The upbeat Beat Live at the Redroom NYC 1995
Prior to my very first live performance as Shirley I suffered from stage fright. That performance lasted all of 3 minutes but I was approached by the director of the Redroom and offered my own one hour show afterwards. The Redroom was a poetry venue on the wild west-side of Manhattan, an area affectionately called Hell's Kitchen. I was also approached by Norman Riley, who became my percussionist for all of the upbeat Beat's shows from 1995 - 1999.
Spoken-word poetry has a definite beat to it, the beat of stand-up comedy and it was this rhythm I exploited in this my very first exploration into avant-garde character comedy.
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