It was when she and her husband later attended a concert that she looked at the stage and realized she wanted to put on a music show and play music with friends. But what would her show focus on?
For each project, her four rules are to entertain, enlighten, uplift and unite.
At the time, headline after headline featuring men accused of sexual assault had dominated media outlets. After seeing comedian Louis C.K.’s apology statement, the Brooklyn-based comedian decided to honor the #metoo movement by turning male apologies into powerful and funny songs.
“A lot of articles at the time were dissecting these apologies with therapists and that wasn’t really accessible, like my grandma would not read those articles and be like, oh yeah,” Maul said. “So I decided to dissect these songs and point out the ridiculousness of them.
“A lot of men came out of the woodwork and I was like ‘oh, look, they’re all a bunch of creeps, here we go,’” she added.
There are nine songs on the “Apologies from Men” album focusing on stars like Kevin Spacey, Matt Lauer, Russell Simmons, Dustin Hoffman, Harvey Weinstein, Mario Batali and Charlie Rose.
Each song has a totally different style, from a Meatloaf-esque piano ballad to faux-Christian rock to tracks featuring dance and country.
“It’s like the playlist shuffle on my phone because there are all these different genres,” Maul said.
There’s an Italian opera song for Batali’s apology statement which Maul likened to a bit “Olive Garden-sounding.” While talking to her friends about his short apology, they discussed the now infamous pizza dough cinnamon rolls recipe he included under the apology statement. The whole recipe is now in the song and Maul puts on a strong acting bit where she pretends to stop herself from throwing up throughout the song.
The last song on “Apologies from Men” is an instrumental track by “The Men Who Have Not Apologized” but were accused.
There were certain men that Maul decided not to write about, such a Dr. Larry Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics national team doctor and convicted serial child molester.
“Everything’s very upsetting but to make it into a comedy song, there are just some things I can’t get behind,” Maul said. “Plus, when I write these songs with satire, you have to put yourself in the shoes of these people that you’re making fun of but I didn’t want to put myself in some of these mindsets.”
With so many survivors out there, Maul found it empowering to collaborate with so many women on “Apologies from Men.” Especially when it came to utilizing the songs to belittle these men who committed the heinous acts. The album features singing support from comedic musicians such as Alyson Greenfield, Jen Kwok, Lady Kate Weber, Alexius Smith, Chase O’Donnell and Tahlia Robinson.
“Apologies from Men” will be available on March 9th and there will be a free visual album available online through Vimeo and apologiesfrommen.com. Also on March 9th at 9:30 p.m., Maul will debut the songs live at a concert at The People’s Improv Theater at 123 E 24th St. in Manhattan. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at thepit-nyc.com.
“I want to be accessible for all ages, like my 80-year-old neighbor watched one of the videos and loved it,” she said.
Proceeds from the sales revenue from the album will go towards RAINN, the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization.
“Laughter is such a power tool to bring down the powerful,” Maul said.