She’s always been a smarty pants, wise ass kind of person. "The nuns in grade school did not have a sense of humor. Perhaps their wimples were too tight?"
In high school, she hid her comedic skills. “Boys were not attracted to funny girls.” If she wanted to get a date to the prom, she had to suppress her brain’s default-to-joke response. “Those were the dark years.”
She graduated from UW-Milwaukee with a degree in Art.
That’s right. Art.
She explains it this way:
“I always wanted to be a writer, actually I wanted to be Dick Van Dyke’s alter ego Rob Petrie, so I took Creative Writing. According to one professor, I wrote ‘like a man.’ A good thing? But according to another, my writing lacked substance and metaphors for death. He was the one who told me to set my sights on something other than writing, and art seemed like the logical option.”
She "came out" as funny in the 1980s and never looked back. “Funny is who I am, it’s how my brain is wired.”