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“Adaumbelle’s Quest” 2nd Anniversary

Photo by Ben Strothmann

I am so honored to be celebrating my 2nd Anniversary here at “Adaumbelle’s Quest.” It has been very exciting to have the continued opportunity to bring my love of entertainment and interviewing to so many people. I’m very humbled by the growth of “Adaumbelle’s Quest” in this second year and hope that this expansion continues.

I may be the face of this site, but “Adaumbelle’s Quest” would not be without each and everyone of you:

Every performer and artist I have had the opportunity to interview. The fact that you took time out of your lives to answer my questions is truly a dream come true for me.

Every press agent who has taken the time to help me get so many of my participants. I would not have been able to interview them without your assistance!

Each and every person who takes the time to read “Adaumbelle’s Quest,” whether it’s on a daily, weekly, monthly, or a whenever I can basis. I’m thrilled to have your support and the reality that I have fans is another dream come true for me.

My many friends who provide me with guidance and support, allow me to talk their ear off about ideas, always there to answer my infinite amount of computer questions, and those who help me with my logos, business cards, and buttons. How would I manage this all on my own? I’m so lucky to have you in my life!

ITBA for your support and giving me a place to meet other theater bloggers.

My family for their constant love and support.

    Photo by Ben Strothmann

So once again, thank you everyone from the bottom of my heart for all of the time, support, and love you give to me and this site. I’m amazed by these two years, not only of the growth of this site, but how this site has affected my personal growth. I’m so fortunate to have it and I don’t take anyone who has ever had an interaction with this site for granted. Thank you for sticking by me and I hope you all continue to do so!

    1. How do you decide who you want to interview? Initially it was artists and performers I have been a long time fan of, but it quickly became an outlet to also promote new talent I’m introduced to.

    2. Who has been your best and worst interview? You’ll have to wait for the book on this one! (hahahaha)…Seriously though, I just feel fortunate I’ve gotten to interview everyone I have because it’s been a dream of mine to be part of the entertainment community and I finally feel like I’m starting to move in.

    3. What are some of the most popular answers? That’s really tough because everyone is so individualized in their answers, but if I had to choose, many people answer Meryl Streep when I ask “Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to?”

    It’s pretty divided between Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts or they don’t like corporate coffee places when I ask “Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts?” It’s also pretty divided between “Superman” or “Wonder Woman,” though every now and then someone gets upset I only give choices for DC Comics. The reasoning behind that is growing up I wasn’t a big comic book fan, so when I watched superhero cartoons on TV, I didn’t know one was DC and one was Marvel. To me it was just a superhero. Plus, when I was thinking of these questions, I thought if two superheros were to have it out, it would be “Superman” and “Wonder Woman.”

    For “Boxers or Briefs”…most people answer boxer briefs, but briefs do seem to win out more over boxes, unless they go commando.

    4. Favorite place to write? My apartment and sometimes on vacation, but anywhere that can just allow me to be with my thoughts and little distraction.

    5. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? “The impossible is something that hasn’t been tried”–Ernst Bulova. “You can’t get a yes without asking the question.”–Bob Trautman.

    6. What’s your proudest moment? The moment I realized I am finally living the life I always dreamed for myself, just in a completely different way than I imagined.

    7. Favorite way to spend your day off? Sleeping in, going to the gym, catching up on TV shows, hanging with friends, taking a nap, going for a walk, or drinking a vanilla chai tea latte.

    8. Favorite skin care product? Origins…Perfect World Toner, Perfect World for Eyes, Matte Scientist (which they recently discontinued…please bring it back!), Never A Dull Moment, Skin Diver, Checks and Balances, and Firefighter. I also used to love Susan Lucci’s hair care products and her Youthful Essence Microdermabrasion.

    9. Favorite TV Show? I’m sure there are many more, but this is what I could remember. Now: “90210,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Brothers and Sisters,” “Modern Family,” “Glee,” “Cougar Town,” “Mike and Molly,” “Hot in Cleveland,” and “Raising Hope.” Then: “The Golden Girls,” “Family Ties,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Saved By The Bell,” “California Dreams,” “Beverly Hills 90210,” “Melrose Place,” “Donna Reed,” “Bewitched,” “Punky Brewster,” “Mr. Belvedere,” “Diff’rent Strokes,” “Silver Spoons,” “He-Man,” “She-Ra,” “GI Joe,” “Superfriends,” “Wonder Woman,” “Ellen” (TV sitcom), “The Class,” “Gobots,” “Jem and the Holograms,” “Bette,” “Sordid Lives: The Series,” “It’s All Relative,” “Strong Medicine,” “Any Day Now,” and “The Practice.”

    10. Favorite Comedian? Ellen DeGeneres, Wendy Liebman, Sandra Bernhard, Jessica Kirson, Leslie Jordan, Chelsea Handler, and Julie Halston.

    BONUS QUESTIONS:

    11. Favorite kind of sundae? Cookies & Cream ice cream with rainbow sprinkles.

    12. Peanut Butter: Crunchy or Smooth? Smooth, so it spreads perfectly when I make my yummy peanut butter and cheese sandwiches!

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Sebastian Maniscalco is one of today’s hottest comedian’s with impeccable comedic timing, energy, and most of all stage presence. I had the pleasure and privilege of personally interviewing him after seeing his show at Gotham Comedy Club on August 12 (click here for my review).

After graduating from Northern Illinois University with a degree in Corporate Organizational Communications, Sebastian realized his communication skills would be better utilized on stage entertaining audiences! So he packed his bags and moved out to Los Angeles and spent every free night possible performing at local clubs, bowling alleys, and bars. With perseverance, a strong work ethic, and skill, Sebastian rose through the ranks of comedy, landing a one-hour Comedy Central special “Sebastian Live” (which he took on a 20-city tour) and a gig on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” as a style correspondent providing hilarious grooming advice to unsuspecting airline passengers and churchgoers. From there, Sebastian was all over the television. His many appearances included the award-winning series “The Savages,” “Tim Meadows’ The Very Funny Show,” “Comedy Central’s Premium Blend,” “Showtime’s Comics without Borders,” “Comics Unleashed,” and “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.”

In between television gigs, Sebastian continued to perfect his routine on the stand-up circuit and while traveling around, he was handpicked by award-winning actor and entertainer Vince Vaughn to be on one of the four featured comedians in the critically acclaimed film, “Vince Vaughn’s Wild West Comedy Show.” In 2009, Sebastian completed an international USO tour for the troops around the world in Guam, Fuji, Misawa, Iwakuni, and Hiroshima. These performances combined with sold-out shows at the Dubai Comedy Festival and Lebanon’s Music Hall helped solidify him as an international sensation.

Sebastian is currently out touring the country. When he hits your town, I highly recommend checking him out. It’s a night of laughter you’ll surely remember! His next stop is at The Punchline in Atlanta, GA from September 9-12. (Click here for more tour dates). For much more on Sebastian Maniscalco, be sure to check out: http://www.sebastianlive.com.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? Johnny Carson.

2. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? Billy Burr.

3. What is your proudest moment? Bringing my parents to “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and having them get to see that whole experience.

4. What’s the weirdest reaction you’ve had to your set? When I opened for Andrew Dice Clay…his audiences are very dedicated to him and I got heckled a bit, not like a blender was thrown at me, but some comments were shouted out. Every comedian has to go through this to get to where they are.

5. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I don’t have any strange or unusual talents, but I am a neat-freak and a bit compulsive about it.

6. Favorite way to stay in shape? I like running, I work with a trainer sometimes, I like yoga and pilates. I’m on the road a lot so I like to have stuff that is easy to do anywhere.

7. Boxers or Briefs? Boxer briefs

8. Favorite TV show? Cheers

9. Favorite website? Expedia.com

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Wonder Woman

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. Favorite ride at an amusement park? I like water rides.

12. Summer Resort or Winter Retreat? Summer Resort

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Funny, energetic, and great stage presence are just some of the characteristics I would use to describe comedian Sebastian Maniscalco (interview posting soon). I attended his comedy show at Gotham Comedy Club tonight in New York City and laughed for the full hour plus.

Whether it’s his quick wit, a certain look, or a full fledged body movement, Sebastain knows how to get an audience’s attention. Commenting on everyday life, Sebastian’s comedy style is very easy to identify with. Some of his material includes jokes about what the job interview must be like for those guys who stand on the sidewalks wearing signs, how he tried to help is father over the phone set-up his internet, how customer service has changed over the years, and how dating tactics have shifted over the years.

If you are looking for a fun evening out with your friends, then come on down to Gotham Comedy Club and see Sebastian Maniscalco through Saturday August 14. It’s an evening that will keep you laughing well after it’s over!

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