We can never get enough of actor and comedian Jackie Hoffman, who brings her irreverent sensibility to American Songbook on January 25.


Top three influences (artistic or otherwise)?
My father, Jackie Gleason, Carol Burnett.

First live performance you remember seeing?
Steve and Eydie at Westbury Music Fair.

Last live performance you saw?
M. Butterfly but I'd use the word "live" loosely.

Favorite city to play?
Anywhere there are gay people.

Hidden talent?
Acting.

Favorite book or movie?
All about Eve.

Top three pieces of advice for aspiring artists?
TRY. SOMETHING. ELSE.

Artist you'd most like to meet (past or present)?
Jackie Gleason.

First paying gig?
Shootout at the Trailblazer Saloon at Hershey Park.

Latest/current project?
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Country (or city) you'd most like to visit?
Anyplace warm.

Artist you'd most like to collaborate with?
Judd Apatow.

First time you realized you wanted to be an artist?
Fourth grade presentation of The Prince and the Pauper.

What you wish someone had told you when you were starting out?
Don't take it personally.

You hope someone comes away from one of your performances feeling…?
Tired from laughing so hard.

Next goal or challenge you're setting for yourself?
Get through the night without overeating.

What do you want to be when you "grow up"?
Not afraid to drive.