It's a rare day when Amy Gordon can chat on the telephone from her New York City home. Better known as Amy G, she has been on tour for the past seven years, taking her unique “diva slapstick” around the world. For a few precious dates she will present her new solo show, “Entershamement,” in New York, Seattle and, Thursday through May 31, in Pasadena in the Carrie Hamilton Theatre at the Pasadena Playhouse. After that, Gordon is off to the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic and beyond.
“I like the travel and being in a new place and to work all the time,” Gordon said. “It's an honor. I guess it's what I'm here to do.”
Typically Gordon devotes summers to her solo projects and does other shows the rest of the year, so “Entershamement” offers her a bit of freedom and self-indulgence.
“It feels like giving a big chunk out, and I've tried many solo shows before, they've all added up to this one. This is the one I want to show people,” Gordon said.
A woman of many talents, Gordon has packed all of them — physical comedy, bits, singing and dancing — into the one show, which she describes as “a one-woman daredevil cabaret.” The performance is her way of ridding the world of shame, Gordon said, which gets in the way of people enjoying life. She admits she has also missed out on relishing experiences because of her own feelings of guilt.
“It's my goal to take all these things that I've ever been ashamed of and make fun of them. To really make fun of the monster in the mirror,” Gordon said. “There are so many moments when the life gets sucked out of a person because all of a sudden they've gone into themselves and are judging themselves.”
For material, Gordon draws from personal experience, taking note on what makes her laugh, as well as what she thinks needs to be laughed at, which includes issues that make her angry, anxious or sad.
“Comedy is a tool to take those things that need lightening up and apply comedy like a salve,” Gordon said.
Everyone needs to learn to not be so stoic, Gordon said, adding that she is a different person than who she was growing up.
“I was a very serious little girl. I was shy and terribly withdrawn. I was a perfectionist. It's only been through a long process of learning how to be stupid in public that I've come out of that,” Gordon said.
Since Gordon spends the bulk of her time in Europe and other overseas destinations, she said many people may not be familiar with her work.
“It's great music, great laughs, it feels good,” Gordon said. “Coming together in a theater is a super positive value for the good vibes it creates in a room of the collective experience of laughing hard at ourselves. It's transformative.”
When: Opens Thursday, May 15. Shows are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Sunday and 9:30 p.m. Thursday and Saturday through May 31.
Where: Carrie Hamilton Theatre at the Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino Ave.
Information: 626-356-7529, www.pasadenaplayhouse.org
In repertory with: “In My Corner” starring Joe Orrach, 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Saturday and 9:30 p.m. Friday and Sunday.