Comedian Heather McDonald has mastered the art of mining her life for laughs, chronicling the absurdities and embarrassments of marriage, motherhood and dating in her stand-up act.

Her family’s home has been spared in the fires plaguing Southern California, but even that looming disaster had McDonald laughing at herself. Along with the requisite panic and sympathy for those hit by the wildfires, McDonald said in a recent phone interview from Los Angeles,

“You really start thinking about what you’re going to take — I was like, ‘I don’t even care about my wedding album, I’m going to take my Stuart Weitzman boots!’ … I was literally laying in bed thinking about how quickly I could throw my cutest clothing items in a bag.”

McDonald, who first hopped onto the national comedy scene on the popular E! show “Chelsea Lately” and currently hosts the podcast “Juicy Scoop,” will headline the Wheeler Opera House on Sunday night.

She previously sold out the theater for her headlining show at the Aspen Laugh Festival in 2016, which marked her first visit to town. The sartorial excesses of Aspen and its pretty people left an impression on McDonald.

“I felt like a fat, unstylish frump-a-dump,” she said with a laugh. “And I’m pretty cute, pretty put together. The outfits and the fur — it’s amazing watching it all. It’s quite the scene. I loved every second of it. It’s ridiculous.”

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Since her last show here, the “Juicy Scoop” podcast has taken off. It’s begun drawing upwards of a million downloads a month. McDonald is considering expanding the show to television or a streaming platform. “Juicy Scoop” dishes out a mix of guilty pleasures, from the comic’s acerbic recaps of reality shows like “90 Day Fiancé” to celebrity gossip.


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