Natalie Starnes has a petite frame for a former powerlifter. In 1988, she competed in the 48 kg category at the world championship in Brussels, Belgium. She lost to Vuokko Viitasaari and decided to pursue another career, one that wasn't so hard on her back. That's when she opened a shelter for red pandas, helping boost their population. After saving one species, she decided to save another and went into the fashion world where she works as a stylist. When she's not styling, she performs at the Dallas Comedy House (DCH) in the troupe Just the Cutest Thing and works at the bar, where she was named 2015 Best Bar Staff by the DCH community. From powerlifting to panda saving to pouring drinks, Natalie does it all with class, humor, and pizzazz.
Hometown? Grapevine, Texas. Me, Cody Tidmore, Grant Redmond, and Christian Hughes all went to the same high school and graduated the same year. We weren't friends, though. I was a scene artsy kid with so many emotions. Though Christian and I did go on a two-week trip through Europe with our German class. Ben Pfeiffer also graduated from our high school!
Guilty Pleasures? I sorta live by the motto "Treat yo self," so nothing is really a guilty pleasure. Probably HGTV marathons, clothes from Korea, and scratch-offs and lotto tickets.
Ambitions? Comedy wise, just keep growing as a player and be in more troupes. I have a crazy work schedule, so it really cuts into my comedy time :(.
As life-wise, I want to start my own business one day. I work as a stylist right now for a company, but it would be so nice just to be my own boss. I want to open a store called Oi Vae and you could come in and make your own essential oil mixes, bath bombs, and what not. I have the bathing habits of Margo Tenenbaum so I feel like I would know what people want as far as bath needs go.
Best Concert? Probably Death Cab for Cutie. I was 17, and they were touring for Plans. I was young and super emotional, and I felt like they really got what a white suburban girl was going through. They also had had a big light-up cabin behind them while they played, and The Cribs opened for them, who I also really enjoyed.
Favorite Book? The Story of Ferdinand and Where the Wild Things Are. I know they are children books, but I can vividly remember reading them as a child. I am a only child so I read a lot when I was younger.
Favorite Movie? Uncle Buck. I like others, but I used to watch this over and over when I was a kid and I still watch it now. My favorite part is when John Candy is wrestling with a cat and yells, "WHO LET THE CAT OUTSIDE?!?!" and one of the kids yells back, "WE DON'T HAVE A CAT!!" Then they lock him outside. Tommy Boy is other movie I could watch over and over. Chris Farley and that bread roll scene, ugh giggles for days. Also I love Mean Girls, because the whole movie is just one big quote along.
Favorite TV Show? The IT Crowd. Richard Ayoade is my ultimate dream man. Garth Marenghi's Darkplace—one of my gay boyfriends was really into British Comedy and that is how I really got into it. 30 Rock, Parks and Rec, Don't Trust the B in Apartment 23, BoJack Horseman, Bob's Burgers, Arrested Devlopment, etc. I tried watching Master of None and to be honest I just couldn't get into it.
Pets? Max, a seven-month hot mess rat terrier mix puppy. I got him from the shelter in October and kept his name because it was the lead character in Where the Wild Things Are. Gilly, a eight-year old lady Chihuahua. My mom got Gilly off of Craigslist, and she is named Gilly from Kristen Wiig's character. Combined they weigh 10 lbs.
Foods I Crave? Mexican food all the time! And sweets! I have the biggest sweet tooth! I can't have chocolate, though, because it gives me migraines.
People I Admire? Far as comedy wise, Kristen Wiig, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Melissa McCarthy, Richard Ayoade. As DCH, Amanda because of what community she has created and she is just a boss. Sarah Wyatt for sure. She has been there when I have doubted myself. When I perform, I always just want to make her proud. When I have a show and I can hear her laugh, I know it is all good. Jerrell—he is my best friend and he just has what Oprah calls the "it factor." So much talent and cheek bones.
As for personal people I admire, my mom hands down. She raised me and is my biggest cheerleader and just a real, strong, independent woman.
Dream Role? Playing Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's daughter in a rom-com where they are a lesbian couple. Dolly Parton makes a cameo as a crazy aunt or godmother.
Favorite Song to Sing? "Heartbreaker" by Mariah Carey. Or some T-Swift. I feel like we have dated the same dudes. She just beat me to the punch on writing about it.
Good First Date Idea? Couples therapy, funeral home to pick out some matching caskets, visiting each others childhood homes....I don't know, I'm really bad at dating.