, we're just trying to communicate in different languages.

Iliza Shlesinger will perform 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11; 7 and 9:40 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12; and 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, at the Fort Lauderdale Improv, at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, 5700 Seminole Way, in Hollywood. Tickets cost $17-$20. Go to

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