Phyllis Gordon is an actress and comedienne who writes her own work. A mimic, impressionist, singer, dancer and parodist, she showcases all these skills in her solo shows: “Phyllis Diller Believes in Me”, “Faye and Me”, “Painfully Funny” and “Em-Pathetic” (Best Short Solo at Marsh International Solo Festival). A stand up comic adept at characters, she has performed at Standup New York, Comic Strip, Caroline's, Don't Tell Mama's, Gotham, Improv Boston, and The Comedy Studio. A Meisner and Method trained actress, Phyllis performs on stage and screen. Recent credits include comedy film “Beth and Don” (opposite Julia Louis-Dreyfus) and “Ziwe” (Showtime). She was nominated for Broadway World’s Best Actress Award for her work in Agatha Christie’s “The Hollow”. She is also a Voiceover Artist (FRONTLINE, Audible, Library of Congress).
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MORE ABOUT ME
My life is the grist for my mill. I overcome disappointment, pain, and life's unfairness by turning it into comedy. This comes naturally to me. When I was a child my Dad was bi-polar and my mom taught me "It's better to laugh than to cry." I was a gifted comedienne from the start and honed my standup skills entertaining my school friends. I used impressions to fend off bullies by making them laugh. In 2020 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. When the hospital staff was rude to me, I thought, "This is my next show." For the last two years, I've been writing it. "Em-Pathetic" is a solo show about the lack of empathy in healthcare. It has traveled from page to stage, from director to editor, from Zoom to live performance. My greatest gift is turning pain into comedy, lemons into lemonade.
WHAT I'M WORKING ON
Next week, I'm performing my solo show "Em-Pathetic" at the Emerging Artists New Works Series at TaDa! in NYC.
Comedy, Characters, Impressions, Mimic, Solo Show, Vegan, Piano, Parody, Musical, Puppets, Standup
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