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Carrie Snow headlines 'Women in Comedy' show at the Temple Theater

May 10, 2013

YellowBrix

May 10--When comedian Carrie Snow was working for Roseanne Barr, she went far beyond the job description of joke writer for the 1990s sitcom "Roseanne." She got a gastric bypass as a "guinea pig" for Barr. Snow will tell that story and others during her set at the "Women in Comedy" shows Saturday evening at Tacoma's Temple Theater. The two shows -- at 5 and 9 p.m. -- also feature comics Carole Montgomery and Laura Hayden as well as Seattle singer Mycle Wastman, who appeared on last season's "The Voice."

"Apparently, I enjoy the punishment," Snow jokes about her "Roseanne" days. But she said the experience turned out well for her. "I was on a diet for 35 years before I was 42. The D-word is worse than the F-word." In addition to her monologue, Snow promises she'll do a headstand during her shows Saturday. It's something she learned after a friend tricked her into going to a yoga class. She's been hooked ever since. All three comedians will perform 30 minute sets on Saturday, and Wastman will perform two 20 minute sets. It's a "Saturday Night Live"-style show (a mix of comedy and music), said Olympia-based comedy producer Jorge Hernandez.

Hernandez has produced comedy shows since 1987 and this is his seventh all female-comic show. "They are, by far, the most popular shows," he said.

Snow said the comic world is a small one and even more so for women. "We all do know each other. Usually I have to make a casserole to see all these fabulous women comics together."

When Snow was starting out, she had few, albeit great, female comics to look up to: Phyllis Diller and Joan Rivers.

"I had to look at the men. But if you are a real comic, man or woman, your act is who you are," Snow said. But, she added, "I think women bring a deeper context."

Working for Barr, "I wrote 100 jokes a day, 99 of which never saw the light of day," Snow said. But the experience helped her hone her craft, she said, and taught her how jokes propel a story line. Snow appeared in the comic film documentary "The Aristocrats" and is shopping her new book, "My Mom is Meaner Than Your Mom" to publishers. Montgomery has appeared on "Oprah," Bill Maher's "Politically Incorrect" and Showtime's "Comedy Club All-Stars." Hayden is a regular on the comedy circuit and is a motivational speaker.

Craig Sailor: 253-597-8541

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