Some say doing stand-up comedy is like therapy - only cheaper. Venting
to a crowd of strangers can be cathartic if you have a passion for the
...and the chutzpah to bare your soul. 41-year-old Sarah Maizes has
both. The LA mom of three is living a surreal life: busy mother by
day...comic diva by night.
"I can't believe it," she told The Well Mom recently, as she
rushed off to New York City to debut her irreverent take on modern
motherhood at the Comedy Expo and the legendary club, Stand-Up NY.
It's the next step to stardom on a surprising path that began
more than three years ago when the pretty brunette hit rock bottom. She
was struggling with an identity crisis spurred in part by the demands
of caring for infant twins, plus an older daughter who had just been
diagnosed with autism.
are a different person after having a baby. There is nothing that
happens in a man's life that changes so completely who you are. Every
goal you had, the way you lived your life, it changes in an instant,"
she soberly explains over coffee in the corner of a sunny coffee shop
where she sometimes pens her material.
In a split second, the ex-New Yorker went from accomplished
literary agent, author and Mattel marketing exec to full-time mom.
After a year at home with a toddler and infant twins, she felt herself
"There were no creative juices flowing. I was exhausted. I didn't know who I was anymore," she recalls.
Comedy changed all that. On a whim, she signed up for an improv
course at a local comedy club, much to the happy surprise of her
"I was thrilled. I thought it might invigorate her," he says.
But no one knew she actually had some raw talent. Over the next
two years, Maizes worked on her craft as a student at the Acme Comedy
Theater and was later invited to join the company where she now
performs once a week. When her 40th birthday rolled around, she decided
stand-up would be her next challenge.
"She has that fire in her belly," says friend Jodi Miller, Maizes' newly hired comedy coach and fellow Acme cast member.
Now the passion seems to be paying off. Within weeks of posting
a performance on You Tube, more than 100,000 people clicked to watch
Maizes rant about the down and dirty of motherhood from martini play
dates to her sex life. Watch Sarah's act below.
Revved up on Red Bull and adrenaline, she devotes 30 to 40
hours per week writing, performing and working on her new book. She
tackles most of it at night after the kids go to bed.
The frenetic schedule is no joke. But Maizes says she's never felt more alive.
"Comedy helped me find my center and to deal with all of the things life had thrown at me," she says.