all started with a dream and an open mic night! The year was 1999 and
I was a volunteer with AIDS Action Committee in Boston, MA in a subgroup
called Queercorps. We were a group of 20somethings doing outreach to
the gay community with something else in common, most of us were performers
of some sort�musicians, comedians, dancers, etc. We decided to
have an open mic night and showcase our talents. I thought to myself,
I'm not a professional singer, I'm not a professional actor, I really
like Dannon Water and I like to sing songs and put my own lyrics to
them, so I will do my version of stand-up comedy. That night arrived
and I got up on stage and started to talk about my passion for water
and not just any kind of water, Dannon Water: crisp, pure, fresh tasting.
As I started to talk, people laughed, slowly more people laughed and
that was all I needed�I knew where I belonged�on stage talking
about things that make me passionate.
Before long, I had
a few minutes of material, then a few more bits of material, now I have
a routine all my own.
In 2000, my dream
came true, I performed in my very first amateur night at the Comedy
Connection in Fannual Hall in Boston, MA. As I took to the stage (with
my many friends in the audience) and started my performance, the next
thing I saw were people laughing more at me than at that first open
mic in 1999. At that moment, I just glowed from the inside out.
In June 2001, I
moved back to NY and by the Fall, I was performing on the amateur shows
at Stand-Up NY and Gotham Comedy Club in New York City. In September
2001, I won funniest Gay/Lesbian Stand-Up Comedian in Stand-Up NY's
Funniest Gay/Lesbian Stand-Up Comedy Contest. Since then, I've continued
to perform at clubs around New York City including NY Improv, New York
Comedy Club, and Makor.
So as I say on my
home page, I'm a different kind of comedian�I sing, do impressions,
and wonder about life all with the help my faithful puppet, Hampton.
I do theatre style puppetry where the audience sees my lips move as
the puppet is talking, it's not vantriliquism (Thanks John & Leo
for teaching me and to Patrick for making "Hampton.")
I am influenced
by many people and things, but my top three comedy influences are Sandra
Bernhard, Ellen DeGeneres, and Wendy Liebman. Three very different comedians,
each strong in their own style, but mesh them all together and you get
me. I am also influenced by Cher, Cyndi Lauper, Madonna, Dolly Parton
and RuPaul - 4 performers who just get out there and do what they love�they
dress up, they dress down, but most of all they are who they are and
they just let the world know it.
Let me finish by
saying, I am who I am and do what I do, so enjoy!