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Sunday
Jan042009

Wendy Liebman

From appearances on "The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson" to  "Late Night with David Letterman" to her own HBO Special, Award Winning Comedian, Wendy Liebman has been making us laugh for over 20 years! Check out www.wendyliebman.com to see when she'll be appearing at comedy club near you or in your living room on TV.

1. When did you first realize you wanted to be a comedian? I used to get really nervous for the comedians when I watched them on the Tonight Show. My heart would start pounding. I don’t know if I knew I wanted to be a comedian, but I was obviously invested on some level. The first time I got laughs on stage was in college. I was in a play called Uncommon Women and Others by Wendy Wasserstein, and my character didn’t say a lot but she had really funny lines. Getting laughs is addictive. When I was 24 I took a night class at an adult ed school on How To Be A Stand-up Comedian, and I was hooked.

2. What was your first face to face fan encounter like? I was going into a bathroom at a truck stop on 95 S, driving from Boston to New York, and this guy said, “There’s Ruth Buzzi.” Cause I used to say someone thought I looked like her in my act. (“I don’t know who she is. Is she pretty?”) I don’t know if the guy was a fan, but the fact that a stranger in the middle of nowhere recognized me was fun. To this day I’m always amazed when someone recognizes me. Especially my parents.

3. What website to get your news from? I get a lot of my news from a few different websites. LBNelert.com, Huffingtonpost.com, and Naturalnews.com. The last one is a health website that I love.

4. Favorite Holiday? I like Thanksgiving the most, but in theory only.

5. Favorite talk show host? Oooh, I love them all. I’d love to be on Conan one day and Tavis Smiley.

6. Today Show or Good Morning America? I’m not up that early. (Actually I am but I don’t know which or which. I like Diane Sawyer and Meredith Vieira.)

7. Favorite actor? Al Pacino.

8. Books or Magazines? Both. I love books about the soul (Pema Chodron) and writing (by Ann Lamott and Natalie Goldberg). I also like some novels. Magazines, in the supermarket. And The New Yorker for the cartoons.

9. What's in your purse? I spent so much money on my purse I have nothing to put in it.

10. Favorite kind of shoes? Skechers.

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Sunday
Dec282008

Rori Nogee

From starring as "Dorothy" in the National Tour of "The Wizard of Oz" to the Broadway revival of "Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" to the starring role in the current Off-Broadway smash hit "Pinkalicious", Rori is a girl to watch! Check out: www.rorinogee.com for more information.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? Bernadette Peters and Joanna Gleason in the PBS airing of "Into the Woods," which I watched hundreds of times, before the age of 9.

2. What's your most embarrassing audition? A friend recommended me to audition for "Millie" with a company she used to work for. I crashed a day of appointments via name dropping. I was not informed that we were supposed to prepare "Gimme, gimme." I didn't know it, didn't own it...but I showed up and went in anyway. I had to explain the situation, apologize, and do the random song I had prepared. They said, "You're great and had you shown up a few days ago, we may have just used you for our season. But you're not a Millie." I said, "I know, thank you." and walked out. Or maybe it was the audition when I wasn't wearing underwear...and forgot until I got down on the floor...and suddenly remembered when i realized I would have to stand up again...in my dress...

3. What's the highest and lowest note you can sing? Low F to high D.

4. Favorite Musical? Rent.

5. Favorite Play? Anna in the Tropics and Red Light Winter.

6. Favorite Actor? Raul Esparza. Actress? Daphne Rubin-Vega.

7. Favorite Talk Show Host? Conan O' Brien.

8. What's in your purse? Wallet, ipod, keys, cellphone, eyeglasses, receipts, pens, makeup, and dirty tissues.

9. Favorite kind of shoes? Big ol' clunky platformy lace up knee high boots.

10. Books or magazines? Books...when I have the time. I especially love reading "How to..." books on writing screenplays and plays. They have kept me productive.

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Wednesday
Dec242008

Ann Harada

Broadway star Ann Harada originated the role of "Christmas Eve" in the Tony Award winning Broadway show "Avenue Q".  Ann also starred in the Broadway Revival of "Les Miserable" as Madame Thernardier, using her impeccable comedic talents, she made the role her own. Be sure to catch Ann this Spring (2009) on Broadway in the new musical "9 to 5".

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? Judy Garland and Angela Lansbury.

2. What was your first professional performance? WORKING at the Boothbay Harbor Dinner Theatre. I was the Waitress.

3. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? High C, but not prettily and low C, but not prettily.

4. Favorite Play? The Life and Times of Nicholas Nickleby.

5. What kind of skin care products do you use? I don't understand the relevance of this question Your Honor, but Creme de La Mer, when I can afford it and Boots moisturizer (available at Target) when I cannot.

6. What are your favorite shoes? Saucony Jazz sneakers.

7. Superman or Wonder Woman? Wonder Woman.

8. Favorite Talk Show Host? Mike Douglas. oh you mean now? Letterman.

9. Favorite celebrity gossip website? I don't read celebrity gossip online.  I prefer reading magazines at doctors offices and nail salons.

10. Favorite Animal? Bunny rabbit.

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Sunday
Dec212008

Seth Bisen-Hersh

Songwriter/Composer of the 2003 & 2004 New York International Fringe Festival Audience Favorite Award for his shows "Meaningless Sex" and "The Spickner Spin". Seth has also written and performed many of his own cabaret shows at Don't Tell Mamma's. For more information go to www.sethbh.com.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? I think I was just born this way. Surely, Stephen Sondheim made me want to be a writer. You know - it might have been Miss Piggy. I've always wanted to be her.

2. What was your first professional performance? I played Winthrop in The Music Man at a highly respected semi-professional community theater in NJ in 1990 at 11. That was back when I could tap...

3. What is your best experience in a show? I like the laughter and the applause. I guess that means I have low self esteem?

4. Is there ever a time you thought about quitting? Yes, every day, but unfortunately, there isn't anything else I can foresee myself doing.

5. Favorite day of the week? Whichever day I can see my girlfriend, though I'm partial to tv on Thursdays between The Office, 30 Rock, My Name is Earl, Smallville, Supernatural and the Sarah Silverman Program...

6. Favorite celebrity gossip website? I don't have one. I read Playbill.com and the NY Times daily, Time magazine weekly, and I visit quite a few political blogs hourly - the most renowned probably being fivethirtyeight.com .

7. Favorite Musical? Sunday in the Park with George. Seeing it made me want to become an artist. Second would be Sweeney Todd b/c it is the best crafted score ever written. Third would be Merrily We Roll Along which probably solidified my fate after I was in it the summer after high school.

8. Favorite Play? Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? - I did a report on it in 6th grade, and have loved it ever since. Second would be Waiting for Godot.

9. Favorite ride at an amusement park? I don't care for rollercoasters much - I do like the tea cups though - being dizzy is better than being jolted around up and down...

10. Favorite holiday? April Fools Day - hands down - I spend 24 hours pulling all kinds of pranks and sending fake emails and texts, etc. Halloween is a close 2nd, however... b/c that's when I can finally dress up as Miss Piggy w/o people looking at me funny. Or as funny.

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Saturday
Dec132008

CeyJay Jumao-as

Singer, songwriter, pianist, dancer, and model, CeyJay does it all. His debut album "Bittersweet Morsels" which was balloted for the 2006 Grammy Awards is currently available on iTunes. As an actor/model, CeyJay has been seen in Five for Fighting's Video "100 Years" and on "Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency." For more information, check out his website: www.ceyjay.com.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? Debbie Gibson inspired me to be a songwriter and performer.

2. What do you love most about your job? Sending out messages and be a voice for the under exposed.

3. Favorite day of the week? Sunday morning.

4. Favorite exercise or routine to stay in shape? Dance.

5. Superman or Wonder Woman? Duh...Diana of course.

6. Boxers or Briefs? Briefs...though I usually go commando.

7. Favorite Actor? Not big into actors...dated enough liars.

8. Favorite ride at an amusement park? Don't like rides...unless they take me somewhere good to eat.

9. Best holiday gift ever? Seeing my family.

10. Favorite TV Show? Wonder Woman.

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