Jackie Hoffman Celebrates in Hebe for the Holidays at Joe’s Pub
By: Ellis Nassour
Jackie Hoffman’s is celebrating a little late. Hanukkah came much too early this year, but that’s not stopping the outrageous and outrageously hilarious [if about 80% NC-17] Second City alum, who gives chutzpah new definition, from providing the perfect antidote to the season to be merry. The new "holler"* day show Hebe for the Holiday will play Joe’s Pub December 20-24 at 7:30. [*This is one entertainer who doesn’t need a mike. That gal can project!]
Rest assured Hoffman can be relied on to [kidding now…a little] suck the joy out of the holiday season with her riotous anger, not to mention her melodious vocals. "Twitter, the Hamptons, billionaire toddlers, he festive season, and America’s obsession with guns have entered my world," Hoffman bursts, "and I’m not having one bit of it. With all that’s going on around us, there’ll be plenty of targets."
Fans of Hoffman from her showstopping appearances on Broadway in Hairspray, Xandau, and her favorite musical of all time, The Addams Family, where she memorably portrayed Grandma, know she can sing. While her selections probably won’t be from the American or American/Jewish Songbook, they’ll be fun. But, go ahead and admit it, you don’t go see The Hoff for her Streisandesque vocalizing, but for her infamous comic zingers about the hopelessness of her life and career.
Hoffman may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but Hoffmanites have been known to continue laughing, not to mention rolling on the floor, for days after her shows. These performances are perfect for stuffed shirts and the horsey polo set. [When you go, you can use an assumed name, don a disguise, and don’t have to tell anyone where you went.]
Hebe for the Holidays is directed by Michael Schiralli with musical direction by Bobby Peaco. Tickets are $30 and on sale at www.joespub.com or by calling (212) 967-7555.