Now in its third season on MTV, Girl Code has not only become one of cable television’s most popular shows but it has helped propel the careers of a new crop of young, talented comedians. And that’s certainly true in the case of Carly Aquilino, the 23-year-old Long Island native is a standout star of Girl Code and has been criss-crossing the country for the last few years performing in our nation’s finer comedy venues.
Laughspin editor Dylan Gadino recently caught up with Aquilino for a new episode of The Laughspin Podcast, where the conversation ranged from Aquilino’s new dog Whoofy Goldberg (who, as of this writing, has nearly 15,000 Instagram followers) to the benefits of nose picking to how amazing the Girl Code fans are.
“We have a great supportive fan base,” Aquilino tells Laughspin. “These girls and guys come out to shows, they’ll listen to anything were on, they’ll tune into whatever were on. We got really lucky with them, they’re really supportive, they’re very active on social media. Some of them aren’t old enough to come out to comedy shows, but when they turn 18 they’ll come see us do stand up and that will be their first time.”
Check out the full episode below or subscribe and listen on iTunes. For those of you who want a very small taste of the episode, we’ve lovingly excerpted a few chunks below the audio. So, enjoy. And be sure to check out Girl Code every Wednesday at 11 pm ET on MTV.
On what goes into filming Girl Code
We filmed 40 episodes in one year, seasons one and two were 20 episodes each and then we did 17 episodes for this season. It’s a lot of talking. Since I’m in New York I’ll usually do one or two episodes a day. Doing two episodes in a row is like 6 hours plus hair and makeup. It takes a long time for the hair and make-up, they’re really professional. For the guys they just cover up pimples, for the girls its like we’re going to the Grammys.
On why Girl Code is so special
We say things on TV that no ones really touched on before. Just like Guy Code, guys never really talk about that stuff. Especially with Girl Code, it’s fun to see girls just being real. Being like, “Yeah I fart, get over it. You fart, and Oprah farts too.”
On the time there was a baby in the audience of one her shows
Once there was an 18-month-old in the front row, the mom was just holding it, like “Yeah this is my baby.” And It was weird. I know the baby isn’t absorbing what I’m saying, but stop having a baby right now. Everyone in the crowd knew there was a baby and would look at the mom every time I would say something.
On what its like being semi-famous
People see someone on TV and say “Oh my god they have such a glamorous life.” Meanwhile I’m in the 37th row on a Delta flight. It’s not what a lot of people think it is. One time at the airport a guy said to me, “You don’t have your own plane?” I have a one bedroom apartment that I rent; I don’t even have a car. People don’t have planes, planes are so much money! Where do you even put a plane? You need storage for a plane, you need gas, you can’t just have a plane. People think if you’re on TV you’re a millionaire.
On her trademark hair color
I’m transitioning it. It was red since high school, so now I’m growing it out, and every time my roots come in, I dye them baby pink. Once it gets to a certain length, like to my shoulders, I’ll cut all the red off. I’m trying to go baby pink so I can eventually go white, it goes in steps. If you go straight for it, your hair just breaks off. Its happened to me.
On being a hairdresser
I was a hairdresser when I was in high school. I went to beauty school when I was 15, 16-years old and then I did hair on Long Island then moved to the city and started to do hair there. And then I had back surgery, so I couldn’t do hair anymore. But I didn’t have any college education and trying to get a job without college education is horrifying. There’s nothing out there. So the only thing I could do is work in a hair salon, so I was a receptionist for a few years. During that time I said “I’m gonna try do stand-up.” I would go to work in the morning and try stand-up at night for fun.
On what compelled her to do stand-up comedy
I always wanted to and I never could, because when I did hair I had crazy hours. I did runway and editorial stuff for models. So I would be working till one or two in the morning. I never actually had time to do it. But once I got hurt, I got surgery on my spine, so I was in a wheel chair for five months. I would write a lot, I was home all day, I couldn’t do anything unless someone took me somewhere. My parents work and my family was out of the house during the day. So I would just write all day. I was on Morphine so it’s a good thing I didn’t do stand up with that material because it really made no sense. I wrote four pages on ketchup. Once I was in my right mind, I said I’m gonna write out five minutes and do a bunch of open mics and meet people.
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