Blizzard was hot the night we saw her. Comedian Dena Blizzard took maternal material from her stand-up act and crafted it into a 90-minute stage show that is, judging from last Thursday's audience response, a real crowd-pleaser. Dena Blizzard's one-woman show is called ONE FUNNY MOTHER and you can catch it at the easily accessible New World Stages theater on West 50th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues in New York City. I took a buddy with me. He's not married. I'm not married. He has a full-time job working with special needs kids. He howled with laughter at Dena's tales of trying to balance suburban motherhood and wifely duties. Wine helps carry her through the craziness of domestic life. Wine cleverly stashed in different places on the set -- like in stuffed toys or behind the sofa as she folds laundry in the cluttered room. She's got the daily routine down to a science. She knows when and who to drop off at ballet class and soccer practice and who to pick up in the mini-van. Her loving but flatulent husband can't do what she does. Dena Blizzard has her crazy domestic army under full control. She's like General Patton with Fallopian tubes.
This is working class entertainment with a fun character. Behind all the gags and wisecracks, you do sense that Dena Blizzard loves being a mother, a wife and a friend. And a performer. Her warm personality makes the show. The ad for it didn't lie: It's a hilarious night of laundry, laughs and liquor. For ticket info, check out the website at OneFunnyMother.com.
I'm very eager to see what TV and/or Hollywood do with the talents of Dena Blizzard. ONE FUNNY MOTHER has been extended through September 3rd.