She might be one glue stick away from losing it, but fans have stuck with Joanie Fagan and her “3 Blonde Moms.”
A stand-up comedian before the birth of her daughter Grace in 2001, Fagan noticed the audience leaning in when she turned to mom humor.
“Once you start talking about that, there’s an instant identification with other parents, and I just loved it,” she said. “I stayed home with my daughter the first two years and was inspired to do an uplifting comedy show about what we all go through.”
Fagan, who’s appeared on ABC’s “The Drew Carey Show” and in numerous TV shows, commercials and films, such as Disney’s “Angels in the Outfield,” wanted three completely different moms in the show. She represents the Martha Stewart mom, the crafty mom who strives to be perfect.
“I try to be that mom, but I fall quite a bit short of that,” she said.
She sought the “hot mom,” the mom that seems to have it all together. That slot is filled by Donna Cherry, a former Miss California and opening act for Barry Manilow. Cherry also has appeared on ABC’s “Desperate Housewives,” Disney’s “Suite Life on Deck, Nickelodon’s “Big Time Rush” and other TV series and theater productions.
“She always looks impeccable,” Fagan said. And rounding out the cast is the “feisty mom,” the one who always tells it like it is. Beaumont Bacon, who appeared in the film “Jerry Maguire” and in A&E’s “Evening at the Improv,” as well as other productions, takes on that role.
Though other comedians have been part of the act since its beginning about a decade ago and guest comedians sometimes fill in, Fagan, Cherry and Bacon have performed together for the past five years.
The three will take the stage for a PG-13 show at 8 p.m. April 25 at the Raue Center for the Arts, 26 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake. A meet-and-greet “momtourrage” follows the show, with tickets starting at $31. A portion of the profits go toward charities of Fagan’s choice.
Here’s more of what Fagan had to say about the act:
Kunzer: Why do you think the show has been so successful?
Fagan: I think I filled a niche. A lot of the audience that comes to the show, they’re not necessarily comedy club people. We don’t go out at 10:30 at night, must of us. I really kind of filled a pocket that wasn’t being filled, and I’ve had nothing but fun ever since. … We all go through the same thing, and I think people leaving the show feel that way.
Kunzer: How has the act changed in the past decade?
Fagan: The show evolves because we are moms, and our lives are evolving. It’s never really the same. As we get older, the audiences seem younger. Our show is perfect for all people. Even if you don’t have kids, you were a kid of a parent. …
The longer the cast stays together, the better it is. Before we even come out, you get to know us in this funny DVD. The show’s a hybrid really with audio and visual, an original script and the three of us telling our stories. I wish I could have 33 blond moms, because there’s a lot of funny talented moms out there.
Kunzer: Are you still trying to be the perfect mom?
Fagan: I’ve surrendered to the possibility that it’s impossible to achieve. I find that sweats, if you rotate them faster, you can get away with wearing them all the time. I do think someone should come up with an idea that your pajamas can make the transition to the morning drive to school, so that if you have to get out of the car, you wouldn’t be mortified you were wearing bunny slippers.
Kunzer: What does the future hold for ‘3 Blonde Moms’?
Fagan: I’m putting together a comedy special for Showtime. I’ve also written a movie, “The Adventures of 3 Blonde Moms.” It could be a series of movies, “3 Blonde Moms Go To Vegas,” “3 Blonde Moms Go To a Haunted Bed and Breakfast.’”