Review: Celebrity Autobiography

Monday night, I went to see Celebrity Autobiography: In Their Own Words, featuring an all-star cast of comedians: Rachel Dratch, Kristen Johnston, Richard Kind, Dayle Reyfel, Claudia Shear, Sherri Shepherd, Michael Urie, Kristin Wiig and the show’s creator, Eugene Pack.

celebrity autobiography - partial cast

celebrity autobiography - partial cast

For those unfamiliar with Celebrity Autobiography, here’s the basic concept: a rotating cast of actors read selections from outrageously funny autobiographies from celebrities. Monday night’s victims included Burt Reynolds, Vanna White and Elizabeth Taylor.

The theater’s 2-drink per person policy definitely revved up the crowd. As soon as SNL alum Rachel Dratch climbed the stage, the diminutive comedian drew a roar of applause, quickly followed by laughter from her signature deadpan one-liners.

Other standout included Richard Kind’s riotously fun and spot-on interpretation of Wheel-of-Fortune’s iconic letter lady, Vanna White, and Sherri Shepherd’s husky-voiced rendition of the incomparable Liz Taylor.

But it was Kristen Johnston who stole the show. The blonde, Amazonian actress took on the infamous Zsa Zsa Gabor in a fearless, side-splittingly funny reading of the Hungarian socialite’s musings from inside her El Segundo jail cell.

kristen johnston

kristen johnston

Celebrity Autobiography runs Monday nights at the Triad – a perfect way to get your week started!

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