The Dirty Curls on “The Alex Aaron Comedy Hour”

Hey Curlfriends! Hope you’ve had a great week and have some hours of relaxation ahead of you. While you kick back, why doncha check us out on the Alex Aaron Comedy Hour… I started it almost 13 minutes in, when we come on.

HAHA. We had a ton of fun improvising that walk-out. I’M SUCH A DIVA, YOU GUYS.  Anyway, the full performance starts here:

CALIFORNIA! … And Curls Status!

OK OK OK OK, hi Curlfriends, it’s Courtney. You know I haven’t been the best at keeping you updated here, but Gwenyth Paltrow’s *the best* at keeping you updated (or maybe it’s Oprah or Miley Cyrus), and there’s no way I am even going to try to get to that level of organization and efficiency.

However, I sure did get out of Minnesota fast!

What? Yeah, okay. If you don’t already know, Curlfriends, your friend Courtney headed back West to Southern California, the Motherland of McLean, probably for permanents, about a month ago. Lots of reasons why, and here’s some of them:

  • Career: Los Angeles is teeming with people who want to pay you big money for your art. But seriously, It’s a really awesome time for women in comedy right now. It is my plan to “make it happen.” This is, of course, reason #1. I am grateful to Minnesota for many things; it was the fertile soil in which I bloomed, and now I need a bigger pot (and more sunshine. And more pot). 
  • Roots/Connections: I know a shit-ton of people here from growing up in Orange County and college in San Diego, my time in New York City, AND there’s people here that I know from the past 8 years in the Twin Cities too! Since junior high, my closest friends have been performers, and a lot of them have pursued careers in surrounding fields, so I know a nice handful of people in entertainment. It’s really exciting and a great relief to experience the networks you have built throughout the years kinda catch you like a spider’s web.
  • Family:  Being around so many people in Minnesota that never strayed too far from home really taught me how much I missed my family. The McLeans are (Los) Angelenos dating back to the late 1800s! We have a lot of family history here.  My parents are still alive and healthy, but they are getting older. So are my cousins’ young children! And my brother and my cousins too… I’m excited to not have to spend a few hundred bucks getting home for Christmas.
  • Weather: Fuck winter, you guys, seriously. White Christmases are massively overrated. Also, I gotta say, the effect winter in MN had on my productivity was harrowing. It’s been “much hotter than usual, Courtney, it’s usually not this bad” in the past two weeks here in CA, but I still have an overwhelming desire to get up and get out into the sunshine every day.  
  • Plants: SO MANY SUCCULENTS & PALMS! <3 <3 <3 <3
  • All-Year Motorcycle Riding: oh yeah, I’ve been riding a motorcycle for the past few months and though I have friends here begging me not to ride on the freeways in Los Angeles (riders can go between lanes in CA, it’s nuts and it’s expected), I am really excited to just take a cruise through the hills in January.
  • Fun time: Curlfriends, liquor stores open on Sundays. Alcoholic beverages available en masse in your local supermarket, and that’s likely open 24 hours. My love for the nectar has waned a bit in the past couple of years, but it’s nice to know I don’t have to drive 45 minutes to pick up beer for the game. (Sports!). Also? WEED CARD. You may know I’m an advocate of marijuana, but you might not know that it really helps calm my anxiety too. I’M FOR SERIOUS. But also, I like smoking weed (or vaping, or eating, or whatever).


  • Leslie Jones is 47 years old: Dunno if you’re aware of this fact, but Leslie Jones, castmember of Saturday Night Live, was hired *as a castmember* at the age of 46 (she was a writer for a couple years before that, but still, hired as a writer at 43, 44?). It made me feel like I still have a few good years left in me.

But what’s going to happen to THE BAND?

The Dirty Curls’ most recent incarnation is still the band. As of this point, if anyone can afford to get us all in one spot, I would insist that Anna, Cherry, Lacey, and Madoo be there. Obviously, as time passes and I meet new people, I’ll probably have new people play with me. But, once a Dirty Curl, always a Dirty Curl (unless you were a dick. You know who you are), and there’s a big possibility a couple of them might end up out here anyway! Time’s gonna tell on that one!! As of right now, I am performing the songs solo, which is definitely its own beast You can also see this as me being the “scout ant,” away from the colony, scoping out the possibilities for cult-like international fame.

So what’s the plan, McClean?

Basically, I’m just going to continue doing what I was doing in the Twin Cities. Performing and producing shows, playing the songs, and telling the stories… and making people laugh. I’m going to get on stage as much as I can and show up every time I say I’m going to and have stupid amounts of fun doing it.

Hopefully this isn’t a shock that I’m gone. But I’m not really – I mean, there’s social media, and you can Google me and waste a few hours with me there. And I’ll be back to visit for sure! Hello?!? Dirty Curls fans are IN Minnesota. Also, we’re going in for a Fringe show again this year: The Hate Show! It’s going to be spectacular.

What’s also going to happen is that I’m revamping the Dirty Curls website. It’s going to be a more “me” oriented catch-all site for my comedy, but the Curls and Curls-related performances, news, etc, will still make for the bulk of the content. That and my silly blathering. The revamp is coming up very soon; I’m working on culling all the pertinent information as we speak.

Stay tuned. A lot of wonderful things are bubbling all over the place. I hope for you too.

Much love,


HIATUS OFFICIALLY OVER! Upcoming Shows! Come out and get your naughtybilly on.

Hi Curlfriends!  We have a handful of shows coming up we’d like ya to know about ! They’re all in the Twin Cities area, but hang tight, out-of-state fans, I’m a-comin’ your way this year… (Midwest, Southwest, Northwest, Rockies West, maybe… I’m lookin’ at y’all).

Saturday May 30 at Mattie’s on Main! FREEEEEE!!!

Matties On Main- May 30

Sunday, May 31 at Bryant Lake Bowl! CHEAP! 


Friday, June 5 at 7:30pm, Courtney does a couple of songs at The Funny!, a brand-new women’s cabaret from Fringe comedy masterminds, Raw Sugar! 


SATURDAY, June 26 at 7pm the full band takes the stage for the Uptown Pride Block Party!!  We’re so excited to play a daytime, all-ages set that’ll go right over the young ones heads (and please let us field any unending lines of innocent questions)! We’re up from 7pm – 7:30pm and this show is TOTALLY FREE!  YAY! You don’t gotta buy this cow!!


AAAAAAANNNNNNNDDDD we have been invited back to Convergence a mere two years after our full-band debut… FRIDAY, JULY 3 at 10pm at HarmCon during Convergence at DoubleTree Bloomington!  We’re psyched and honored to be back, AND we’re bringing Alicia Kay of The Changeups – featuring on guitar and backup vocals! YEAH!


Thanks for tuning in, Curlfriends. Knowing about our upcoming shows is important for your survival and I’ll try my best to get you to know about stuff, but sometimes I’m just coming out of a fog and forget to tell you about FANTASTIC SHOWS like the XTC Tribute we did a week ago. Senses Working Overtime 3 was the second year in a row for me participating in this amazing event. I sung “Generals & Majors,” and I had a freakin’ blast. I promise, next time I will remember to tell you about these things so that you don’t miss outfits like this:



Curlfriends, it’s Lacey’s birthday!!!  Help us celebrate by tweeting at her at @Laceylaceyanne, mkay?

Happy Birthday Lacey 2015

Lacey is the newest Curl, and the newest momma Curl too. Words to describe her: genuine, sexy, sensual, spiritual, sweet, compassionate, gorgeous, funny, easy-going, adventurous, free-spirited. She’s just so freakin’ rad. We’re really lucky to have her, and her boobs, in our band.

(And – OOPS! I forgot to wish Cherry Mae a happy birthday on hers, April 7. GO HERE for a retro-active celebration!) 


Welcome to our first time-traveling post. I’m writing this feverishly on May 27, 2015 and I’m going to hand it over to the internet gods to post it to this blog on April 7, 2015, CHERRY MAE’S BIRTHDAY! (Because I forgot to post that day).

EDIT: Alas, changing the date to the past doesn’t work in WordPress, I guess. Well… better late than never.

We are glad you weren’t aborted, Cherry Mae!

Happy Birthday Cherry Mae

Well, I’m pretty sure she had a great one, so don’t worry.

Words to describe Cherry Mae: empathetic, mischievous, conscientious, fun, gifted, sharp, loving, loyal, and giving. We’re glad she’s back, and we’re glad she never went away.

SHOW! May 7 at The Varsity!

We are very excited to announce a last-minute show with our sexy pals The Changeups!  and soon-to-be new besties G-Biz.

You better phone home, y'all.

You better phone home, y’all.

Curlfriends! We’ve been in hiding for … oh, I guess it’s barely been three months. But we’re coming back on the scene with a show at THE VARSITY! The last time we were there, Anna was getting married!!

Remember remember way back in November? Anna & Tom's wedding!

Remember remember way back in November? Anna & Tom’s wedding!

This is very exciting for us as we’ve never played The Varsity as a band (Courtney did some solo songs and standup comedy for NARAL’s Comedy For Choice a few years back). We hope you can make it! Because this show just came together, the ticket link isn’t up just yet, but check back here for info as we get it!

What Now?

Welp, Curlfriends… we did it. We had our CRAZY WEEKEND OF SHOWS, which I say, and I think Les Curls would agree, we had a freakin’ great time with our pals Le Cirque Rouge Burlesque and Wordsprout and SLAM MN’s Erotica Slam (and me solo on Sunday night at the inaugural Kill It! Variety Show). Aside from a few false starts, my breaking of a string before our second Friday show, and discovering on stage that my bridge was damaged (but still functional… if we just take this butter knife and file the notch down a bit) at the first Saturday show, we rocked approximately 1000+ faces off. Thanks for joining us in our little corner of the internet!

C.M. & the D.Cs in da house.

A photo posted by ohfuckyeah (@ohfahhhkyeah) on

So now what?  When’s our next show?  Well, we actually have nothing booked right now (though we’ll probably do something the weekend of Pride, so get yer rainbows ready).  But… we’re not taking a break. I’ve got some new songs coming out the poop shoot (what do you think Elvis was doing when he died? Shitting and writing a song, motherfuckers). We’ll be rehearsing these new songs and getting ready… to record a new album.  Not sure who’s gonna put it out yet, but we’re hoping Stand Up! Records will have us back for another round. Anyway, that’s one announcement: we’re going back into the studio very soon to do #2. Shitting and recording. Two #2s. 

Enough of the blowing of your mind!

Here’s a joke: A Minnesota KTSP TV traffic & entertainment legend, a former police officer-turned-standup comedian, and a dirty comedy musician walk into a bar…

And they start a podcast?

Yeah, I’m doing a podcast with my buddy Chuck Gollop and Minnesota TV news legend Rusty Gatenby, who I didn’t know (not being raised in MN), but my roommate was like, “NO. WAY.” So, that’s cool!

Rusty, Chuck, Tim Mahoney (yes, that one), and Court!

Rusty, Chuck, Tim Mahoney (yes, that one), and Court!

So, we’re doing an entertainment, news, personal stories, etc, podcast called “Twin Cities Hit Show.” Say it fast a few times and see what comes. We get it. We did it on purpose.

Anyway, so Court’s gonna be doing this in the meanwhile and so far, Rusty has played Gay For You every day in a quasi-kidding campaign for it to be the TCHS theme. Hahah. So, check out our most recent episode, seriously, “Gay For You” plays in the first minute.

I’m not gonna post about this all the time, but you can find TCHS on Facebook and Twitter. Though, I’m tweeting a lot on @DirtyCurls about it.  But do stay tuned here! I’ll be sharing rehearsal clips and photos and videos, etc.