Q&A with the Hilarious & “NSFW” Yamaneika Saunders!

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Yamaneika SaundersMost people know Yamaneika Saunders from The Meredith Vieira Show, Oxygen’s Funny Girls, or famous comedy clubs in LA and NY, but for those of you won’t know her, she’s one of the funniest and realest comedians out there!

This dynamic comedic queen sat down to share her thoughts on comedy, feminism, and body image. You are in for a real treat – especially videos that will have you cracking up for days with very much adult humor ;p

Natasha: How did you get into comedy?

Yamaneika: I started comedy when I was in high school. My mother was doing comedy and she encouraged me to do it too. At first, I didn’t want to because I was focused on acting. But, once I was doing it, I was determined to make a career out of it.

Natasha: What is the story behind joining The Meredith Vieira Show

Yamaneika: The genesis of everything was when I was on the Last Comic Standing. After doing Funny Girls, I was asked to join The Meredith Vieira Show as a panelist. Once the show was renewed for a second season, I was promoted to remain on as a panelist full time.

Natasha: Does being plus size have any impact on your comedy material in any way? 

Yamaneika: I am plus size so yes I talk about it. But, I don’t like when people diminish you to just being a plus size comedian. That is not all that I am. It is not a negative thing but I am not defined by that alone.

Natasha: How have you dealt with body image issues as a plus size woman? 

Yamaneika: I love it! When I was younger, I was the big girl and the clown. Back in the day, being big was never equated with being beautiful like it is now. You need to rock your shape at whatever weight. Personally, I am very comfortable with my body and I don’t see the need to fit myself into a specific size or be a specific weight. I try to look my best and be healthy.

Natasha: What did you love most about being on The Meredith Vieira Show

Yamaneika: Getting dressed! The fashion is amazing. I can get dolled up and I love it! I never have heels in the street like I do on the show. If you ever see me wearing heels in the street, you will know that I was kidnapped and brainwashed!

Natasha: What is the hardest thing about being a comedian or entertainer? 

Yamaneika: People don’t let you live! Everyone takes things too literal. As a comic, I have to make you laugh but people need to remember that when you go to a comedy show. You need to have be light-hearted about the experience. It is comedy after all!

Natasha: Are there things you wish you knew before joining the entertainment industry? 

Yamaneika: Not to waste too much time. I spent a lot of time studying comedy. I wanted to be a legend in comedy. But, I could have spent less time focusing on the art of comedy. Also, I wish I was more confident earlier in my career. 

Natasha: What are your thoughts on the body positive movement? 

Yamaneika: If the body positivity movement is real then I am all for it. I have never been about bullshitting. You are beautiful if you say it. You need to love who you are and love the skin that you are in!

Natasha: Feminism is a big thing talked about in the media. Are you a feminist?  

Yamaneika: No, I am not a feminist but I am feminine. I don’t subscribe to any group mentality. I am not interested in challenging a man to be seen as his equal. When you love someone you let them do what empowers them! I believe women should submit to men and men should submit to their women. You will find that in the bible, even if it isn’t talked about! 

Natasha: What are three things people don’t know about you? 

Yamaneika: 1) I am an amateur burlesque dancer 2) I am addicted to my phone 3) Most things I say are NSFW (Not Safe For Work)

I have always enjoyed comedy. When you are laughing it is IMPOSSIBLE to be in a bad mood. Taking the time to laugh and enjoying life will only bring you more positivity and prosperity in your life.  

Yamaneika is more than a hilarious comedian. She is a real person who tells it as it is. She can be heard weekly on her podcast Rantin’ and Ravin’ with Yamaneika and Friends.

XOXO 

Natasha  

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