I wanted to be a banker. I gave up a budding career in standup comedy, bought some nice suits and went corporate. But when fellow comics started coming into the bank cashing checks for several weeks of work that were larger than my monthly salary, I quit. My mother wasn’t happy. She had her dreams, but I had mine.
I hit the road working Zanies, Giggles, Yuk-Yuks, Laughs Unlimited, the Laff Stop, and The Funny Bone, to name a few. I opened for Elaine Boosler, Marsha Warfield, Blue Collar Comedy’s Ron White, and Jerry Seinfeld. I also started making television appearances, with guest starring roles on Seinfeld, as well as ER, The West Wing, CSI and The Drew Carey Show. And then the first child was born. Then the second.
The road became less traveled for me. I wanted to be home from the first t-ball game, to the last dance recital. To see the school plays, the marching band performances, the homecomings, the proms and finally, the graduations. So I stayed in town working Igby’s, the Improv, and the Ice House. I sold two jokes to Byron Allen about going bald, wrote some humor articles for the LA Times, and seven one act plays entitled “The Start of Conversation”, which were nominated for a Valley Theatre Award, and performed by Towne Street Theatre. I also began working in voiceovers, replacing dialogue, voice matching and portraying various characters on the now defunct but long running urban radio soap opera “It’s Your World” a feature of the Tom Joyner Morning Show.
So with the youngest kid heading off to college, and the oldest already out of the house and finishing dance school, I’ve headed back to work. And how appropriate that the first on-camera job I book are two guest starring roles on ABC Family’s show about aspiring young ballet dancers entitled, “Bunheads.” And btw, all those suits I bought for the banking job I later quit finally came in handy. I wore one of them on an episode of CSI. I played a banker. My mother was very happy!