Meet Mimi Fischer & A Late Bloomer

Name: Mimi Fischer

What is your current project? A Late Bloomer

Where are you performing your show and why is it a good fit for your production?

The People’s Improv Theater (Striker) at 123 East 24th Street.  Playing as part of SoloCOM and it’s a solo comedy show of new work written expressly for the festival.  Also the PIT is a comedy (improv and sketch) theater, and I am all about improv and partly about sketch (acting).

What’s next for you?

Hosting my long-running weekly indie improv show Dessert Cart at it’s new venue and nights: Wednesdays at 10:30pm at The PIT Loft at 154 West 29th Street, NY.

What is the name of the last show you saw?

(anti) Trump Rally comedy show at The Duplex on Friday Nov 3rd (characters, comedy and music).  Fund raising for RAINN.  I was also in the show (played Clint Eastwood)

Any advice for your peers?

Perform as often as possible.

Want More?

Facebook: Mimi on the Hoops (fan page)

Twitter: @mimi_yes_and_u

Instagram: @mimi_yes_and_u

You Tube

 

 

January 2011: I was 57 years old and that year was a real inflection point for me. I started pursuing hoopdance and comedy intensively and for the first time in my life I didn’t relegate these activities to ‘on the side’. I decided to go for it!  I had done many different things in my life but was never fully invested in any of them:  Art school (Parsons School of Design), bartender, Wall Street foreign securities trader for 12 years (various firms).  I pursued dance seriously but as a ‘hobby’ not a profession because 1. I was already “too old “(late 20s – ha!) and “too fat” (150lbs) by industry standards, and 2. I was afraid about the money – leaving Wall Street would be scary even though being in Wall Street was a real pain.  I wound up leaving Wall Street anyway years later believing I would ‘find myself.’  I didn’t.  It was something like Lost in America but without the gambling.  There was nothing to find because everything I needed to know was already there – I just couldn’t see it because:  fear, and 100% not believing in myself worth a damn.  So I bummed around, got married, painted paintings, gave a couple of art shows, went broke, got a job as an administrative assistant & while I was doing that discovered hoopdance when I was 54.  By 57, I was ready to take that seriously and my life started to transform even though I had, societally speaking, long before passed my ‘sell-by’ date.


Show Information:

Date:  November 17th

Venue: The PIT at 123 E. 24th St. (Striker),

Tickets: $10, http://thepit-nyc.com/event/2017-11-17-solocom2017-6pm-striker

Review: Pericles: Born in a Tempest

Photo by Al Foote III Theatrical Photography

Honoring the Past and Present

Pericles is one of Shakespeare’s plays I haven’t read so Hunger & Thirst Theatre (with The Guerilla Shakespeare Project) presentation Pericles: Born in a Tempest was ideal storytelling for me. A play within a play, Pericles is stripped to the essentials with a reimagining of a seafarer’s adventure. Upon returning to the home of her late father on a stormy night, a young mother, her husband and friends, stumble upon a diary. Her father, John Gower writes the story of Pericles. Jacques Roy’s portrayal of both characters  are skillful and stellar as he steps into the lives of both men. The journal of his life and times including meeting his beloved Thaisa and the birth of Marina during a tempest. As his story unfolds, Marina shares her own story of life beyond Tarsus where her father leaves her. In typical fairy tale fashion, the beautiful fair maiden, played innocently by Patricia Lynn, goes through trials and tribulations until meeting her true love (played by the dashing Jordan Kaplan).
A production like this needs a strong ensemble who trust each other. Kathryn Metzer, Jordan Kaplan and Tom Schwans create memorable characters, flawlessly flowing easily into and out of each other. However Jordan Reeves’ concept and direction, along with the design team, was thoughtful, creative and respectful of the space. The angled flats create a room, a ship, a brothel, and a home under the 3 story dome of this space. Together, all the elements of the production (sound, projection, lighting, costumes) created a subtext that allowed the story to unfold. This was a well-crafted production with talented cast to support it.

The performance schedule is Thursday at 7 PM; Friday & Saturday at 8 PM; Sunday at 2 PM. There are added performances on Wednesday, November 15 at 7 PM and Saturday, November 18 at 2 PM. Performances are at The West End Theatre (263 West 86th Street, between West End Avenue and Broadway; 1 train to 86th Street). Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. For tickets and more information, visit www.hungerandthirsttheatre.com.

Meet Chelsea White and Erin Leafe & Ghosted Stories Podcast

Name: Chelsea White & Erin Leafe

What is your current project? Ghosted Stories podcast

What’s your next episode?

Ep. 55: A Relationship Guy Ghosting w/ Claire Burns

This week on Ghosted Stories, Chelsea and Erin chat with comedian, actor and host Claire Burns about getting ghosted by a guy who acted like they were in a 3 yr relationship after a few dates. Plus, we’re celebrating Halloween with real ghost stories (as in dead people haunting you)!

What’s next for you?

We’re both going to continue to host and produce episodes of Ghosted Stories which are released every Thursday at 10am and want to continue to produce quarterly live shows as well!

Chelsea is a TV writer and producer who is currently the co-creator, Executive Producer and host of a forthcoming Bravo web series and the Co-Executive Producer of a forthcoming VH1 comedy series and always working on other personal projects like the weekly Facebook live talk show she just wrapped What a Delight! with Chelsea White.

Erin is working on a short film I wrote and is starring former Ghosted Stories guest- Jesse Jolles.

What is the name of the last show you saw?

ERIN: I just saw CATS! I’ll tell you what, those kitties can sing!

CHELSEA: I’m about to see CATS in a couple of weeks!! And probably the last comedy/variety show I saw was Bitchcraft at Sid’s Gold Room. It’s hosted and produced by the amazing Selena Coppock and Lauren Maul who put on a super entertaining and unique show.

Any advice for your peers?

ERIN: If you are contemplating doing something creative, just do it. You will never be 100% ready, and nowadays there are ways to get started cheap- so just get started. No one is going to tap you on the shoulder and say “NOW- now is the perfect time to follow your dreams” So might as well get started.

CHELSEA: Completely agree- I used to be paralyzed while trying to start a new project because it needed to be “perfect” before I pulled the trigger. But the truth is you have to just put SOMETHING out there and then evaluate it. I always tell myself, just MAKE something- put out a draft, put something on tape. Even if you don’t make it public, at least it’s a materialization of the thing you have in your brain that you can then tweak, revise, etc. AND- it’s great to have goals in mind and be strategic with your creative projects to some extent if part of your goal is ultimately to make that form of creativity your career, but once I got into the frame of mind of “I am doing this for me and if other people like it COOL.” I was SO much happier.

Want More?

Website: ghostedstoriespodcast.com & thechelseawhite.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ghostedstoriespodcast
Twitter: @ghostedstories @thechelseawhite @erinleafe
Instagram: @ghostedstoriespodcast @thechelseawhite @erinleafe
You Tube: youtube.com/chelseawhitecomedy

CHELSEA WHITE
Comedian, host, writer and producer Chelsea White is a comedy veteran who has appeared on MTV, TLC, VH1 and TRL. Chelsea has been featured in Bust, on Glamour.com and her jokes have been published in US Weekly’s Fashion Police column, The New York Post and MarieClaire.com. She was named a finalist in the 2007 Comedy Cellar Laugh Off and has performed at comedy venues and festivals nationwide from NYC’s Gotham Comedy Club to the North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival. Chelsea is a producer for MTV’s Girl Code, the host of her own NY Times recommended dating podcast Ghosted Stories, a Facebook Live talk show What A Delight! w/ Chelsea White, and the web series Show Me Your Kitty which MTV called “more entertaining than a laser pointer on a sack of catnip.” She was a contributing author of the book Girl Code: A Single Girl’s Guide to Sex and Dating. Chelsea currently resides in Astoria with her cats Tanooki and Miranda Hobbes.

ERIN LEAFE
Erin is a former horse girl now adult woman living in New York City. She spent many years as a bartender in some of the bro-iest, whiskey soaked bars in Manhattan. After those years of character study she decided to move on to the glamorous world of Temping. It was everything she dreamed of and it landed her on the ground level of a dysfunctional start up. Which got her closer to many whiskey soaked bars, and ultimately lead her to proclaim “Screw it, I’m going to go write.” She is the creator of the web series “Girl Talk” and a graduate of Columbia University’s Program in TV Writing. She spends her free time trying to figure out what exactly Chia Seeds are supposed to do for her and trying to convince her boyfriend to let her get a dog (who she would love very much, and probably name Peanut).