Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Fringe 2022 - Returning Favorites - Penny Sterling

ShMILF Life – Penny: For Your Thoughts

While waiting for her date to show up, storyteller/comedian Penny Sterling discusses her transition, and how difficult it is for her to find an authentic relationship as an older transgender woman.

Penny was in my pre-Fringe Top 10 for 2017 for her first Fringe outing in Minnesota, “Spy In the House of Men: A One-Woman Show With Balls,” and she delivered a 5-star show that Mom and I thoroughly enjoyed, as did the rest of the audience who gave Penny a standing ovation.

On the Fringe show page for this new show, it says, “ShMILF Life is the third show Penny wrote, and arguably the funniest, although who wants to argue in this heat. Penny also performs standup comedy when asked, and a lot of material developed in this setting found its way into this show.”

Excerpts from her bio:
“We will say that Penny tried really hard to live her life as a man. Like, tried for half a century, but it just didn't 'take.' You may remember her talking a bit about that in her previous show at Minnesota Fringe.”
“Since doing the thing she never thought she would do (transition), she's now doing everything she always wanted to do but never could.”
“She also rode her bicycle to the top of Mount Washington in New Hampshire at age 52 in a previous life. She thought that was going to be the most interesting thing she ever did. She was wrong about that.”

Need a very funny, very human show to round out your schedule? ShMILF Life is your ticket.  It’ll be on my schedule, quite possibly in the very first slot of the opening night of the festival.

If you need laughs or inspiration in the meantime, her Twitter feed is pretty great, too.

(You can click on the following links to see a set of links to the full Top 10 list, the Top 11-20 list, a list of returning favorites, and the full coverage of the 2022 Fringe on this blog.) 



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