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  1. Mindy's Corner of the World

    Saturday, March 23, 2019

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

    “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.

  2. 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)

  3. 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.

    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)

  4. Who's Coming to Cheer Me On?

    Saturday, March 2, 2019

    Are you coming to cheer me on and vote at New York’s Got Talent’s 
    Battle of the Comics” on Wednesday, March 6th for the 7pm show?  The audience, along with the judges, makes the decisions of who goes on to the second round.  So I need my supporters.

    The discount code is TALENT4off.

    If you find the ticket page confusing, you are not alone.  I asked them 
    about that, and this is the suggestion:

    Audience members can choose anytime. It's if they want to arrive earlier than 6:30pm, they should pick a slot they'd prefer. 


    The NYGT Team 

    I really appreciate if you make the extra effort to come out on 3/6 at 
    7pm.  I normally don’t bug you this much.  I need your presence, loud laughter, applause, woo-woo’s and votes.  J

    I’m in a different competition on March 19th – I’ll tell you more about that 
    next week.

    Right now, March 6th is the focus!