Stories with No Morals
Although her training and background geared her for a life of sitting alone in a studio inhaling paint fumes, Sharon 'Mama'* Spell longed for a life before an audience. She moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from Hattiesburg, Mississippi after getting a BFA from the University of Southern Mississippi in Painting and Drawing. Her visual art has been described as possessing a fine and distanced beauty that suggests abstract expressionism. She was teaching at the Andy Warhol Museum and Carnegie Museum of Art when she dove headfirst in the cabaret performances, putting her fine and distanced beauty onstage, spouting abstract expressionist humor that everyone can relate to. Her show is more rock-n-roll than stand-up comedy, the kids dig it and you can dance as you laugh along to it (think Andy Kaufman + Pee Wee Herman + [Liz Taylor / Ethel Merman] = Mama Spell). She tap dances, sings songs, tells stories and plays her funky keyboard. Sidekicks Monkey and her Press Agent Pony also step in to lend Mama a comedic hand. Mama Spell has performed her comedy and tragedy across the land for about seven years in places like Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Columbus Ohio, Louisville and Hattiesburg. In Pittsburgh she has performed at Art All Night, First Night Pittsburgh, The Improv, Lava Lounge, The Quiet Storm, The Rex, and many other venues. Recently she has taken her show to the Knitting Factory in New York. *She got the nickname 'Mama' from a friend from college. She was his only friend with a car, and so her car became 'Mama's Taxi,' and she became 'Mama.' He started introducing her to his friends as such and she's had the nickname ever since. 'If you think ironic and uplifting are contradictory traits that can't coexist, maybe Mama Spell can change your mind. Part comedienne, part performance artist, the Pittsburgh resident (via south Mississippi) tells stories, provides social commentary and performs hilarious lounge versions of seemingly incongruous songs...' -- Jack Silverman, Nashville Scene '...hip and danceable brand of twisted song/comedy...' --Foxy Moxy, Piedmont Triad Hippo 'Mama's show is a one-woman extravaganza...' -- Mik Davis, Hattiesburg American '...a pop art Gracie Allen.' -- Ruth Cartlidge, Chattanooga Pulse 'And she's got so much style that she wouldn't look out of place in a John Waters movie.' -- The Winston-Salem Journal 'Stories With No Morals offers highlights of her live show, the Mama Spell Comedy Cabaret, with singing, storytelling and Mama just being Mama.' --Mike May, Pittsburgh Magazine 'Her whimsical Southern manner and offbeat humor... is abetted by some stuffed animals and her trusty Casio CTK-631 keyboard. She's threatening to tap-dance at Saturday's show.' --Gary Budzak, The Columbus Dispatch 'The highlights of Spell's performances usually are her songs, with the comic bits filling in between, or leading up to, a song. Spell accompanies herself on piano. This isn't the easiest way to do stand-up, but in her case, it works.' -- Mike Machosky, Pittsburgh Tribune Review 'Spell spins many a yarn on Stories, always with a healthy dose of irreverence. She begins by explaining her matronly moniker, which was given to her by a vehicle-challenged friend from college. 'I was his only friend with a car, and so my car became Mama's Taxi, I became Mama,; she explains.' --Kelly Delaney, Pulp 'It takes a skilled entertainer with a distinct persona to blend the many kinds of funny and still come out on top. Mama Spell, a Southern-born Pittsburgh hipster... pulls it off with grace and aplomb.' --Patrick Rapa, Philadelphia City Paper 'Mamas cabaret -- and Stories with No Morals -- works because Mama can come across as sincere as one of the Bushs first ladies, or a Reagan-era anti-drug commercial. And almost as funny. Because the fact is, Mamas really, really funny -- like a cross between June Cleaver, Liz Taylor and Absolutely Fabulous.' -- Justin Hopper, Pgh City Paper 'This CD didn't skip once!' -- Jackie Beat, friend to the gays since 1989.