And now it’s time for a Spotlight on Local Funny Lady, Marianne Walsh. We were pleasantly surprised to find out that her humor and energy in person is equal to that of her witty online persona; a trait that is not always true for most writers. We know FOR A FACT that you will laugh during Marianne’s performance on May 5. Hopefully it’s because of her essay; not because she fell doing an Oscar-style glide across the stage…
What led you to writing for Listen to Your Mother Chicago?
It was posted in the prison infirmary.
How do you feel about the show in general?
Anxious. I’m fairly certain the producers are going to replace me with the second Becky from Roseanne.
How long have you been writing?
In high school, I wrote awesomely bad teen-angst poetry. It was quite possibly the worst stuff ever put to paper. In college, I was a MACHINE: papers on symbolism, feminism, alcoholism, realism, deism, etc. Isms are a lot of fun if you just give them a chance. After landing a job in insurance, I spent 10 years writing mission statements, press releases, D&O brochures, and super-cool memos. Good times, good times. But now? I write about trying to steal my neighbor’s sprinkler or forgetting to pick up the really quiet kid in carpool. I’ve never stopped writing, but the topics have definitely changed over the years.
Where do you write?
Blog: We Band of Mothers
Chicago Parent: Failing With Gusto
Have you ever performed on stage before?
In my dreams, I belt out the most phenomenal rendition of Don’t Cry for Me Argentina the world has ever known. In reality, I did receive an Honorable Mention for my 2nd grade piano performance of Lightly Row. Everyone knows what an “Honorable Mention” means, right? It means I sucked big time. Here’s hoping history doesn’t repeat itself for LTYM!
Where do you come from?
I grew up in Tinley Park, Illinois but moved to the city at 23 years old. I spent most of the next 10 years there (with a year or so living in New York thrown in for good measure), but I finally landed on the southside of Chicago with my husband and three boys. The Beverly Neighborhood is the greatest place in the world – home to fantastic pizza and people who don’t mind that I’m on the outermost rim of acceptable society.
What is your signature trait with family and friends?
There is always a Broadway CD playing in my minivan. And by “playing,” I mean blasting as loud as the volume will go. My kids are starting to get embarrassed. My friends won’t drive in my car. My husband groans. No matter, I say! I sally forth with a song in my heart and a deep regard for all those who gift us with kitsch show tunes and a chorus line.
If you were stranded on Lake Shore Drive in the worst traffic jam in history, what 3 items would you want to have with you and why?
How about some Oreos, People Magazines, and re-runs of Mork & Mindy? I bet everyone else is saying practical things like “gas” and “a cell phone,” right? This is why I’m a goner when that asteroid hits.
Chocolate or Licorice?
Coffee or Tea?
Any famous words you live by?
“Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do.”
– Kurt Vonnegut
She only gets funnier, the longer you let her talk! We are confident that Marianne’s reading will have you holding your sides and wiping your eyes from laughter. For more information on how you can attend, Check out our Show Page!by