1994 OR SO
I went to Vassar college (class of ’93! Go Brewers!) and majored in English with a focus in creative writing. After graduating, I got a job as a PA for Comedy Central. It was there that I met Randy Sklar, who would later turn me on to the incredible comedy scene on the lower east side. It seems that all photographic evidence of this glorious time in my history has been lost, I am sorry to say. But they were some wild times. In the meantime, while not at my day job at Comedy Central, I was doing improv with a comedy troupe called Freestyle Repertory Theatre. We did school shows all around NY state. I learned a LOT about telling a good story at these shows. This was because if you didn’t tell a good story, the kids would start throwing stuff at you. I’m at the bottom, leaning into the lap of my pal Adam Felber.
Somewhere along the line, I partnered up with Julina Tatlock (my best friend Kerry’s older sister) and we created a play together. At first it was going to be an improvised play, but we quickly realized someone needed to write it, so I did. It was called “The Miss Alphabet City Beauty Pageant and Spelling Bee.” The New York Post said it, “restores faith in our country’s comedic future.” The Daily News called it, “hilariously clever.” You can imagine – we were PSYCHED!
My next play was a one women show called “Smorgas-Bourne.” In the show, the audience members were given a menu of sketches and they got to pick which ones they wanted to see. One night Lorne Michaels, yes, THE Lorne Michaels, came to see it… Was I nervous? Erm, yeah. But I character-acted my heart out and a few months later…