David Brenner, you will be missed.

Around Valentine’s day of 2008, I had the honor of opening for David Brenner in Aspen, CO. It was a week after my father had a small stroke and was admitted into the hospital in Las Vegas, NV. When I met David, we had a kindred connection. He reminded me of my father (except David had great hair and amazing comedic timing), I reminded him of his younger sister. I learned so much about comedy that weekend from watching and listening to him and his stories. We talked a little about the struggles a comedian has with separating their personal and professional lives as my father lie in a hospital bed unsure of where he was, and I was supposed to “be funny” in front of hundreds of people. David told me “when you’re driving a car, you don’t think about watching TV, and when you’re watching TV, you don’t think about driving a car. Learn how to separate the two.” We talked about my Dad and as the weekend in Aspen ended, David told me that he was going to be in Vegas the following week and would be happy to go by and check on my Dad for me if I’d like. Since my Dad was already having some mental cognition issues, we laughed together at the thought of David Brenner walking in to my father’s hospital room to “say hi.” That might surely put him over the edge. David was such a sweet man and a brilliant comedian. I lost my Dad a month later to a massive stroke and called David and let him know how much I appreciated his love and kindness during that gig. David will truly be missed by so many. Rest in peace sweet man, continue to make the angels laugh, and please say hi to my Dad. I’m sure he’d love to meet you now.

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My New Album “Crossing The Line” Is Now Available For Digital Download!

I’m incredibly excited to announce the release of my new album! It was recorded at Theatre Off Jackson in Seattle, Washington in front of a live, feisty, ornery crowd. It’s an hour of some of my new material mixed in with improv moments and fun crowd work thanks to an excited and participatory audience! Download it today! Look to the right of this post. See it? Right on the right hand side of the website. That’s it. Now go by it! Thank you for supporting live comedy, and as always, thank you for supporting me.

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January 18th 2003

11 years ago today I stepped out onto the stage for the first time in Albuquerque, NM at the KiMo in front of 650 people in a sold out theater. I was given a 7 minute set. When I hit my first big joke, I heard the most deafening laughter I had ever heard, and I was hooked. I felt like I could fly. This incredible journey began that night, and I couldn’t be more grateful. Thank you to each and every one of you who has purchased a ticket to a show, laughed at a joke, “liked” a status update. Thank you for the personal messages after a show thanking me for making your day better, supporting me in my craft along the way. For the friends and fans who go to show after show and laugh like they’ve never heard the jokes. Without you all there would be no audience, and without the audience, my work would be void of laughter. Thank you all so much, and thank you Shelley Freedman for taking a shot on the new girl. It will never be forgotten.

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