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  1. So Sunday – the day those cast would be notified - was pretty silent all 
    day except for two calls from a friend.  As the day went on, I was becoming so disappointed.  I told myself to just accept that for whatever reason, I didn’t get cast.  Then, still not able to let go, I thought that maybe because it was Easter, she’d call in the evening.  I was grasping for any hope left.





    Shortly after 5:30, the director called.  I was thrilled.  I’m in.  I didn’t get the part I went there to audition for; I got one of the other parts she had asked me to read for when I was there. 



    The amount of shooting days for my character is less than what I had 
    hoped for (I'll still need a part time job), but it’s a recurring character, so hopefully it will grow.  I’m grateful.



    After sitting with the news for a few minutes, I texted my best friend.  
    He’s not a texter, so he called me.  After we spoke, I messaged an actress friend who I met at the audition and who felt more certain than I did that I was getting cast.  She wanted me to let her know, so I did.



    Wow.  I’m still digesting this.  Whew.  Thank you for your good wishes and 
    interest.





    Love to CGG-M.






  2. Anticipation

    Friday, April 19, 2019













    People, I am so anxious to hear the decisions of that audition I spoke of in the last blog entry: http://www.shesofunny.org/2019/04/panic-hope-waiting.html and I have not been able to put it out of my mind.  I don’t remember feeling like this before over a role.  Anyway, I found out that they made their decisions this past week and will be making contact with those they decided to cast this weekend.  I feel so hopeful.  It’s the timing that would be sooooo good.  I’m concerned at how disappointed I will feel if I didn’t get cast.  I usually take these things in stride because I can only control my behavior and performance.  I have no control over who else they saw that may have been more right for the part or anything else.  I just hope I don’t take it too hard if I’m not cast.  I want this!







    That pain in my foot I mentioned last blog is gone.  I’m glad about that.



    The man who planned to set fire to St. Patrick’s Cathedral and then travel 
    off to Italy was an on-line adjunct at Lehman College.  Thank goodness, he was only there for one semester.  Lehman is in my neighborhood and is where I got my BA many years ago.  I’ve also worked there and performed there.  It’s very sobering to think such a person was teaching young college students (giving grades and stuff) and was so near.  I’m more used to the more obvious kind of criminals.  I live in a loud neighborhood.  People talk to their friends about their arrests, parole, and such, and it’s not in a whisper.  The recent thing seems to be stealing electric bikes from delivery men (who barely make a living).  So far, that’s mainly happening a train stop away from me.  I don’t know which is scarier.



    The weird thing about the attempted arsonist is he got in trouble with the police in NJ recently for refusing to leave a church and he even fought with two officers.  Yet he was freely going about his business.  I don’t think that would have been the case if he were brown.  I could be wrong, but fighting with officers is usually a very bad path no matter what shade of skin one has.  So I have to say I am very glad the NYPD got him in time.   



    I was honored to spend my best friend’s birthday with him.  We mainly 
    spent it walking on trails in the part of Van Cortland Park that's in Yonkers.  We always have much to share.  So there was hours of talking.  I loved the day.  I had made him a very personalized multi-page card which captured part of his life journey and caused us much laughter.  We needed it.






    Oh people, I hope I have great news when I share again.  I need it.









    Happy 4/20 everyone.


    Love to CGG-M











  3. I'm looking for a stylist to do my hair similiar to the way I wore it above when I played Bermuda in the movie Pretty Woman. The red and blond striped asymmetrical cut was my signature hairstyle back in the day - when I walked into comedy clubs, folks knew my hair, my name & put me on stage. Ah, those were the days...

    If /When my new "do" is finally revealed, the multi-color effect may be my very own natural black, silver & grey. In a short attention span world, I'd hope not to be seen as copycat of 

    It is just me going back to my future. 
    And I'm so excited by what is to come, because
    Everything Old Is News Again!

    Everthing Old Is News Again 
    with Rhonda Hansome Comedy is my new Instagram vlog. It seems to me that history really does repeat itself and with theses videos we can look at topical events via that repetition. Series 1 Episode 1 is up now. Check it out:


    I'm so proud of myself.
    10 years ago I promised to start a vlog = a video blog. It feels like a monumental step in my journey of self-actualization. I finally posted 10 minutes ago! I have to thank the private instagram account, @ninjabookitty, for the very1st response to my vlog debut:
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    Breaking News @ninjabookitty, I have no intention of quitting comedy... again. 😂 Once was definitely enough. 

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  4. Panic, Hope, & Waiting

    Sunday, April 7, 2019












    Readers, if I haven’t expressed this lately, let me say now that I appreciate your interest very much.  Each time I blog, I can see the number of views, and I thank you.


    A couple of days ago, I learned that my unemployment benefits are over.  
    I had misunderstood when that was going to happen.  But now it’s here.  I need part time and/or freelance work.  I am not totally panicked yet.


    I had applied for an audition for a tv series.  I was asked to come in, and they had sent me sides (pages of the script), so I was able to prepare at home.  I felt ready to do my best.  I accept that the rest is out of my control.


    I got to the building exactly on time though I had wanted to get there 
    early.  There were a bunch of people outside.  I was informed that the person in charge was running late.  I know others were bothered by that because they had other commitments scheduled afterwards.  Personally, I was so relieved.  I love not being the late one.  I’d rather wait for the casting director.  I had hoped to get to a poetry reading afterwards, but I didn’t know if I’d make it.


    While waiting, I saw and received hugs from two men I know from the 
    entertainment world, and I met three women who I hope to remain connected with.  We waited, talked, shared, etc., etc.  When the director showed up, she was such a positive presence.  What a terrific spirit.  Worth the wait, in my opinion.


    My audition went very well.  She asked me to stay and read for two other 
    roles as well.  I was thrilled!!!  She gave me time to get familiar with the lines and come back in when I felt ready.  In the meantime, she was auditioning other people for many different roles.  I knew chances were getting slim that I’d get to the poetry reading.  A friend was the featured reader, and I wanted to support her, but it was looking less likely.


    I read for the other two roles.  She gave me good feedback.  The timing 
    would be Goddess-sent if I get cast in this.  It’s paid work.  It would bring me to a level where one is noticed for other opportunities as well. 


    Before auditioning, I signed a non-disclosure agreement (and I’m not even 
    an ex of Trump’s), so I can’t say what the show is or anything close. 


    I’m going to try, after today, to not think about it.  I don’t know when 
    decisions will be made.


    Meanwhile, I have two more auditions coming up this week.  One is for a 
    play I find intriguing but doesn’t pay.  However, a former acting teacher always told us that you get discovered from stage work, paid from film work.  The other is for a paid gig, but not as many days of work as the tv series I auditioned for and not as career-changing.  I don’t always have 3 auditions in one week.  Now that I do, I hope nothing conflicts with anything else. 


    Oh, people!  I have difficulty going on in my life as well, including a new 
    pain in my left foot, but I’ll leave this on a hopeful note.






    Love to CGM!


  5. Acting and Poeming

    Wednesday, April 3, 2019














    I had a blast being in A Sketch of New York.  We performed at the 
    Sonnet Theatre in the Producers’ Club on 44th Street.  One of the
    wonderful things about acting is being able to be what isn’t easy to be in 
    real life.  In one of the sketches, I was to complain about being on a long, slow line.  Ad libbing was welcomed.  I had a ball.  I was able to stick in 
    some comedic lines I came up with.  The director, Joe DiNozzi, was great to work with.  His assistant and, I believe, co-producer Darien DeMaria was wonderful to work with as well.  They both wrote the sketches and included a hilarious sketch by John Ordover.  The cast was a bunch of characters that I enjoyed.  It all made me realize how much I miss acting.  Stand-up comedy is wonderful and background acting work pays money, but I realized how much I miss acting. 



    Backstage at a rehearsal.




    Night of the show! 




    I have two auditions coming up.  I don’t have a hundred years left, so I 
    truly hope something great happens. 


    For the first time in months, I made it to the poetry workshop I love 
    attending.  The poem I brought was cooking in me for a long time, and then took maybe twenty minutes to write.  When I got to the workshop, I saw people I hadn’t seen before in addition to the folks I expected to see.  I sat there worried that the people who didn’t know me would hate my poem.  I typically worry about the wrong stuff.  This was one of those times.  After I read the poem aloud, the feedback was wonderful.  A few suggestions were made to improve it further.  I welcomed those suggestions.  I was so happy with the whole experience.  Thank you all who contributed to the feedback, whether aloud, in writing, or both.  I make the trip to get the feedback, so thank you very much. 


    Other things are going on too.  The most important is one I can’t publicly 
    write about due to privacy concerns.  I just hope I live a long enough time to be able to mend a relationship central to my heart and then have time to enjoy it.








  6. Mindy's Corner of the World

    Saturday, March 23, 2019











    Been busy with rehearsals for “Own the Stage” and for “A Sketch of New 
    York.”  




    “Own the Stage,” which was a production of Char’Actors that took place 3/19 at Taj II on 21st Street, was a special evening.  The winner was a singer, Andre Byrd.  Besides his talent at singing his songs that he wrote, he was one of the most humble people in the show.  I loved his spirit, and if I couldn’t win, I’m glad he was who did.






    One of the judges was Omar the Comedian.  Later, we shook hands and he 
    told me, “Great job.”  I got many high fives from people in the audience.  I was pleased, but I don’t feel it was my most successful performance.  Though, I have to say, the judges were laughing at my demonstration of my penis-free zone. 






    I need to write new comedy material more regularly. 








    Though I knew I was spreading myself thin, I agreed to do evening background work on "The Atlantic City Story."  I met some fun people.  We all look tired. 








    I’m in “A Sketch of New York” on Friday, 3/29 @ 6pm, Saturday, 3/30 @ 6pm, and Sunday 3/31 @ 1pm.  It will be at the Producer’s Club on W. 44th Street.  It is a bunch of short sketches (none of which were written by me though I do ad lib a bit in some).  The show I’m in is at 6pm.  Then there are two more shows – different casts doing the same scripts.  I find that so interesting to see how different casts do the same show.  So for another ten bucks, you can stay for all three shows.






    Lots of other stuff going on too.  Next time.














  7. I can’t believe my taxes were done over a month before they are due.  It’s been so many years since I was on top of it.  That was one of many things that had gone out of control.  This time, I averted the deadline crisis.  It’s nice to visit how the other half lives.


    I had contact with someone extremely important to me.  I hope it’s a 
    beginning of something good.


    I auditioned for and got cast in “A Sketch of New York.”  I’m glad about 
    that.  It’s a bunch of short comedic sketches about life in NYC.  We have seven rehearsals and will be performing on March 29th and 30th at 6pm and March 31st at 1pm.  Details to come.  In the meantime, you can mark your calendars if you think it’s something you’d enjoy.


    There’s something so magical about acting.  Being in a character’s 
    circumstances is a great way for me to use my empathy.  Teaching was also a great way, but what works for students doesn’t always jive with administration.  Some leaders nourish and deliver; some destroy. 


    Today I applied for a job out of actual desire and not just out of need. 
    keep checking my email for a response, but nothing yet.  I’ve got to stop thinking about it.


    One week from now, on Tuesday, March 19th at 8pm at Taj II Lounge, 48 W. 21st Street is “Own the Stage.”  $15 on line; $20 at the door.





    The show starts at 8pm no matter what the Eventbrite says.  Only the 
    performers need to arrive much earlier.  I’ll be doing comedy in that show.  There are singers, rappers, poets, and comics.  The audience decides who performs a second time.  The judges decide of the folks in the second round who wins the prizes.  So you get to be involved. 












    (love to CGG-M)


  8. Stretched Out the Penis?

    Sunday, March 10, 2019













    Well folks, I had fun on NY’s Got Talent.  I was thrilled that friends Judy, Meghan, Steven, Jaye, Gordon, and Kathryn (plus a friend of hers) came to the show. 


    I arrived to learn I would be up first.  As comics know, it’s not easy to go 
    first in terms of the audience not being in laugh mode yet and having not even gotten through their first drink yet.  Yet it was good for me to not have too much time to anticipate and get nervous.


    I was pleased with my performance.  That’s all I have control over.  The 
    host was funny.  The 3 judges consisted of a young male comic, a woman who is a producer and has projects going on, and a woman who sounded British who also has projects going on.  The comic was very positive in his feedback.  He acknowledged the difficulty of going first.  He thought I had a theme throughout my set and that I did a good job.  The next judge was on the same page as I am.  She told me I have balls and that I spoke on much of what the world needs to hear.  She credited me for being female and doing this in such a male-dominated field.  She said she’d like to hear more from me.  (I’d love to work on a project with her.)  The British one thought I “stretched out the penis” too much.  Is that even possible?


    Then I sat with my friend Judy and enjoyed the rest of the show.





    I was the only female in this round of comics.  One of the comics went way over the time we were given.  Nobody said anything about that.  I found some not that funny.  Some were funny.  What became clear as we listened to the feedback from the judges is that the women who were producers seemed to have an idea in mind of what they were looking for.  One mentioned someone’s set being good as sitcom material.  


    The audience was told to vote for two people.  The ballots were collected, 
    and convening happened in another room.  During that time, I walked over to the different tables where guests of mine were seated.  As I did, audience members were high-fiving me and giving me compliments.  I got the feeling my friends were not the only ones who voted for me.  I was feeling hopeful and then caught myself.  I was in a similar situation a couple of months ago.  And I had to learn that there are other factors not shared with us.  I can’t be whatever I’m not.  I can just work on being funny.  I was.  That may not be the deciding factor.  I don’t know what happens with the ballots.  We don’t hear numbers.  I didn’t want to get too hopeful because I didn’t want to look disappointed when they announced the winners.


    The host, Cooper, returned and had us come back up on stage.  He did a funny recap of what the judges told each of us. 








    Winners were announced.  I wasn’t one.  I agreed with one of their 
    selections.  If I could have voted, I would have voted for him and for me.  Two of my guests were at a table with two people who didn’t know me.  My guests told me that those guys voted for me.  In terms of the audience, I did my job. 


    Whatever the agendas, I wanted the judges to have a way to remember 
    me for future possibilities.  I made sure I gave each of them my card.  They thanked me.  I maintained my professionalism.  It all was cordial. 


    Four of my guests and I went out to a good Irish Pub afterwards that had 
    food (I was soooo hungry), and they knew how to make my Long Island Ice Tea.  The five of us do not get together regularly, so being together and sharing stories and laughing and all of that was sooo much fun.


    I felt so appreciative of those who came to the show (I had other friends 
    who wanted to come but couldn’t, and I appreciate their desire and their good wishes very much).  I felt very good about the night. 






    Now, moving right along, on Tuesday, March 19th at 8pm, I’m in a show 
    called “Own the Stage.”  There is a variety of talent – singers, comics, poets, rappers.  There will be two rounds.  Everyone will perform.  Then the audience decides who goes on to the second round on the same night.  So some will perform a different piece/set in the second round. Then a few judges will decide on one winner.  I am in it to be in the show.  I have no expectation of winning.  The group producing this is Char’Actors.  The winner will get $250, 4 months of free acting classes, and a role in their upcoming film.  Again, there will be people in the audience (the judges and others) who could be influential in one’s path.  If this appeals to you, here’s the link.


    https://www.eventbrite.com/.../own-the-stage-tickets...


    It will be at Taj II Lounge
    48 West 21st Street
    Doors open at 6:30
    Show at 8pm
    (no matter what the Eventbrite says)