It is my dream to be an over-paid television writer with full insurance benefits, including dental. My favorite food is toast, my favorite color is blue, and I enjoy reading detective novels. Give me a personal trainer who dispenses chocolate and foot massages, well then, I can die a happy woman.
Like everyone else, I lay awake at night worrying about my health, my kid, my job, and how we would evacuate Manhattan in the event of a tsunami. I think of hysterically funny jokes at 2:00 a.m. and can never remember them when I wake up.
I am an administrator (re: professional mommy) at work and a mommy (re: amateur administrator) at home. You won’t see me doing the midnight comedy shows because I’m just too damn exhausted, but I have played some great New York City clubs including Stand Up New York, Comic Strip Live, and Don’t Tell Mama. I’ll be adding some new clubs in 2011, so keep an eye on my calendar for upcoming dates.
Here’s how it happened:
It all began the day that—as a shy fifth-grader—I snuck into the Coconut Grove Playhouse in Miami, where my mother was working backstage on a production of Grease. Two hours later, I knew it was my destiny to spend many more hours in dark theatres. A career as a child actor ensued, and by the time I had conquered the usual high school geek clubs—drama, debate, choir—I wanted nothing more than to one day live in New York City and be an actress.
After an insane amount of hard work, high SAT scores, and a lot of auditions, voila! I was a student in the famed Lee Strasberg Drama program at NYU. Sadly, my college education was interrupted by my daddy’s stint in prison and a home foreclosure (throw in what happened to the dog and it really is a country-western song). I went back to Florida to support my younger brother, working a string of fulfilling and stereotypical jobs like nightclub hostess, print model, and flight attendant.
The dream, however, wouldn’t die. I kept going to auditions and through a long chain of miraculously fortuitous events (translation: I was pretty and could utter profanities with a straight face), I landed a co-starring role in Orion Pictures feature film “The Heavenly Kid.” Unaware that the film would be released the very same weekend as “Back to the Future” (i.e., no one saw it) I blissfully returned to New York City to resume what I expected would be a brilliant and successful acting career.
OK, fast forward: I wrote a few plays that have been produced and published (love those royalty checks); was a Fulbright finalist and a member of the Actor’s Studio (Playwrights/Directors Group); finally earned my B.A. in Humanities (with honors) from NYU, and even spent three years there teaching Fiction 101 part-time.
After having a baby in 2003, I decided to try something really challenging and started my stand-up comedy career.
And here we are: There’s not much that you can do that is more exciting (or terrifying) than getting up on a stage in front of a crowd and saying exactly what you think and making people laugh. We all need to forget our troubles for a while, and if I can help you do that, well, it takes the guilt out of how much I enjoy it.
Cue the new dream! And, action!