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The Further Adventures of the Accidental Pundette

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Nancy Giles
January 17, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Writer/performer.

What is your show about?
Follow "CBS SUNDAY MORNING" contributor and channel-hopping political/social commentator Nancy Giles down her rabbit hole of real life media (mis) adventures in this expanded version of her hit Summer Shorts festival show!

Where were you born? Where were you raised? Where did you go to school?
Born in Queens, New York; raised in Queens, New York; went NYC public schools: PS 30, JHS 72, Jamaica High, and then Oberlin College. And we had a school song for PS 30. I may sing it.

Complete this sentence: My show is the only one opening in NYC this winter that...?
..recreates an appearance I made on "Larry King Live" that totally spun out of control..in front of a national audience. Eek.

Is there a particular moment in this show that you really love or look forward to? Without giving away surprises, what happens in that moment and why does it jazz you?
Why yes, there are particular moments that I love and look forward to..hmm..well, there's that's one, and then there's that other one..and HA. Oh yeah. That's a good one. Yeah. Something happens that involves music, a favorite book, and consciousness-raising. And it's pretty funny, I think. How's that?

Which cartoon character would you identify your show with: Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Mickey Mouse, Marge Simpson?
Definitely Daffy. He's brilliant, paranoid (with good reason). funny, and bitter. Not recognized for his unique take on life. Admires but is wildly jealous of Bugs. And filled with conspiracy theories. If you took away Daffy's speech impediment, and added an afro and Wellbutrin, Daffy would be me.

How important is diversity to you in the theater you see/make?
Diversity is everything. It's a win-win. I'm lucky to be a native New Yorker from Queens, the most diverse borough, and I grew up around all kinds of people, which made me extremely cool and hip. Not to brag or anything, but I sang harmony during the Hanukkah celebrations from first grade on. So I know some things about different kinds of people. I'm just saying.