Struggles with body shape and size and finding clothes that fit is something that nearly everyone can relate to. While going out and shopping in the stores, many people see the Photoshopped models that clothes are designed for and think, “How am I supposed to fit into that?”
Family-friendly comedian Jeanne Robertson knows all about this struggle. After all, she’s 6 feet, 2 inches tall, a full 10 inches taller than the average American woman. She’s so above average that her height is literally off the the stature percentile charts used by Centers for Disease Control.
While many people would just complain, Robertson has turned her unique situation into pure comedy gold.
A routine from her comedy special Fabulously Funny details Robertson’s wardrobe woes and had audiences nearly rolling in the aisles with laughter.
Robertson, who hails from the tiny town of Graham, North Carolina, was the state’s pageant queen in 1963 and a winner of the Miss Congeniality award.
She also knows a thing or two about the importance of smiling during a public presentation, even when things, or in her case leggings, are going south. And that ties into her bit about her battle with clothing that won’t fit, which you’ll have to see for yourself to fully appreciate.
Watch Jeanne Robertson’s honest-to-goodness and hilarious anecdote of a 6-foot-2-inch woman’s wardrobe woes:
She came up with a savvy solution:
“If you’re in charge of something and things have gone wrong, and people know it, you can keep a smile on your face. They will assume ‘she’s got this under control,’” Robertson said during a standup gig.
“See me smiling, I’ve covered,” she told the audience. “If I didn’t tell you, you wouldn’t know it, my pantyhose are near my knees.”
Robertson admitted that keeping her leggings up gets exponentially more difficult the longer she is onstage. “The minute I start talking, they work their way down,” she said. After a particularly long speaking engagement, she remembers taking a big step. “It was like a rubber band, whoosh, right up behind me.”
Robertson then delves into her attempt to hire a clothes consultant from New York.
That resulted in a wardrobe solution involving a “body suit” with snaps that could “hold an elephant to a tree” to keep everything snuggly in place. The ultimate conclusion of which unraveled (pun intended) during her next onstage excursion.
Suffice to say, the body suit wasn’t for Robertson … but it definitely made for some great comedy that anyone of any height who’s ever struggled with clothes that just don’t quite fit can relate to.
Sometimes, the best humor is when we’re able to be honest and laugh at ourselves. And that’s exactly what Jeanne Robertson has to offer in her outstanding comedy set.