As a general rule, I’m not comfortable writing my own bio. It’s hard to know what, if anything about my life or credentials, would be of interest to anyone else. But I understand that such things are good to have on file in case a quick eulogy is needed. So, should I get eaten by a Great White shark, feel free to have a B-list celebrity, or like, the President of the United States, read this aloud at whatever gas station people are solemnly gathering at for my candlelight vigil. (A few flowers would be nice, now that I think about it… and maybe a chocolate fondue fountain…)
An almost-native New Yorker except for a brief stint as a fetus in New Jersey, Alison Grambs is a humor writer and the author of: The Man Translator: Your Essential Guide To Manland; The Smart Girl’s Guide To Getting Even; Totally Silly Jokes; Nutty Names Knock Knocks; Hilarious Halloween Jokes; and Crazy Christmas Jokes. She would like to say she’s climbed Mount Everest, but that would be a lie. As a homely youngster she played the role of “Pepper” in the 2nd National Tour of Annie and, sadly, still remembers all the orphan songs and choreography from the show. She attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts (a.k.a the Fame school) where she spent four years as a Drama major, rolling around the floor in a leotard and tights, trying to speak like Katharine Hepburn. From there, she miraculously graduated Haverford College with a degree in English Literature, and then returned to her native Manhattan to join the national touring company of the Off-B’way comedy improvisation show, Chicago City Limits. For many years she worked at the legendary Friars Club as a staff writer and producer and Director of Membership. Some of her writing has appeared in MAD Magazine, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, The Daily News, and on www.OneForTheTable.com and www.Humorwriters.org. (The rest of her writing appears on her computer screen and notepads she leaves lying around the apartment.) Over the years, Alison’s squeaky voice has been heard on several radio shows; and her squeaky voice, along with her squeaky head and torso, once had the pleasure of being interviewed on the Today show. She’s appeared on a couple of television commercials no one ever saw, and is currently working on a very long novel and a very short memoir. Alison lives in New York City with her husband, and a Yorkie that looks more like a ferret.