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  1. The Spirit of Christmas Inappropriate

    Tuesday, December 15, 2015

    I had been asked to do a few minutes of comedy at a holiday show on City Island. I responded, “I’d love to!”

    Then during the following days, I worried because nothing I do fits between Jingle Bells and Holy Night.  I thought I should rewrite the lyrics of a holiday song, but I didn’t. I also didn’t think it would solve the problem. I don’t tend to write G-rated comedy material. I worried until the day before the show when I was talking with a couple of co-workers about it. I shared my worry that I’d be inappropriate in the show. I also shared that the people who asked me to participate know my type of material. One of the women said something to the effect of “So, you can be the inappropriate portion of the evening.” And suddenly I felt my shoulders relax. Self-acceptance is so wonderful.

    “Oh I like that. Embracing it. I’m the spirit of Christmas Inappropriate.” They laughed. I knew I could do this.

    My best friend went with me, drove, and taped me. When at the last minute, I had needed something printed out (no working printer at home), he printed it out for me and provided the batteries the camera needed. I am so grateful. On our way to City Island, we cracked each other up so much, and I said to him, “We are definitely funnier than what’s in my set.” And as usual, we agreed that we have years and years of history, loads of reference points, and it is always very personal.

    The whole evening turned out to be much fun – the patrons, the staff and owners, the performers, the sing-along at the end with instruments for everyone. For me, the company and support of my buddy is very happifying.  Everything after that is a delightful extra.

    Dec. 12, 2015
    Starving Artists Café, City Island



  2. 7 comments:

    1. fred arcoleo said...

      That's beautiful, Mindy. Just like you! Present tense! :)

    2. Fred Arcoleo, your comment truly hit the spot. Thank you. What a nice part of my morning.

    3. I embrace the "handsome" woman comments. It is a strong, male term and I dig that. Now, to be fair, when I was very young and someone called me Ma'am, I lost it. That was old and definitely not hot. I've come a long way, baby. Good set, Mindy. Thanks for the morning laugh.

    4. Melinda said...

      Excellent Mindy! You totally nailed it(ugh...just got a visual!). Keep up the great work, and keep loving yourself Sista!

    5. Thank you, Elizabeth and Melinda (Liz and Susy in my head and heart). Your comments mean a lot.

    6. Your blog is my Tuesday highlight!

    7. Melinda said...

      Thank YOU my friend. YOU can always call me Susy. I don't use it on FB because I do not want others to take the liberty that is reserved for those who knew me "then" and know me now. Love you!

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