Dirty Curls videos on Stand-Up! Records Roku Channel!

Wheeeeee, Curlfriends!  Dan the Man over at Stand-Up! Records, our little-label-that-could (and does), told us that the videos for “When Baby Becomes Legal” and “I Would Go Gay For You” are available for viewing over and over again on your flat-screen TeeVee up on Stand Up! Records Roku Channel!!

That is very exciting! I don’t own a Roku, but I know people who do, and they have money, which means other people with money have Roku and will possibly watch our videos and want to give me or the producers money. Right? That’s how it works?

And big ups to Girls Aren’t Funny Productions, who did “When Baby Becomes Legal” and Pommelhorse Productions for “I Would Go Gay For You!”

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A still from “I Would Go Gay For You”

Here’s the link for the Stand Up! Records Roku channel if you missed it!



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! ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤
  • 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,


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.

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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.


Curlfriends! It’s Anna’s birthday today! SHE IS 30 YEARS OLD!!!!!!!!!! Wish her a very happy one in the comments if ya want! 


Thank you, The Dan Band!

So Anna, Cherry Mae, and I played Mill City Nights a week ago as the opener for The Dan Band. It was a shit-ton of fun. Everyone at Mill City Nights (which is the name of the venue, not a series of concerts, which is what I thought. Heh) was super nice and professional. Our set ran 5 minutes short of our allotted time, but Nick told me that was okay in the music world. I lost my phone, but then I found it again two days later (it was still at Mill City).

The crew at Mill City Nights let us sit UNDER THE STAGE! Okay, but once Dan started we had to leave. hahaha. They probably just wanted us out of the way. We were into it.

The crew at Mill City Nights let us sit UNDER THE STAGE! Okay, but once Dan started we had to leave. hahaha. They probably just wanted us out of the way. We were into it.

Photo by Ryan Hype!

Photo by Ryan Hype!

Photo by Todd Pernsteiner!

Photo by Todd Pernsteiner!

Photo also by Todd Pernsteiner!

Photo also by Todd Pernsteiner!

Dan Finnerty and Court, making a really awkward face.

Dan Finnerty and Court, making a really awkward face.

After the show, I got led by a couple of really cool fans to O’Donovans, across the street from First Ave, and Dan and most of his band were there, along with some other new friends from the show. I chatted for a while with Gene, one of the suited back-up singer/dancers. And I ordered a fantastic brie and fruit and cracker something or other. It was heavenly. I want one now.

Remember when Courtney went on Tour?

Oh Curlfriends!  First off, according to the fancy stats shit here on WordPress, we have a few more of you in the mix, and WELCOME TO YOU is what I say!  I think I have promised to write more blog entries more than any other resolution I have ever made (it’s like the public personality’s version of losing weight or saying “I’m sorry” less or spending more time with the kids). And I am making it again for 2015. More blog entries in 2015.  It’s already Jan. 6 and I’m already writing WAY too much for the hefty task of writing TWO BIG-ASS entries catching you all up to date with Curls happenings and stuff (a tour update, which is this one, and a 2014 recap). We’re redoing our website real soon and The WebMaster said that we shouldn’t worry about a blog, that it’s hard to keep up, and it’s time-consuming. But honestly, I’d just be surfing Facebook and not writing new songs anyway, so I may as well just tell you a story or some shit.

SO I WENT ON TOUR.  I attempted to write some stuff about it.  Here’s the beginning of what I started writing after my Nov. 7 show in Duluth:

Curlfriends!  How’s your world?  So I (Courtney, doy) was in Duluth a mere 26 hours ago, leaving the sleepy seaside town having forgotten about 20+ CDs at The Red Herring Lounge, where I played the night before.  Played, and obviously, did much more. Enough to forget our CDs (which I didn’t realize till I was pulling up into my driveway in St. Paul). But no worries! I got another box for going down south (like, literally, to The South, United States, that’s not a cunnilingus reference) and I’m sure they’ll all sell like hotcakes.

Post-show with Rannah Hey... I MEAN Hannah Rey... *hic*

Post-show with Rannah Hey… I MEAN Hannah Rey… *hic*

Duluth superstar Hannah Rey and I rotated sets till almost bar-close, then I

The show in Duluth was a freakin’ BLAST.  Local songstress with the voice of an angel from sexy hell, Hannah Rey, played in rep with me.  We did three sets each (the last one being some serious drunk self-indulgence)

That’s it. That’s what I wrote about Duluth.  I did post an update on my IndieGoGo page about Kansas City:

WELLLLLLL. It’s been a few days since I’ve written and I’m over halfway through my tour (only 3 more shows)! Lo siento para no escribando.  That was a horrible Spanish translation of “I am sorry for not writing.” 

I see I gave you a good lowdown on Duluth, which is awesome because I hardly remember it now that it’s been over a week.  And I’ll have to do this city by city because I only get 2500 characters per post!


I arrived in Kansas City around 7pmish at my friends’ Jess & Val’s place. They actually live in Overland Park, Kansas, which is a skip and a jump away, but when I got to the place, Val had picked me up a fifth of Jameson and Jess poured me a beer.  

I met Jess & Val through my NYC friend/old co-worker, Carly Comando.  Carly herself is an amazing musician and tours all over with her husband & bandmate, Tom, as Slingshot Dakota.  Carly met Jess when they started working together after Carly moved to Pennsylvania (this is a couple years after I left NYC for MN).  Then Jess & Val moved to Minneapolis, and Carly hooked me up with them, THEN a year or so later, I walked into Pizzeria Lola to get a job WHERE JESS WORKED, and then we started working together.  It’s a triangle of employment, y’all.  (I can say that now, I’ve lived in the South for the past 4 days).   We’ve all worked together, but not all THREE of us together.  Whhhaaaaaat? Anyhoo.  

Jess & Val kindly offered to drive me to the venue so that I could party it up proper.  One thing that makes comedy music easier than stand-up comedy (and there’s a few things, to be sure) is that I can do it pretty well when I’m tipsed.  Well, as long as I know the song.  

(In Duluth, I almost bailed on “Pity Phuck” because I couldn’t remember the chords, but the audience convinced me to just *sing* it while they, surprisingly consistent in rhythm, clapped along. It was pretty fucking awesome)

We walked into the bar and promptly discovered the open mic I was following was not to finish until midnight, which meant I was up *after* that. J & V were fine with it, and I even did a few songs in the open mic and got a couple of people to STAY as a result.  There were probably 20 people there at the fullest, but I had a few that stayed till the bitter end, including this adorable guy named Mark who played the mandolin on “Joe Biden” and “Safe Words” with me.  I could tell he wanted to make out with me, but I just didn’t have the beauty sleep to spare! Next time, Mark, NEXT TIME!  

Kansas City, ladies and gentlemen.  Then I went to Dallas, then to Austin, then to New Orleans, then to Nashville, then to Iowa City, then played a homecoming show in St. Paul.


I feel like giving you a tour update almost two months after the fact is self-indulgent. And honestly, I just want to let myself off the hook.

… and also because I want to see what the tour MOVIE says.  I mean, I HAVE to do that for the IGG backers, so let’s just do that.  My first executive decision of 2015.  No official written tour story, just the movie. So, more time for the important things!

Like writing more blog entries.