In the 1960s, a subculture existed right in the heart of downtown Chicago. It was the burgeoning nightclub scene—much of it run by the Mafia. As the only daughter of a talented, narcissistic and philandering stand up comedian at the epicenter of that scene, my adolescence was launched by the sudden murder of my father’s agent in the fall of 1963. What followed was a series of funny, and outrageously disturbing events as I struggled to negotiate and overcome PTSD, predators and dark family secrets. Things changed in 1970, when I met a fledgling young artist who launched me on an odyssey towards education, reinvention and chance.
“I was just trying to grow up but people kept getting whacked”
“A truly talented and gifted writer. It is a story that I cannot stop thinking
about. Like my idol Spaulding Gray, you have the ability to write with
complete honesty, while making it totally entertaining. It is a unique quality.
Some stories make great books—others can become great movies.
Yours is both. This is a feature film waiting to be made.”
—JAY JOHNSON, Tony Award winner, The Two and Only
“You don’t have to be from Chicago to love The Comic’s Daughter.”
—JOE MANTEGNA, Actor, Criminal Minds
“This is one of the funniest narratives I have ever read. Sort of a female version of
The Catcher in the Rye. A double-edged sword of subtle, ultra-Jewish level humor with
galvanizing poignancy. It reeks with intelligence. As for sheer talent, clearly gobs of it.”
—DR. JERRY L. CRAWFORD, Professor of Playwriting, UNLV