Stand-Up & Heartbreak: a comic and a sex addict walk into a marriage...

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1980s & '90s

Arlene Schindler

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A 26 yr old formerly-fat late-bloomer struggles to become a stand-up comedian while being seduced into a seemingly exciting romantic relationship. A room full of love, vs a life full of love. How do you navigate the two in 1981, a time when women were still expected to marry up and shut up.


Satire,Biographical,Comedy,Funny,Drama,Young Adult,Memoir,Romance,Other

Short Summary

In 1981 New York City, a lonely, hard-boiled Brooklynite struggles in the unwelcoming man’s world of stand-up comedy, poverty, and 20-something fear, determined to find love and laughter, meanwhile being seduced by her boss from a 1-week temp job.


New York and Los Angeles

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain,Rags to Riches,Internal Journey/Rebirth,Quest

Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age,Happy Ending,Meaningful Message,Philosophical Questions,Other

Mature Audience Themes

Sexual Abuse

Main Character Details

Name: Arlene

Age: mid-20's

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Aspiring,Modest,Charming,Obedient,Clumsy,Complex,Empathetic,Engaging,Faithful,Gracious,Funny,Outspoken,Skillful,Romantic,Sarcastic,Secretive,Seductive,Educated,Honorable,Insecure,Sophisticated,Underdog

Additional Character Details

Name: Rupert

Age: mid-30's

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Underdog,Masculine,Modest,Villainous,Narcisstic,Aspiring,Aggressive,Charming,Clumsy,Complex,Confident,Decisive,Outspoken,Skillful,Desperate,Greedy,Romantic,Secretive,Seductive,Sophisticated,Educated,Leader,Manipulative,Unapologetic,Selfless

Additional Character Details

Name: Josie

Age: mid-20's

Gender: Female

Role: sidekick

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Badass,Modest,Aggressive,Charming,Sexy,Complex,Confident,Decisive,Blunt,Empathetic,Selfless,Engaging,Outspoken,Skillful,Flexible,Gracious,Educated,Honorable,Funny,Visionary,Romantic,Sarcastic,Seductive,Sophisticated,Unapologetic

Additional Character Details

Name: Bob

Age: mid-20's

Gender: Male

Role: skeptic

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Masculine,Modest,Obedient,Charming,Complex,Confident,Selfless,Outspoken,Skillful,Funny,Decisive,Empathetic,Engaging,Faithful,Flexible,Gracious,Sarcastic,Strong Moral Code,Unapologetic,Honorable,Educated

About The Author

Arlene Schindler originated the comedy review column for The New York Post, writing reviews and profiles of comedians appearing in the newly burgeoning club scene. The first column of its kind in the country, helping spur comedy’s greatest growth period, paving the way for Colin Quinn, Mario Cantone, Susie Essman, Gilbert Gottfried, Chris Rock, and others. Her writing has appeared in The Los Angeles Times, Daily Variety, WOMAN Magazine and Playgirl. In her NY comedy days, she performed with Frank Conniff, Cathy Ladman, Brett Butler and Andrew (pre Dice) Clay. Currently, she lives in Los Angeles, performing in spoken-word shows around town and try in vain to find the perfect knish.

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Female Leaning,Universal,Other

Group Specific

Comedy Clubs

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: HumorOutcasts Press

Year Published: 2019

Hard Copy Available