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J: Has your family seen the show and how did they take to it?
MS: Yes, theyíve seen the show, and yes, they like it. People are shocked that my family likes it. Itís interesting how some people say, ĎDid your mother see this? Oh my god, she must be Ö you didnít think she would be offended by it?í I donít think itís offensive to her at all. She doesnít get offended at all.

Actually theyíre flattered. Thatís where I think the show is borderline maybe. I do make fun. At least the idea of stand-up comedy where you have to not be that nice. Ö To some extent, thatís true that after an event happens, maybe weeks later, to address it and make fun. The show is very exaggerated -- the point of the show is that itís all through my eyes, so that from my perspective as a nine-year-old, my mother screamed at me like a freak.

Thatís not necessarily what a third party would have seen or what she thought. She would never say that happened; she doesnít remember it ever happening at all. She doesnít remember ever catching me, but I remember being caught and feeling that way. Maybe whatever she did made me feel like that. So when I wrote it and put it up, I wanted the audience to feel like what I was feeling. Itís similar to my father, shouting out about getting my period, in the restaurant. He doesnít think that happened, but from my perspective it really happened.

J: Who are your influences in performing?
MS: Lily Tomlin and Gilda Radner, definitely, also Steve Martin. And Jonathan Katz, Margaret Cho and John Leguizamo. Also [playwrights] Amiri Baraka and Caryl Churchill.

J: What were your best and worst performing experiences?
MS: The best performance experience was probably the Friday night show at Cherry Lane -- it was amazing, the house was so good. That one and the other show I did probably eight months before that. I donít know which one was better, but that Friday night show, the audience really enjoyed it. Thatís what I base it on, how much fun they have.

The worst was Ö an ironic one. I performed the show for a group of children, age eight. I had to censor myself as I went through the show, but because I didnít know this was the age group, because I wasnít told, I was very uncomfortable. I arrived 45 minutes before I had to go on. There was nothing I could do at that point. I couldnít go through the script and re-memorize. The only thing I could do was during the show, try and cut things out. I did. It wasnít only eight year olds, it was from eight to about 20, but I thought the age group was going to be 16 to 20. I didnít know anyone was going to be any younger, and there werenít any parents.

J: It might be the first time some of them heard about certain things.
MS: It was. I didnít cut out everything. I edited a couple words here and there when I thought it was going to get a little too specific. Because it is vague I could live with myself, because the kids were fine. They didnít learn anything they shouldnít, basically, and they didnít really get the stuff that could possibly make them aware of things.


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