Mama’s Night Out, the tour featuring three winners of the “funniest moms in America,” show made its stop last night at the historic Paramount Theatre for the Arts in Peekskill. The trio, comprised of a “southern belle, sassy Brit, and brassy New Yorker,” had the crowd of ladies and some gents in laughter, hooting and wildly applauding those particular jokes with themes that hit home.
Take the subjects covered by one-time lawyer now full time funny woman, Karen Morgan: her thrill at putting her last child on the school bus and showing her extreme appreciation in a way I can’t describe on a family website, the gift of a vasectomy she gave to her husband, realizing that parts of her body aren’t where they once were: “One night my husband went reaching for me and I said, ‘Hon, they’re not up there anymore, they’re down here.’ “ Of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, she divides participants into two teams: the “home” and the “away.” The “home” team gets to plan the menu and eat what they want, and the “away” team has to get into the car, drive to the “home” field, and be miserable. Georgia-born, she now lives in Maine with her Boston-born husband, and considers her children “bi-lingual.”
Brooklyn-born Nancy Witter is a spitfire of a comic, with her tough as nails accent, short white hair and “in your face” performance. Her bits touched upon being engaged for her second marriage and asked if she “was registered anywhere.” Admitting that she’s 50 and overweight, and her husband is an asthmatic 60 year old, she replied, “we should be signed up at Prescriptions and Procedures.” Her explanation to her daughter on what a mammogram is like is a riot, and her relationship with her new GPS is a scream, describing the distinct “hrmmph,” she heard the GPS emit when she didn’t make the correct turn, and the nasty tone the GPS took when it said, “recalculating.” Her daughter, she says, created a Facebook page, and now has “50 million thousand” friends. “I don’t WANT to know these people,” she said loud and with perfect timing. Plus, she says, “When I go on, ‘these people are doing absolutely NOTHING. I did read one write something, ‘I hate when they forget to put the whipped cream on my latte.’ “
The delightful red-haired British Sherry Davey was next, and in a proper accent, said, “No, I’m not here to solve a mystery.” Her take on teens with their sarcastic “whatever’s” and cell phone addictions was dead on, and her explanation that the woman’s movement in the sixties and their big entry into the workplace was really brought on by men. She explains, “They must’ve had a meeting and decided, ‘let’s have them take care of the children, the home, their husbands, AND make them go out and do all this sh&*.’” She discussed American’s nutty belief that Englishwomen make the best nannies, with the popularity of Nanny 911. She blames it on Mary Poppins. Sherry played to the audience a bit more and asked if there were any men in the crowd, and especially enjoyed the group in the front row who giggled throughout her performance, saying, “I’m taking you on the road with me.”
At the conclusion of the night, the three ladies took the stage together for a salute to vaudeville with Nancy playing the cymbals and drums as each took a turn saying a joke. It was obvious in this segment that these three ladies truly enjoy each other and what they do. And the crowd, out for fun night out, enjoyed these ladies just as much.
Kudos go out to Pat Braja, Acting Executive Director of the Paramount Center for the Arts, for coordinating this as a fundraiser for a local woman’s organization, Support Connection. This Yorktown Heights group “provides emotional, social, and educational support services to women, their families and friends affected by breast and ovarian cancer. The support provided enables women to help each other and empowers them to become their own health care advocates. “ Their website is www.supportconnection.org
Log on to the Paramount’s website to see the variety of entertainment being presented at this historic and majestic theatre in the heart of Peekskill. Here’s a taste: a “doo wop” performance in December; Step Afrika, which performs the unique dance tradition created by African American college students in February; comedienne Kathleen Madigan in April, Jay Black and Gary Puckett in June. www.paramountcenter.org
Tickets for these shows are very reasonable, and the theatre is an easy drive from Manhattan, or a train ride from Grand Central station via Metro North.