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  1. "Mindy, what do you have lined up?"

    Tuesday, July 11, 2017


    For those of you who have asked, “Mindy, what do you have lined up?” I so appreciate that question and am putting it all in one place.  I was featured at two poetry readings last month which I didn’t announce here (sorry), but upcoming events include:

    Monday, July 24, 2017 at 8pm, I will be a featured reader at the Saturn Series Poetry Reading at Shades of Green on East 15 Street between 3rd and Irving Place, New York, NY.  Contribution $3 plus a menu item (drink or food).  Includes an open mic, so bring something to share if you like.





    Monday, August 21, 2017 at 6pm “What Were the Sixties Really Like?” at Cornelia Street CafĂ© (downstairs) on Cornelia Street between West 4th and Bleecker Sts., New York, NY.  I will be reading prose.  All female line-up that night.  $10.  Great food and drink available for purchase.  












    Friday, September 1, 2017 at 10pm Broadway Comedy Club, 318 W 53rd Street, New York, NYI am part of the line-up in Aaron Smith’s show, Funny Underground Comedy Krew.   $20 plus 2-drink minimum.



    Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 7pm She Reads at NAMA, 107 West 130th Street, New York, NY.  Not yet determined if I am reading my poetry or performing comedy.















    If something fits into your schedule and budget, I'd LOVE to see you there.




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  2. Comedy Day & Night By Rhonda Hansome

    Saturday, July 8, 2017


    The first Wednesday in June on the N train to Queens. This is exactly how I like MTA travels, uneventful. We pull into the last stop and the sunshine of Ditmars Blvd. station.  Downstairs, 23rd Ave. is all cafes and lively Greek restaurants flanked by working class storefronts.

    I cross the street and wave to my petite friend. Joan's casual elegance and quirky artistic sensibility drew me to her instantly, but her self-described "red diaper baby" humor sealed our friendship. 

    Looking for a political firebrand as adorable as Gracie Allen? 
    Comedian Joan Reinmuth

    Joan's joie de vivre inspires her fearless comedy and her innovative wearable art.     My co-host/co-producer complements me perfectly. Her outside the box - no box approach balances perfectly with my controlling theater director / stage manager background. 

    We surveyed QED Astoria and plotted the debut of our Comedy Faux Talk Show: Best Friends With Rhonda.*  We left QED satisfied the cozy community venue was an excellent lab for our experiment in group humor. Where to review our notes?  Over Greek appetizers al fresco before heading homeward.

    That night, in the Bronx, I connected with She So Funny Blogger 

    I'd been trying to get together with my friend Mindy, who created Divorced Divas of Comedy, for quite a while. Finally our schedules jibed. At Isla Cafe, a bustling Westchester Ave. night spot, we caught the Product of Evolutions comedy show 
    Headliner -  Mike Yard
    From The Larry Wilmore Show

    Edwardo Infante the show's producer gave us stage side seats, which made us easy foils for the cavalcade of comics. We took their ribbing in good nature and networked with them after the show. What could be better? On our way to the 6 train Mindy shared her survival job's new potential.

    To ALL my comedy buddies, thank you for the precious time spent laughing, creating or just having a beer. 

    Speaking of being with cherished friends...
    Mon. 7/10, my birthday I'm with the satirical powerhouse 
                                            John Fugelsang
    Tell Me Everything 
    2-5 PM on SiriusXM ch 121

    Looking for a completely new storytelling experience?
    Join Us For
    What I Learned About My Mother
     7PM Wed. 7/12 - Generation Women


    *Best Friends With Rhonda Are Proud was a great success.
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  3. Cannabis Parade 2017

    Tuesday, July 4, 2017













    I went to the Cannabis Parade in May. 



    My buddy Judy and I went together which made it more enjoyable.  Plus she takes good pictures.

               Check out the suit.                         



    Check out the socks.

     

    The largest “joint” I’ve ever seen.





    The issues affect so many people, even beyond those who partake in the pleasures of cannabis.  There are people lingering in jail for what is now at least decriminalized in many places.  Their families are without them.  People of many walks of life come together.





    We were invited by cannabis activist Paul Gilman.  (You can contact him on Facebook if you want info about next year's march.)  After the rally at Union Square Park, we went to a friend of Paul’s apartment to relax before an after-party.  I really was glad to get to know his friend Svetlana.  Quite a cool and intelligent woman. 

    It was my 2nd time going to this event, first time with Judy.  It’s always an adventure.  Judy and I got something we wanted out of the experience… to be able to sit in a park downtown and smoke a fuckin’ joint in peace like it used to be in the 70s and 80s.




    Hope you are having a safe 4th of July.  I’m staying in.
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  4. Enlarge the Compassion Sac

    Tuesday, June 27, 2017


    I am sorry that so many men are obsessed with penis size. They worry about the wrong organ. There needs to be a Viagra for heart size and dysfunction.



    I know many might tell me that penis size does matter to women.  If you are abnormally small or large, yes that would likely be an issue.  We do need to feel it, yet we do not want to need the ER. 









    The size of one’s humanity matters more to so many of us.  If any woman ever made you feel bad about the size of your genitals, that was a rotten thing for her to do.  It is her flaw, not yours.

    I’ve known men who wouldn’t work on their main relationship in a genuine way, but would take pills with unknown side effects to make sure their dick worked.  I often thought what about trying to have an honest relationship where your dick isn’t weighed down by all the lies and cheating and being shitty in general.  But that doesn’t come in pill form.

    Some of you may want to tell me about all the women who alter themselves – boob jobs, nose jobs, etc.  They also are focusing on the wrong parts most of the time.  Nobody I know looks forward to wrinkling, but when messed with too much, some people end up looking much worse.

    I believe there is a good place for plastic surgery – burn victims is one example.  But deciding you need a bigger anything due to standards set by others is where I feel we’ve been pressured into a view that may not have authentically been ours to begin with.  I know of no newborn who cares if the feeding comes from a small, medium, large, or extra-large breast.  As long as that mammary gland is working and its owner is loving, don't mess with a perfect happening.



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  5. The universe has presented me with a milder case of my childhood once again. As Oprah has said, until I learn what I need to learn, those opportunities will appear again and again.  My best friend refers to it like a vaccine – “…a milder form of the disease that hopefully makes you stronger.”



    There are some differences.  Important ones.  The people involved are not my family (though they like to throw that word around).  I have a voice and complete articulate thoughts.  Though not the majority, there are ears and hearts, of those who see things clearly, open to me.  I do attribute God/the universe/whatever higher power that exists with blessing me with certain people/angels just when things seem darkest and least hopeful. 





    Another difference is having experienced the freedom when I see things for what they truly are, not what I’d like to think they are or need them to be.  It frees up my energy to proceed as necessary.  And, of course, my anti-depressants help too.





    I’d like to think that as long as I’m still growing, I still have a place on the Earth.





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  6. Birthdays, Books, and Flaccidity

    Tuesday, June 6, 2017











    I just found out on May 25th, which is my late mother's birthday, that it is also Eve Ensler's birthday.  Both are pioneers in their own right.  



    When I was in a production of Ensler's Vagina Monologues, I remember saying to a co-actress, "I hope my mother can see this."  She answered, "Your mother probably has the best seat in the house."

    My mother certainly deserved the best seat in the house.



    At my job, staff is being encouraged to read 


    which I am enjoying so much.  

    My reading/writing class and I are reading  
     
         
    which we are enjoying together.  I love ending the school cycle on a high note.




    My buddy and I concluded that I should consider this a special skill to add to my resume:  I can talk most men out of their hard-on within sixty seconds.   It is a useful skill.



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  7. Dragonfly Woman

    Saturday, May 27, 2017







    I was sitting in the park, and eventually the squirrels got my attention.  The constant chasing made me wonder if the one getting chased ever gets any peace.  

    No matter what is going on outside, I can go home.  And since being gratefully single, no one is in my apartment to bother, belittle, or betray me.  For a long time, I didn't know if I'd ever have the luxury of living in relative peace.  

    I couldn't stop thinking about the squirrels and the birds.  Life for the female seems like being prey 24/7.  They can't really hide from each other.  And birds can fly, but for the ones being chased that doesn't mean they can escape since the chasers can fly too.  I thought that it must be so exhausting.  In some way, I felt connected in sisterhood with the female squirrels and birds.

    Days later a friend of mine sent me this:


    Brilliant!
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  8. Food Stamp Stomp By Rhonda Hansome

    Thursday, May 4, 2017


    A "Grade A Fool" got her panties in a twist on Facebook over a stranger's use of food stamps. An EBT Card Owner bought food and requested $50.00 cash back. It then appeared the EBT card owner used that entire $50.00 to purchase lotto tickets. This pissed off, to no end, "Grade A Fool" and a number of her followers.

    Anyone in the unenviable position to qualify for Food Stamps and actually receive an EBT card deserves to use HER money as she sees fit. 

    Corporate welfare queens continue to profit from paying as little as their numerous tax loopholes will allow.  On campaign, POTUS 45 actually touted his use of tax evasion loopholds as "smart". Unlike the EBT Card Owner he has refused to reveal recent tax returns and is determined to use his elevated position to increase benefits to the richest 1%.

    So I say to you hater nosey bitches, try buying a clue!

    Blatant Self-Promotion Alert! 
    Thank you Kevin Gootee, judges: Jeffrey Gurian Sean Lynch Amy Shanker 
    Jim Mendrinos and all the crew associated with the latest episode of 


    Click the link and enjoy!
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  9. "Right" Doesn't Make "Might"

    Tuesday, April 25, 2017







    Comics, I've been told and have experienced with some, make the worst comedy show audiences.  I was puzzled by that when I was new and still am.  When I hear comedy I like, I laugh and applaud.  






    Teachers, I've been told, tend to make the worst students.  At first I was shocked.  I love learning things (that I want to know).  However, I have noticed how teachers behave in settings where they are supposed to be learning or at least paying attention.  They can be a huge pain in the ass.  Some do exactly what makes them angry when students do it -- cell phones, side chit-chat, not doing their assignment, thinking the rules do not apply to them, etc.  You'd think they'd be understanding when students behave in those ways, but, no, it is what those teachers have no tolerance for.  



    It's never boring working with humans.  

    I've worked at many, many places as an instructor for adults needing their basic education.  Many teachers are amazingly wonderful people.  Then there are those whose voices make you cringe as they echo the voices of angry teachers from our youth yelling at students in anticipation of bad behavior.  Reminds you of why, in spite of learning being a natural in-born desire, you hated school.



    My wish for the yelling ones is to inhale these wise words:  


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  10. I Got a Good Grade on My "Report Card"

    Tuesday, April 18, 2017





    As an instructor of adult students who were already gypped in life, I know I am expected to answer to supervisors and administrators, but I consider my students the ones I aim to connect with and do right by.  Teaching is about students.  However, we are often evaluated by those who are the furthest from our students.  Administrators, funders, etc.  So on the last day of the school cycle, I often ask my students to write me a letter, letting me know what their favorite part of class was and the least favorite, so I can make it even better.  If anyone is qualified to give me feedback, I figure it is those who receive my services.  I assure them they won't hurt my feelings, and I truly want to know.

    These are excerpts:

    "...The class atmosphere is so welcoming and heart warming that it really makes you excited in the morning to get to school. ...You make learning for us to be fun in a way that we all can understand."  "...keep on doing what you are doing, so you can motivate more people like me."  "...I take classes here five days a week, but this is the only class I felt so comfortable in. My classmates were great. We are all open and comfortable with each other. ...No words can explain how I feel. ...I wish I didn't have to leave. ...I hope your new class knows how lucky they are."  "I liked how you helped us with our confidence from the first day when you had us share about ourselves to today by having us perform. The one thing I didn't like was that I didn't come on time, but I thank you for dealing with me. Thank you for helping me get closer to my goal."  "The best part of this class was my teacher. ...I underestimate myself.  My teacher gave me the confidence I needed to feel comfortable with learning."  "...The way you take the time with every one of us, you take the time to understand whatever it might be anyone is going through.  I also like how once you come into class, it's work mode, like giving us a worksheet, and we get to work as a group.  I wouldn't change anything about how you teach, so please keep caring about your students the way you do.  I have really enjoyed you and your class.  You will be missed.  Hope to see you around because I still need you in my life to get my diploma."  "...You are definitely a teacher I will remember. ...an awesome and welcoming teacher."  "...a wonderful teacher who makes us laugh and learn."

    Long before I started stand-up, a math student, Raul, insisted I should be a comedian.  I was still too chicken.  But some years after, I did it.  However, my financial life is that of an underpaid teacher, a gratefully divorced woman but with zero alimony, so if anyone out there has paid work for me to help supplement my meager salary, I am also an experienced proofreader, actress, comic, and creative writer.  Dogs and cats tend to like me (smart creatures that they are), so if you need an animal sitter, I'm open to hearing about it.  







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  11. Brief Announcement

    Tuesday, April 4, 2017















    I will be doing stand-up comedy 



    Thursday, April 27th 

    7pm 

    in the New Faces event (a variety show) 

    Studio Theatre 

    Lehman College
    250 Bedford Park Blvd 
    The Bronx

    ​near #4 and D trains​


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  12. A Justice Fantasy

    Tuesday, March 28, 2017











    If this makes me a "bitch," I'll wear the badge.



             One of my recurring fantasies

                                                           
                                                                                      
















    has been

                   
       

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    sharing a   
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                                                   and jerking off at each other 'til                  

                                                                   
                                                                                                             
                                                                   do they part.






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