The “Queen of Nice” will be taking center stage on January 24th at the Wilbur Theatre as she returns to her stand-up roots. Her quick wit and dry humor along with her strong opinions about many hot topics have made her one of the most successful conedienne.
SD: Most importantly, how is your health been since your heart attack?
RO: It’s really good. My health is progressing and I have made it a point to change things such as my diet and more exercise. I waited 55 hours before going to the doctors and I was lucky enough not to have suffered any damage. I am sure I won’t get that kind of chance again.
SD: You have performed standup comedy; you’re an actress, a philanthropist, an activist, a blogger just to name a few. Is there a certain aspect of your career that you are more drawn too?
RO: I think that my career choices changed over time. When my kids were younger, I wanted to be home more, so I chose opportunities that would accommodate that. I am always looking for career choices that will fulfill me.
SD: When did you realize you were funny and could make people laugh?
RO: I was very young. I was always making my teachers and my mom laugh. My mom would pretty much do a stand-up act at the PTA. After she passed away, it became a tool of communication within my family.
SD: How has your style of comedy changed over the years?
RO: It has changed from presentational to much more storytelling and the experiences in my life. There are a lot less punchlines. This format fits me better. Preparing for this tour helped me create a new act, fostering new ideas and new materials. I really enjoy this new style
SD: Do you have another projects coming up or that you are in the process of working on?
RO: I have a role in the upcoming season of “The Fosters” on ABC Family. I am playing a social worker named Rita. I really love the show. When I called creator Peter Paige to congratulate him on the show, he asked me if I would like to be on it. I will also be filming my tour for HBO and it will have a large part to do with my heart attack. I wanted to help make women aware of the signs. Heart disease is the number 1 killer of women.
SD: What can your fans expect at your show?
RO: An hour of laughter and merriment! I really love Boston. It is full of Irish Catholics and I look like everyone’s cousin.