“Essentially my onstage persona is the “super-hero” alter-ego version of myself, laced in my unapologetic personality,” says Meshelle, one of the fastest rising comediennes today. She took a breath at ‘unapologetic” and then added… “On stage I am relentless in my messaging, off stage there’s much more grace.”
Some people need therapy but others need comedy. Meshelle’s mic-welding denizen of the spotlight came after over two decades of marriage, three home births – now college, high school, and middle school students. Meshelle asked herself a question asked, thought, or felt of wives and mothers who lose themselves in the enormity of those two rolls, “I always fancied myself to be a very progressive womanist, sexy, flirty, fun and driven; who enjoyed all of my 20s seeking undergraduate and graduate studies, travel, social justice, advocacy and adventure. Before there was “Sex In the City” I was living my dreams out loud with no one else to consider. When marriage and motherhood came knocking I not only “opened” the door, I gladly built a never ending canal of commitment and nurturing that left little to no space for my Artistic, Comedic and Theatrical pursuits. And let’s just say that my “girlfriend” persona had “left-the-building.” This show is a resurgence and celebration of ALL THINGS “Girlfriend.” That wondrous knowing that maturing women are just as vibrant, fearless, sexy, sensual and well-read as the years go by. It’s a declarative, musical and funny take on finding and keeping that connection to the “girl” inside and giving her license, to roar, laugh, love and live!”
I asked Meshelle a few quick questions about her newest incarnation of her act.
This is the first installment of the CABARET, yet I have been working this material as a stand-up comedienne and solo performer over the last 8 years and finally adding music to the funny! Audiences have been loving the candor laced in laughter.
Funny stories that happened on tour?
The stories are laced in life as an Artist who dared to LIVE her Dream in the midst of marriage [over 20 years], post-marriage and mothering. I use my hiccups and mistakes as fodder to sing and laugh about how there was never a blueprint for a woman and particularly one of color, who wanted to take it ALL on and win! While I am not yet a household name, I am garnering a genuine following, asserting that they are indeed of the G.A.W.D (Grown Ass Woman …Darling) culture.
What’s happening for you in 2020?
I am excited for this “reset” a new decade to be a relentless artist, dedicated mom of three very amazing kids, my 3 SUNBEAMS; and content creator as my writing partner and I are pitching for television and multimedia platforms. Stand Up is and will always be my first love, I am adamant about booking those “key” gigs that can change your life in moments, and I see them happening in real-time! And my love for solo performance and musical theater promise to ensure I inhabit more creative real estate in the CITY that never sleeps, one special engagement and residency at a time! I am a GAWD [ Grown Ass Woman…Darling]!