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  1. Good Stuff

    Sunday, January 22, 2023


     






    Life continues to be interesting – full of surprises, some good and some not.  I had a very good evening with a cousin who’d been trying to get together with me for many years.  I had felt unable to do it for so long, not because of whom he is but more because of a very problematic family history.  Fortunately, he never gave up.  I also knew if I never gave it a chance, I’d regret it.

     

    We got together last Friday night.  He treated me to dinner and drinks.  We talked for about five hours.  We both learned a lot of what we’ve each been through.  At no point did he deny my reality which had been a big concern for me.  Now I am looking forward to our next time getting together. 

     

    Now, for those of you who enjoy all kinds of art forms, I’ll be sharing my poetry at Evie Ivy’s “Dance of the Word.”  There will be other poets, possibly some prose, music, and most definitely belly dancers.  I love watching belly dancing.  I find it meditative.  Here are the details:

    Friday, Feb. 10, 2023

    7pm

    353 W. 48 Street

    $15 includes wine and light fare

    Time permitting, an open mic where you can perform!

     

     

     

    Much love to CGG-M ❤❤❤

     

    Mindy Matijasevic

    January 2023


  2. Things Going On

    Wednesday, January 11, 2023

     








    I spent the past weekend working on an application for a grant for my memoir writing.  There are so many details to the applying process, and at times I felt like giving up.  I kept asking myself how I’d feel if I didn’t even enter the ring.  So I kept marching on.  I am so glad I did.  But it wasn’t stress-free, that’s for sure.  The winners will be announced in May.

     

    Each time I push through something, I feel more capable for future opportunities.  I was left feeling proud, relieved, and mentally exhausted.  It also provided a justification for not doing housework that is piling up.  But the next day I needed to recover from lack of sleep. 




     

    On February 10th, I will be featured at Evie Ivy’s “Dance of the Word” in midtown, an event that has poetry, prose, music, and belly dancing.  



                                                                                        



     





    On February 26th, I will be one of four features reading memoir at Michael Graves’ series at the Bus Stop Café in the West Village.  Both events include an open mic portion of the evening.  Feel free to come and share something with us.




     

    The next comedy show at The Artist on City Island will be in March.  I will update you on the date and other details.  I hope the almost spring weather will make folks want to come out and enjoy.






    I hope 2023 is going well for you.



    Much love to CGG-M  ❤❤❤


    Mindy Matijasevic

    January 2023

     

     

     


  3. Another December

    Sunday, December 25, 2022


     







    On 12/21, I turned a new age.  I went out with two friends who gave me generous gifts, their company, good food, and many drinks.  Maybe because it was a weeknight (no re-routing; no track work), my train trip home was fast and easy. 

     

    Though I bought two boxes of Christmas cards, I never wrote them out or sent them. 

     

    I spent Christmas Eve awake all night watching Forensic Files’ “Twelve Crimes of Christmas.” 

     

    I spent all Christmas Day asleep.  When I went to the store, I was grateful it wasn’t windy.  The freezing temperatures are bad enough.



     

    This year, the last night of Hanukkah is on Christmas night.  So tomorrow, both are behind us.

     

    My holidays did not include any of this:




    or this:




    I remain grateful. 

     




    Much love to CGG-M  ❤❤❤

    Mindy Matijasevic

    Christmas Night 2022

     


  4.  

                        No POC Allowed!

    2023 is NOT the year for People of Color. Do not use POC or BIPOC around me. Save it for Asian, Latino, Afghan, Pacific Islander, Native American, or Semetic associates! Worse than Benign Neglect, these evil terms intentionally erase the continued systemic oppression of Descendants of America's Enslaved. BIPOC and POC sprinkled in conversation is virtue signaling confetti. Forget me with it! TikTok * Twitter Facebook * Instagram * #NinaSimoneOfComedy #HansomeMonday #Ploitoonitics #Politipod  #RealNewz 


  5. Update on Friday 12/9/2022 COMEDY Show!

    Thursday, December 8, 2022


     






    Hello, my dedicated readers!  I want to update you on Friday’s show.

    The line-up changed a bit.  Here’s the new flier. 

     

    I am so glad about this line-up.  All are very funny.  One was the winner of

    the Ladies’ Room Comedy Festival.  I saw another playing a badass defense

    attorney on Law and Order.  One was the winner of this year’s Funniest

    Jewish Comedian in NYC contest.  Then there’s me, Mindy Matijasevic,

    whose comedy – with just a few bleeps – was aired on Fran Luck’s feminist

    radio show on WBAI-FM, “Joy of Resistance."

     

    Laughter guaranteed.

    Friday, December 9, 2022

    The Artist

    249 City Island Avenue

    (#29 bus stops a half block away)

    7:45 seating 8pm Showtime

    Only $15 cover/ NO minimum!

    Pay at the show or in advance:

    https://starvingartistci.square.site/product/friday-12-9-22-8-pm-almost-winter-comedy-show/56?cs=true&cst=custom&fbclid=IwAR2rT1HE5yV1Ilmx0k2j2ACdsU8HLL0T2j6mLyI2VgdfqaGnpoH7Ikhf2P0

     


    Much love and good wishes to CGG-M ❤❤❤

    Mindy Matijasevic  12/8/2022


  6. "Almost Winter Comedy Show" coming up!

    Saturday, November 26, 2022


     






        I did some background work on an HBO show recently.  Needed the money.  But the circumstances were beyond what I could endure.  Outdoor shoot on a cold day and night without our coats.  Won’t do that again.  It felt like torture to me.  Can’t handle it.

     

        Will definitely love the checks as they roll in.  Received the one for wardrobe fitting.  Waiting for the others.

     

        The news:  I’m having a comedy show that will help us all laugh off those Thanksgiving calories!


     https://fb.me/e/3bqjpRuoO


    Mark your calendar!

    Friday, December 9, 2022

    Showtime: 8pm

    7:45pm for seating and settling in

    You are welcome to BYOB

    $15 cover

    No minimum

    Light fare and delicious desserts available for purchase

    I’d love to see you and hear your laughter!

    The Artist

    249 City Island Avenue

    Bronx, NY

     

    You can pay at the place or in advance:

    starvingartistci.square.site/product/friday-12-9-22-8-pm-almost-winter-comedy-show/56

     

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    So much love to CGG-M ❤ 💗 ❤

     

    Mindy Matijasevic

    November 26, 2022

     

     


  7. My Comedy Process

    Monday, October 10, 2022

     








    Some comics seem to always think funny.  Some have talked to me and I thought it was a conversation, but they were working comedy material.  I told one man that I couldn’t tell when he was being serious or doing material.  He said, “That’s the way it should be.”  I thought, not if you want to truly communicate.  I got so turned off.  We were having a meal together, and I, disappointed, just ate in silence.


    Another time, I shared a troubling story from my childhood with another comic.  I thought we were having a conversation, but instead of having empathy, she was laughing.  It wasn’t a funny story (though one could get comedy material from it).  I felt very uncomfortable.  “You think that’s funny?”  She said, “Yes.  If you don’t do something with it, I will.”  I couldn’t understand why someone with a life of her own would want to use a piece of my life as if it were hers.  I told her I will be writing that story but maybe not as comedy.  I haven’t shared much with her since.  I suspect she did use my story in her comedy, but I wouldn’t know that for sure.  I presented the story in a storytelling event at Lehman Stages.  I did include a bit of humor in it, but, overall, it was a serious and troubling story.


    So, I am grateful to be part of a memoir workshop and also a poetry workshop, both meeting weekly.  I need to get through the seriousness and pain of much of my life stories before I can begin to find the funny.  It’s a longer journey, but that seems to be my process.  I’m not a joke machine.


    I’ve also had the pleasure of talking with comics who get what I’m saying.  One shared that she took a long time before including comedy about her mom.  Another shared in a serious conversation about his upbringing.  There were no jokes in the conversation.  When I saw him perform on stage, he turned some of that into hilarity.  I knew the back story which made me appreciate it even more.  Most of my comedy material did not begin as funny experiences. 


     


    https://youtu.be/8ZDMtue_0Z8

     

     

    Love to CGG-M  ❤ ❤ ❤


    Mindy Matijasevic

    October 2022