Comedian Amanda Hunt is a fiercely outspoken critic of injustice and makes no secret of her feminist views on the internet. She also has the vocal and comedic chops to create and perform a cabaret love letter to one of history’s most unfairly maligned political figures, Monica Lewinsky. In the past, impersonations of Monica have not been kind and Amanda is determined to right this wrong, so she’s put her skills and passions to use in Monica Lewinsky Sings Your Heart runs for one more dates on August 22nd at the Kraine Theater. The show features characters from recent American history, song parodies from recent American musicals, and wigs from recent American Amazon orders. Come to this show for hot takes and warm feelings.
Tickets are $20 and available here: www.monicalewinskysingsyourheartout.com/
This week, Amanda sends in a contribution to The Five, featuring five thematically appropriate quotes from Ms Lewinsky, and why she finds them so relatable.
It’s no secret that Monica Lewinsky is a phoenix risen from the ashes of a scandal she could never have anticipated. Her bravery and resilience make her a hero but her ability to turn a phrase is what makes her an icon.
#1. In Barbara Walters interview: “I don’t have the feeling of self-worth that a woman should have, and that’s hard for me, and I think that’s been a center of a lot of my mistakes and a lot of my pain.” – This is so incredibly relatable to me. I think every woman at one (or many) moment(s) in her life has acted out of guilt or shame just for who she is. I certainly know that I have, especially as a comic. Those moments of self-doubt can be so hard and it can be very hard to stay true to yourself if you don’t know how to love that self.
#2. In Larry King interview: “I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t angry some days. But I really have worked hard to put a lot of the anger and disappointment in the past.” – If she can do it, we can all do it. Wow, there are so many “if onlys” in my life and they can really keep me awake at night. Anger and regret and disappointment with ourselves and others are so heavy but so hard to put down. It’s so helpful to remember that it’s hard work to let go but that it is possible. This is probably a good moment to mention that I am in therapy and it is going well.
#3. Daily Mail 2004 – “He could have made it right with the book. But he hasn’t. He is a revisionist of history. He has lied.” – As a dater of straight cis men, this could be me, talking about ANY of my exes…except that I’ve never dated someone ambitious enough to write a book.
#4. Twitter, May 9, 2018 – “dear world: please don’t invite me to an event (esp one about social change) and –then after i’ve accepted– uninvite me because bill clinton then decided to attend/was invited. it’s 2018. emily post would def not approve.” – Sorry to brag but I am an avid Real Housewives of Every City watcher. As every RH fan knows, who you invite to an event says everything about you. And if you choose to uninvite someone for any reason, just know you are going to be called out and featured as the villain of your reunion. If NeNe Leakes and Luann de Lesseps know better, there is no excuse for anyone to commit this faux pas.
#5. Vanity Fair, 2018 – “Now is our time to tell our own stories in our own words.” – Even though I have been working on my show since well before Monica said this in Vanity Fair, this quote really brought everything that I had been working on together. It celebrates that we’re living in a time when more and more voices are amplified and serves as a reminder that we only really have the present. There is no point in holding back or waiting; this might be our best chance to tell our stories. We have to take it.