Joanie knew early on she was destined for a successful career in the entertainment business. She won California State Drama Festival awards in High School, was sought out for mentoring by esteemed acting coaches like Lynette Katselas, Nina Foch and Jered Barclay, and was a shining star at Harvey Lembecks Comedy Workshop for five years. Then moving on to two years at The Groundlings, where she cultivated her live stage “perky” persona, for the standup comedy portion of her career. All the while attending the University of Southern California where she obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast Management/Journalism School; minor in Theatre Arts; and Certificate of Completion in Political Science.
After graduation and a 3 year internship with nationally syndicated TV show “Hour Magazine”, then being personal assistant to movie mogul M.J. Frankovich for 2 years; years of theater performances, booking comics at one-nighters in and around L.A., on-camera talent in dozens of national commercials including Toyota, Pearl Vision, Alaska Airlines; voiceovers, movie roles, and more, Joanie began to tour nationally and perform solo at colleges, casino’s, and comedy clubs; as seen on A & E’s “Evening at the Improv” three times, Lifetime’s “Girls’ Night Out”, MTV’s “Half Hour Comedy Hour”, etc. The Ice House Comedy Club is where the producers of ABC’s “The Drew Carey Show” saw her, and cast her as Faith, President of the Optimists Club, for a recurring role in their series. This led to more roles in movies for Disney, Touchstone, and so on. Joanie also co-hosted “Why Didn’t I Think of That” with Wil Shriner on ABC, and guested on many other series and pilots. In addition Joanies perky persona was perfect for audience warm-up jobs on such television shows as “Will & Grace”, “Just Shoot Me”, “Frasier”, “My Big Fat Greek Life”, “Evening Shade”, “Hearts of Fire”, etc., all the way back to two years on “Blossom”. Joanie has always worked, and has a well-rounded background in many aspects of the television and film industries; comedy club and theater businesses.
Joanie’s most proud moment was when she became a mom. After a break in work to care for her baby, she was inspired to create a show for other moms, or actually, anyone who has or knows a family. Joanie then birthed the nationally touring hit comedy show 3 Blonde Moms…See How They Run!, and aside from hundreds of theater bookings to date, 3 Blonde Moms has appeared on E!, CMT; was “hit of the festival” and “most buzzworthy” in The Hollywood Reporter and Daily Variety at Montreal’s Just For Laughs Festival; resume’ includes dozens of local radio/television shows, and newspaper articles; and brand moves into film and television development at this time. Over a ten year span, Joanie has worn marketing, publicity, booking, casting, directing, writing, video editing for in show and promotional materials, and more, hats, for this unique and special hybrid show, combining audio visual with original scripting, a triologue, and tales from the ‘burbs from three distinct and unique points of view. Plus Joanie stars as Perky Mom in her show. She is a hard worker, who has provided many jobs and much income for many, over time.
In addition to providing jobs for others, Joanie is a seriously committed philanthropist. She has used her solo talents and the 3 Blonde Moms brand, to raise thousands of dollars and awareness for groups such as Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospitals, breast cancer’s Save the Tata’s, The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, The Amanda Foundation for our furry friends, Harvest for Hunger, public and private schools, and 3 Blonde Moms was invited to perform at The Greek Theatre in their Hurricane Katrina fundraising event. Her and her family are passionate about doing all they can to help those in need. Have five dogs they’ve adopted. In fact her daughter at 7 began Kids 4 Japan after the tsunami and The Endangered Animals Club at her elementary school, a year prior. So aside from being a success in her career and a very accomplished person, she is one proud mama, first and foremost.
In 2013 Joanie completed 10 talk show episodes of "The Joanie Show!" for the Gocastnetwork at Jon Lovitz Podcast Theatre - Universal CityWalk, was cast as The Mayor in new Internet series "Calabasas", is featured in "The Anglophile Project" series, and stars in her own pilot "Single, At My Age!" for TV. She continues to speak on using laughter to heal, teaches The BUSINESS of Show BUSINESS, and performs and has an uplifting message, at recovery home shows and conventions.
10 in 60 Guests
Jeff and Sandy reminisce about the comedy biz and discover their paths have crossed a few times over the years.
Tymon talks about family and shares stories about growing up in East Saint Louis.
Will talks about his history in entertainment and shares his experience working as an in-house intern for the Clinton Administration.
Joanie talks about the bonds between being a mom, her career, and her hit comedy "3 Blonde Moms."
Steve shares his experiences growing up Jewish, and reflects on the late Robin Williams and Joan Rivers.
Howard talks with Sandy about his legendary uncle Charles Rapp, and the family's dramatic influence in the entertainement business.
Sandy and Steve compare old school and new school comedy, and discuss Steve's play "Rest, In Pieces."
Brad shares his insight and philosophies about being in entertainment.
Norm talks to Sandy about the early days in his career and colorful moments along the way to becoming one of the most recognized performers in show business.
John and Sandy share poignant memories of the late Robin Williams.
Ron joins Sandy, remembering cherished moments with his friend, the legendary Robin Williams.