By RITA CHARLESTON
For 21st Century Media
With the help of an all-female slate of stand-up comedians, Jenny McCarthy takes a long look at life as a contemporary woman, from single motherhood to casual sex, in a show called “Dirty, Sexy, Funny” at the Keswick Theater in Glenside May 2 at 8 p.m.
“It’s definitely dirty, sexy, and most of all funny,” says McCarthy, a model, actress, host, best-selling author, activist in the world of healing and preventing autism, and now the newest co-host of “The View” on ABC.
“I was in the field of development for about 10 years, and when ‘The View’ came along, and I was offered a spot, I knew it was meant to be. It was perfect timing,” she says. “My son Evan was growing up, and I felt I had enough wisdom behind me to do a talk show where I knew what I was talking about.”
She also felt the time was right for this new show she’s touring. “I’ve wanted to do something like this show for years, and I finally gathered some of the funniest girls I could find and put them together for a great girls’ might out, something that seemed to be in demand.” While the show centers on what women are thinking about, McCarthy says it’s also a show men should see. “I think men will get a kick out of learning what goes on in the mind of a woman.”
According to McCarthy, she’s not a stand-up herself and prefers to leave that to the professionals she’s gathered. But McCarthy will appear in the show in a series of vignettes. “On talk shows I can be funny and tell great stories. But I can’t really tell jokes twice. So I leave the comedy to those who can perform it best.” The show features Paula Bel, Lynne Koplitz, Justine Marino and Tammy Pescatelli, according to www.keswicktheatre.com.
Born in a suburb of Chicago, McCarthy says growing up she told her mother she wanted to be a teacher, a nun and a movie star. “Maybe I succeeded in two of those goals,” she says.
A Playboy Playmate of the Year in 1993, McCarthy has managed to move on and conquer several other aspects of show business. To begin with, she’s written books (8 in 9 years with a new one due out next month), many of which have landed on the New York Times Best Selling list.
Playing recurring guest roles on major network television shows, such as “Two and a Half Men,” “Just Shoot Me,” “The Drew Carey Show” and others, McCarty likes to focus much of her attention today on her first love — TV.
Another love is her ability to articulate the unspoken words she attributes to thousands of parents across the world she feels are dealing with autism. McCarthy is a board member of Generation Rescue, an organization dedicated to recovery for children with autism spectrum disorders by providing guidance and support for medical treatment to directly improve the child’s quality of life for all families in need.
And even with all this, McCarthy, newly engaged, says she still has what she calls “a goal list. I’d love to do some producing of TV shows — some inspiring ones where people can find answers to their most pressing needs — stories that I think should be told now.”
IF YOU GO
WHAT: “Dirty, Sexy, Funny with Jenny McCarthy and Friends”
WHERE: Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., in Glenside.
WHEN: Friday, May 2 at 8 p.m.
TICKETS: $34.50 and $44.50.
INFO.: Call (215) 572-7650.