When asked if she believed she was a better comic than Craig Baldo, Jamie Lee was humble and complimentary toward her colleague. "I'm honored to be sharing a bill with Craig," she said. "I really do think he's fantastic."
Baldo, on the other hand, was not as tactful.
"I'm just going to say that she's very lucky to be performing with me," he said. (Of course, being a comedian, he was entirely joking. He thinks she's great and hilarious.)
Baldo and Lee will perform together at the American Theater.
Subconsciously, you already think Craig Baldo is funny. Even if you haven't seen him on Last Comic Standing or Best Week Ever, haven't read him in The Onion or on CollegeHumor.com, or even if you haven't heard his name before reading this paragraph, as long as you regularly watch television, he's probably made you chuckle. You know him.
Because Craig Baldo is the man behind Wendy's "3conomics" campaign, using three goofy guys to bring customers into the fast food chain for its three 99-cent sandwich choices. That was his idea.
"I just figured out recently that I could use my joke-telling abilities to make a lot of money writing commercials," he says.
The comedian has worked as a copywriter at multiple ad agencies, a fact that his audience typically doesn't know. His ads for Nike, Snickers, and Ford can be seen on his website, craigbaldo.com.
"It's not something that I advertise when it comes to me being a stand up, but some of the ads you might recognize, so it does say something about who I am and what my voice is," he says.
He describes his stand-up act as "very serious."
"I talk mostly just about the war in Kashmir, so that's basically it," Baldo says. "So hopefully people will learn something about war, and maybe then some jokes."
Really, he's kidding. His act is personal and pop-culture oriented, discussing topics like soul mates and music. This will be Baldo's first time performing in Charleston, but he considers it a lifelong dream. But again — he's kidding.
Jamie Lee has never been to Charleston. But as one of the commentators on Life & Style Magazine's fashion slip-up page, mocking some of Hollywood's finest at their not-so-finest moments, she has her opinions on some of the city's eternal trends.
"Seersucker just seems very old Jewish country club to me," she says. "I think it's funny that they keep that tradition going in Charleston."
And Lee was unfamiliar with the concept of madras, using Google to find pictures of it. "Yeah, this isn't attractive at all," she says. "A man should not wear this. It would look great if you cut up the pants and just made a nice throw blanket or quilt to put on your bed. That would be good."
In addition to her condemnations, Lee can be found in CollegeHumor.com videos and produces the "Diamonds in the Fluff" comedy show in New York City, benefiting local animal rescue organizations.
Her stand-up is observational commentary, mixing autobiographical material with absurdist humor. She hopes her audience at the Comedy Fest will be pleasantly surprised.
Despite her views on aesthetics, Lee admits she does not consider herself particularly trendy. Coming from a judgmental family — including a grandmother that thought Lee was fat when she actually wasn't — she believes that the celebrities she criticizes have it coming.
"It's just when I'm given a photo of Pamela Anderson looking drunk on a catwalk, there might be something to say about that," she says.