Spotlight Post on Marianne Walsh

by admin on March 20, 2013


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

Book: Epic Mom: Failing Every Day A Little Bit More Than You

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!

Samantha March 20, 2013 at 8:24 am

You are adorable.

Now stop it.


Marianne March 20, 2013 at 11:48 am

I am practically an Egg McMuffin I’m so cute.

Thanks, Samantha!!

Lisa @ Oh Boy Oh Boy Oh Boy March 20, 2013 at 9:22 am

I’m so not a city girl but I might be compelled to move if I could be your neighbor. <3 you!!

Marianne March 20, 2013 at 11:49 am

I know a house. Call me. The laundry would never get done again.

Liz March 20, 2013 at 9:25 am

Can’t wait to meet you, Marianne!

Marianne March 20, 2013 at 11:49 am

You, too, Liz!

Jennifer March 20, 2013 at 9:49 am

I love that her food requirements are booze and oreos. WooHoo!

Marianne March 20, 2013 at 11:50 am

I laughed when I saw your BlogHer list – I’m like “here’s a gal after my own heart!”

Susan Schlitz March 20, 2013 at 11:10 am


Marianne March 20, 2013 at 11:50 am

Thanks, Sue!!

Holly March 20, 2013 at 9:09 pm

You sound like you were born to be on stage, Marianne! Break a leg.

Marianne March 20, 2013 at 11:35 pm

Thanks, Holly!

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