Worried she won’t be able to take care of her baby, comedian is working as a babysitter

It seems kind of sad that someone would be paying a babysitter to get them up for work in the morning or to go grocery shopping with them on the weekend. But Michelle Buteau,…

Worried she won’t be able to take care of her baby, comedian is working as a babysitter

It seems kind of sad that someone would be paying a babysitter to get them up for work in the morning or to go grocery shopping with them on the weekend. But Michelle Buteau, who is juggling her childcare duties with a second career as a stand-up comedian, is doing just that. “I’m currently working 40-hours a week while providing for my family, often at odd hours,” she tells L.A. Mom. “Working out of my house — who would have thought?” In addition to her childcare duties, Buteau is an account manager at a major management company.

On her website, she says she goes to bars and hospitals and has actually known a lot of people working these types of jobs. “As a comedian, I’ve used food stamps and the government has actually kicked my ass for this,” she writes. She says she likes being a comedian and she’s close to finishing a performance in Honolulu. But she’s missing her kids and is no longer “fighting the ‘unfair’ system that’s made me feel like the work-having-money-while-pregnant-and-having-part-time-motherhood system is fair.” She even has a new baby on the way.

In an email, an aide to Buteau said: “It takes real dedication and devotion to even conceive of making it as a comedian and stay there through the day. But what’s also unique to her situation is that it’s earned. Being a successful, committed employee who is taking care of her own family is a real job, too.”

Read the full story at L.A. Mom.

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