This summer has been completely jam packed with women for me. Not in some kind of pervy way—I haven’t become a madame at the Moonlite Bunny Ranch in Nevada or anything like that. (Although we all know I’d be a really good madame and not just because I’d wear a fabulous green leather cape and have a pet panther named Pimpther as protection.) (OMG, somebody trademark that so I can pitch it to Andy Cohen at Bravo!)
Anyway, little did I know back in June when I Stood With Texas Women that almost everything I loved this summer would be laced with estrogen. And I don’t mean “laced with estrogen” like those cookies they give you in certain Central American clinics; I mean “laced with estrogen” because the past few months have been full of smart, hilarious female talent that kept the smile on my face when that smile didn’t always want to stay.
So allow me to share just a few of the brilliant woman who kept me entertained this summer:
I was super excited when Kacee, who reads my blog but who is still fairly normal and somewhat law abiding, invited me see her perform as Janis Joplin in Austin’s “One Night With Janis Joplin” show. I took my friend Maria with me and we were absolutely blown-away by how incredibly talented Kacee is. Blown away. Her voice is amazing and she totally nails all of Janis’ songs. (Favorite one: “Cry Baby”) We even got to go hang out with Kacee afterwards and I’m sure I was a complete weirdo because I was so in awe of her performance.
One of the best parts the show was when Kacee would drop a few F-bombs as Janis and the mostly white-haired crowd would just stare. Finally the 3rd or 4th time she did it, Maria (who is the most supportive person ever) started feebly clapping and yelling, “Whoooooo! I like swear words!” “One Night With Janis Joplin” is at Austin’s Zach Scott until 8/25, then moves to San Jose, CA, so catch Kacee if you can. You will LOVE her.
IN THE POWDER ROOM
I’ve been a fan of the blog In The Powder Room and editor Leslie Marinelli for a few years, so I was thrilled when I found out they included me in their first anthology “You Have Lipstick On Your Teeth.” This book has funny, poignant and offbeat stories by 39 women writers, including a few of my talented friends. My own contribution is about how women will always, always tell someone how much their clothes cost whenever someone compliments them on it. (“Ten bucks, TJ Maxx! And it only has three broken zippers and two rat holes!”) Buy the paperback book or Kindle edition at Amazon or use this link, then read it and say, “Thanks, Wendi! You’re so smart!”
Laurie is one of the authors of the book “Sh*tty Mom” and a staff writer for Conan, but she’s best known for being a hilarious stand-up. Chris and I went to see her show in Austin and we were laughing harder than we have in a long, long time. She does a lot of parenting humor, but it’s not like most parenting humor in that it’s actually funny, sharp and unexpected. Laurie performs around the country, so if she’s in your area be sure to go see her. We talked to her after the show and I’m sure I was a complete weirdo because I was so in awe of her performance. (Yes, this is a recurring theme.)
Here’s Laurie on Conan:
MARINKA AND KELCEY
Some of you may know my Mouthy Housewives and @PaulRyanGosling partners Marinka and Kelcey and maybe you already read their blogs. They’re always funny, but this summer they’ve been in rare form because Kelcey and her hair have moved to Florida with her five children and Marinka’s mama is sending her unintentionally hilarious emails from Scandinavia. I love both of these women to death and not just because they send me emails with subject lines like “I hate everybody.”
ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK
This only-on-Netflix show is pretty much the show of the summer, but with good reason. The story of a privileged white woman going to prison for a year is hilarious, surprising and upsetting and it has some of the best characters I’ve seen in a very long time. Based on the memoir by Piper Kerman, it was created for television by Jenji Kohan and has brilliant performances by Kate Mulgrew, Taryn Manning and my favorite, Danielle Brookes as “Taystee.” I watched the entire season in two days and can’t wait to see more.
And if there’s one thing I’ve learned from this show, it’s that I’d be much happier spending time with the women in federal prison than with the women in my PTO.
I’ve read a lot this summer and here are some of my favorites (but none of them are exactly funny—I like my books like I like my undereye circles…dark and pulpy.)
“The Best of Us” by Sarah Pekkanen (I love Sarah who used to send me funny emails, but now she’s busy writing awesome books)
And I also want to mention my friend Robin O’Bryant’s book “Ketchup Is A Vegetable” because Robin is a hilarious woman and mother of three in Mississippi who has taken to texting me at all hours of the night to give her thoughts on all five seasons of “The Wire.” Stuff like “Omar gonna be popped, you feel me?” and “Those hoppers in danger, yo.” Anyway, her book is a good one and she’s been making me laugh all summer on the regular like a good woman should.
I love Etta and her strange blonde hair so much and still remember the night that I saw her at the Hollywood Bowl right before I got food poisoning. (“Attt lasssttt! I’m throwing up my taco in the parking lot! My lonely days are over and life is like a BLURGH.”) I’ve been listening to Etta a lot lately, so let’s close my summer of women with Miss W-O-M-A-N herself—oh oh oh oh woah: