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Get Glam with Heather McMahan for the Garden of Laughs Comedy Event (Exclusive)

McMahan took PEOPLE behind the scenes as she got ready for her N.Y.C. show, benefitting the Garden of Dreams

<p>Heather McMahan</p> Heather McMahan at Garden of Laughs

Heather McMahan

Heather McMahan at Garden of Laughs

If you've ever wondered what goes into prepping to be the only woman on the bill for a huge comedy show, just ask Heather McMahan.

The comedian hit the stage on Wednesday in New York City for Garden of Laughs, a show benefitting the Garden of Dreams foundation — and she was the only funny lady among a group of funny men. That meant she had to be on top of her game from the moment she woke up, and she brought PEOPLE along for the entire day to see the whole process.

Ahead, get ready with McMahan (and find out her favorite preshow eats) and her glam team, makeup artist Kasey Spickard and hairstylist Zuleika Acosta, before she hit the stage alongside her fellow comedy icons.

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Where It Starts

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Heather McMahan

Heather McMahan's makeup

"As you can see, it takes a lot to paint this face. Those brushes work MAGIC, especially when it’s for a 5 a.m. wakeup call!"

Preshow Eats

<p>Heather McMahan</p> Rubirosa pizza

Heather McMahan

Rubirosa pizza

"The only way to pregame playing Madison Square Garden is with pizza from Rubirosa."

Multitasking

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Heather McMahan

Heather McMahan eating pizza

"Can’t say I’m not a multitasker!"

De-Puffing

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Heather McMahan

Heather McMahan getting ready

"Kasey (aka @thefacebykase) working his magic on these undereye bags."

And Curling!

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Heather McMahan

Heather McMahan getting ready

"Don’t forget to curl your lashes, even when you are wearing fake ones!"

It Takes a Village

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Heather McMahan

Heather McMahan getting ready

"Looks like I am getting ready for a production of Cats, but we trust the process."

Almost Ready

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Heather McMahan

Heather McMahan getting ready

"The moment of zen is brought to you by Kasey and Zuleika. Fun fact: I love to listen to Spotify’s 'golden hour' playlist when I get ready. It’s my only moment of calm before the chaos begins!"

The Bigger the Hair ...

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Heather McMahan

Heather McMahan getting ready

"I’m a Southern gal so bring on the big hair."

Finishing Touches

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Heather McMahan

Heather McMahan getting ready

"Putting on the finishing touches. Total glam time: 90 minutes."

Serving Lewks!

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Heather McMahan

Heather McMahan

"Glam is looking absolute fire tonight. I really wanted to bring the heat, being the only female comic performing at MSG’s Garden of Laughs tonight."

Perfectly Pink

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Heather McMahan

Heather McMahan's outfit

"Was really feeling the pink! I took a TikTok AI quiz and it said I’m a warm tones girl so we leaned in and hey, I think it was right!"

Love You, Mean It!

<p>Heather McMahan</p> Heather McMahan with her glam team

Heather McMahan

Heather McMahan with her glam team

"My N.Y.C. glam team. I cannot say enough good things about these two. They make me feel like a star and I just love their energy. Kasey and Zuleika, love you, mean it!"

Smile!

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Heather McMahan

Heather McMahan at Garden of Laughs

"Made it to Madison Square Garden! Having a little giggle to get out the nervous energy before I take the stage!"

Everybody's Here

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Heather McMahan

Heather McMahan at Garden of Laughs

"Just me and the boys! Honored to be a part of this wonderful event for an even better cause. The Garden of Laughs benefits the Garden of Dreams foundation helping young people experiencing hardships by mentorship, networking and educational opportunities."

Slay!

<p>Heather McMahan</p> Heather McMahan at Garden of Laughs

Heather McMahan

Heather McMahan at Garden of Laughs

"Let’s give it up for the final look. Slay, as the kids say!"

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