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Christine Pedi is an award winning performer who will crack you up with her dead-on impersonations and impressions, while dazzle you with her vocals. Her cabaret shows have earned Christine a MAC Award, New York Nightlife Award, a Backstage Bistro Award as well as being named one of the “Top Ten Memorable Theatre Moments of the Year” by Broadwayworld.com and Show Business Weekly named her “Best Female Cabaret Performer.” In addition to her cabaret work, Christine is a well known theatre performer who has performed in multiple incarnations of “Forbidden Broadway,” earning herself a Drama Desk nomination and LA Ovation award. Her Broadway credits include “Talk Radio” and “Little Me.” Her other stage credits include “The A Train Plays,” “The 24 Hour Plays,” Edith Wharton’s “Xingu,” “Dalliance in Vienna,” “Fanny Brice,” “Little Shop of Horrors,” “A Broadway Diva Christmas,” and “Carlotta the Gypsy Cow.” Christine just finished up a run in the Off-Broadway’s “NEWSical the Musical” produced by fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Tom D’Angora along with Fred M. Caruso. Stay tuned because Christine is planning her next move…but for more on Christine, in the meantime, visit http://www.christinepedi.com.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? Nobody specifically just the love of music and theatre. Probably the composers.

2. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? One? Are you kidding? Let’s start with Stephen Sondheim….

3. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I AM strange and unusual but not for any particular reason.

4. What’s the best advice you’ve given someone, but not taken for yourself? RELAX!

5. What is your proudest moment? A toss up between a few well received performances I did at Gypsy of the Year and Avery Fisher Hall and some wonderful compliments given to me by a few of my theatre idols.  Those are my most cherished possessions.

6. Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts? What do you order? Starbucks: (get ready) Tall, Decaf, espresso frappuccino with mocha chips. Use HALF the Frappucino mix and extra ice. (This baffles many a barrista but I don’t give up till they get it right since this gives me a super thick less caloric coffee experience.)  Bill Mahers “New Rules” states “You’re an asshole IF: it takes more than two words to order your coffee”…color me ASSHOLE.

7. Best holiday gift ever? Mom & Dad gave me a star shaped brass paperweight engraved with “Never give up love Mom & Dad”

8. Favorite comedian? I love many for many different reasons Dame Edna, Don Rickles, Fran Drescher, Carol Burnett, Robert Klein, Lucille Ball…

9. Favorite website? iTunes Music Store, IMDB.com & Zappos.com (they deliver shoes for FREE!)

10. “Mary” or “Rhoda”? Rhoda.


11. Favorite store to shop in? Lord & Taylor, Bed Bath and Beyond (The happiest place on earth).

12. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? I can hit a high C (maybe a note or 2 higher tho seriously when am I ever gonna have to?)I have a little over 3 octaves with a pretty low range.  Call me before 11am and you can hear what I mean.

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I had the pleasure of seeing Robert Klein perform live tonight at Comix in New York City.  Combining music & comedy, Robert commanded the stage & our attention. While most of his routine was politically fueled, he also interjected with some Jewish & Hollywood humor. He started off with a song about President Obama, begging him not to screw up his presidency by thinking with the wrong head (a la President Clinton). He continued with his political humor joshing on the likes of Sarah Palin, Eliot Spitzer & Larry Craig. He wondered what exactly intrigued Larry about the men’s room to make him want to have his affairs with men in there. Robert said there are a lot of places to have an affair, but he never considered the men’s room, even though there was plenty of toilet paper. He didn’t talk too much about Sarah Palin just that she was like the second coming of Dan Quayle. He also talked about filming a scene in his upcoming movie with Jennifer Lopez that comes out in January 2010. He plays Jennifer’s gynecologist & he said it was so weird filming because her husband, singer Marc Anthony, would stand behind the camera & watch as he examined her. One of the best moments came when Robert talked about his early days as a comedian; working with Johnny Carson and following Rodney Dangerfield around the comedy circuit. Robert’s impression of Rodney Dangerfield is magnificent, so much so that when I closed my eyes I thought Rodney was on stage. He ended the evening with 2 songs. The first one about colonoscopies and how it has opened up a whole new world for him but couldn’t imagine having this done in the earlier days with a full fledged camera crew up there. The second song was an ode to the Bronx. Since I talk a lot about theatre in my blog, I couldn’t help but enjoy when Robert referenced he days of working in theatre. The evening was full of enjoyment. Robert Klein shows no signs of slowing down. He performs again tomorrow night at Comix at 8pm.  If you are able to catch him, I would recommend it!

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