Lawyer brings laughs in Morristown Onstage first
This is the 5h in a series of profiles highlighting the finalists of Morristown Onstage, to be held March 1 at the Mayo Performing Arts Center.
MORRISTOWN – A decade in to the show, Morristown Onstage is still delivering firsts, including the talent competition’s first stand-up act.
An in-house attorney at Morristown Medical Center by day, Andrea Glaser 41, of Morris Plains, recently took on stand-up and has been honing her craft by preforming throughout the Tri-State area.
She said doing stand-up comedy has been a lifelong ambition, but it took her four decades to work up the nerve to stand on a stage and perform.
“I was turning the big 4-0 and I wanted to do something important to me,” Glaser said. “So I decided to try standup comedy, which I had wanted to do for many, many years.”
For her act, Glaser said she tries to find the humor in her everyday life, specifically things that seem difficult or stressful.
“I chose material that is family friendly, funny for all ages and tells the audience a little bit about different aspects about my life,” Glaser said. I have a husband and two kids who are amazing, they keep me laughing and they keep me on my toes. They provide a lot of material for me and they are so supportive of the comedy. Their support means the world to me.”
Glaser said he son convinced her to audition for Morristown Onstage.“Because he has never been able to see me on stage,” she said. “He was able to watch my audition and now he gets to see me a second time at the show.”
Leading up to the show, Glaser intends to keep practicing her set.
“And also work, parent,” she said, “Basically do everything I always do and then some.”
If she wins, Glaser intends to donate the prize money to Morristown’s Goryeb Children’s Hospital.
“I think it is an amazing place,” she said. “And both my children have been treated there, so it is an important place for me.
Glaser said there are so many talented people in this year’s show and they all deserve to win, including herself.
“My act is unique and people will relate to me and my material and have a good laugh,” she said. “Laughter is good for the soul and it’s good for the abs.”
Regardless of how she does, Glaser plans to keep writing jokes and making more people laugh.
Staff Writer Michael Izzo: 973-428-6636; mizzo@GannettNJ.com