Pajamas

At the office.

Carol asks, “When life goes wrong, isn’t that the right time to lighten it with humor?”  Wired to be funny, she writes for and performs to audiences of widows, divorced folks and others who have suffered the loss their job, home, their minds (too far?)  All are eager for grief relief and Carol provides it.

Who Am I…? and Who Wants to Know?

I’ve been writing comedy and performing for over 30 years. Few subjects are off limits to me because as we laugh about it, the pain chips away. After Jimmy, my high school sweetheart and husband for 33 years died in 2006 I did what came natural to me. I wrote about it and then spoke about it.

Humor is healing. Time and time again I’ve watched people enter my seminars and workshops stiff and stressed and they leave relaxed and hopeful, like they just breathed in fresh air.

Peggy Da Pigeon at the 25th Anniversary of the Gong Show

Me as Peggy Da Pigeon. I didn’t get gonged! That’s a feather in my cap!

My humorous essays have been published in The New York Times, Newsday, the Hartford Courant, and dozens of weekly publications. I also write a monthly humor column for the magazine Pathfinder: A Companion Guide For the Widow/er’s Journey available on line and in print.

I’m a founding member and Director of Programs for the nonprofit Manhattan Playwrights, Inc and I’ve written many one-act plays for their festivals around Manhattan.  Comedian Sherry Davey and I collaborated on MY SISTER’S KEEPER, a serious comedy about the family of a fireman  killed in 911. It workshopped for two weeks at the McGinn/Cazale Theatre in Manhattan.

Being isolated during Covid, after my closets were organized and I finished the 6th and final season of Schitt’s Creek,  I was forced  to be productive to support my Mallomar Cookies and Utz dark pretzel habit.  I  revamped,  my  comedy  ARE YOU DEE DOCTOR? about a women named DEE who marries Marty Doctor and becomes Dee Doctor.  The trouble begins when a couple seeking therapy asks her ARE YOU DEE DOCTOR? and she says, “Yes, yes I am.”

Ready for a Zoom reading is my new two hander,  POOR WIDOW ME.  It’s based on my book, but with many fictionalized twists. When Penny (my character) rehearses and records my memoir with  a man she just met (Ira) she  becomes increasingly alarmed by his erratic behavior.

I am a proud board member of Primary Stages, a non-profit, off – broadway theater company affiliated with 59E59 Theater founded 36 years ago by Casey Childs. Our artistic director  is Andrew Leyse.

I WAS an active  member of the New York Friars Club from 1998 until December 2019. where I headed a committee and was a contributor to their distinguished and widely read Friar’s Epistle.  Google Friars Club and you’ll see that that their illegal and immoral shenanigans collided with my sense of fair play.  My  need  to speak up for transparency unfortunately collided with my membership.

 To celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Gong Show I performed at the Lighthouse as Peggy Da Pigeon where legend Chuck Barris proclaimed, “You’re my kind of act.”  I’m still not sure if this is a good thing…

I have a grown daughter and son, (but are they ever, really?) and a perfect granddaughter, Skylar, born in 2004.  Miraculously, another perfect granddaughter, Sammi came along in 2012 and Vanessa popped out in 2015!

I sold the house where we raised our kids in January 2014 and now I live happily in Manhattan at first with my Morkie, Tony Baloney and after he passed away at twelve years old,  now with Frankie, my Havanese. My boyfriend, Mickey, is with us each summer.