When the award winning Jackie Hoffman performs, laughter surely ensues! Whether it's theatre, film, television, or her sold-out solo shows, Jackie Hoffman shines brightly! Jackie has wowed audiences in Broadway's "Xanadu" and "Hairspray" (for which she won the Theatre World Award), Off-Broadway's "Regrets Only," "Pride & Joy," "Book of Liz" (which she won an Obie Award for), "Straightjacket," "Incident at Cobbler's Knob," and "One Woman Shoe," and regionally in "Second City" (which she won a Jeff Award) and "Sisters Rosensweig." Her numerous sold-out solo shows have garnerned Jackie multiple MAC & Bistro Awards along with "Jackie Hoffman: Live at Joe's Pub," preserved on CD by PS Classics. Jackie can also be heard on the cast recordings of Broadway's "Xanadu," "Hairspray," and "The Addams Family" as well as Scott Alan's "Dreaming Wide Awake."
Jackie's lit up the big screen in "Extra Man," "Dirty Shame," "Garden State," "Legally Blonde II," "Kissing Jessica Stein," "Mo' Money," "Robots," and "Queer Duck." Television audiences have seen Jackie on such hit shows as "30 Rock," "One Life To Live," "Starved," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Strangers With Candy," "TV Funhouse," "Conan," "Soulman," and "Cosby."
Jackie can currently be seen in her new solo show "A Chanukah Charol" at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street, between 8th & 9th Avenue) in NYC on December 11, December 18, and January 2 all at 7:30pm! Inspired by Patrick Stewart's "A Christmas Carol," Jackie's "A Chanukah Charol," finds the kvetching comedienne forced to examine her life when she is visited by the Ghosts of Chanukah Past, Present and Future, and even Molly Picon! Click here for tickets to "A Chanukah Charol"
1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? TV growing up, seeing theatre, Carol Burnett, The Marx Brothers, and Jackie Gleason.
2. Who is the one person you haven't worked with that you would like to? Zero Mostel, but he's dead.
3. What made you want to create your own version of "A Christmas Carol" with "A Chanukah Charol"? What can fans expect from this show that you have not done in previous shows? It is such a great story and it fits in with my personality, since I am a crabby selfish bitch who hates everyone. This is a complete departure for me so it is very exciting for me and will be for my fans. This is not a cabaret format at all, it is a one person play with me playing all of the characters.
4. What excites you about performing at New World Stages? The big theatre, the real theatre, it's not a night club. Scary, exciting! It's a beautiful place.
5. What is your favorite part of the creative process in putting a show together? What do you get from your solo shows that you do not get from being in a theatrical show? I love to work with Michael Schralli, my co-writer and director. We do what makes us laugh a lot. And that's the best thing in the world.
6. What have you learned about yourself from being a performer? That I am a crabby selfish bitch who hates everyone.
7. What have you enjoyed most about starring in "The Addams Family"? It was great working with Nathan and Bebe, and the rest of the cast; And of course I built in an improv moment, and I love my costume.
8. I've had the pleasure of seeing you in "Xanadu" on Broadway and since then have been fortunate to interview a few of your "Xanadu" castmates: Mary Testa, Marty Thomas, Curtis Holbrook, and Anika Larsen. Looking back, what was the best part starring in "Xanadu" and getting to perform with that cast? Teaming up with Mary; I just loved the script so much. Kerry is a dream.
9. What's the best advice you've ever received? Make yourself the type of person that people want to work with; don't try to be funny.
10. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? I don't friggin know, I'd be grateful if I just got sleep. Does anybody read this who is going to buy a ticket?