FAIRFIELD — A little older and wiser, the 3 Blonde Moms will kick off their 11th year in show business next weekend in Vacaville.
Solano County is a special place for the comics. Pepperbellys was the first venue out of the Los Angeles area where the trio performed. They sold out their first four shows there.
“It’s a beautiful venue,” said member Joanie Fagan. “It’s got an old feel. That old marquee.”
This time they are traveling 10 miles up the road for the group’s first show at the Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre.
The women have worked in 30 states as well as Canada.
“We’re international since we’ve performed in Canada,” Fagan said, in jest.
She dreams of shows in locales such as Australia and London. Those thoughts also include taking their families. Blending the families recently in the nation’s capital worked out well. When the moms weren’t performing, they all took in the sites of Washington, D.C.
“It was like one big, happy family,” Fagan said.
Fagan played Faith on ABC’s “The Drew Carey Show” and hosted the Game Show Network’s “The Real Live Game Show.” On tours, Fagan is joined on stage with two other comedic “moms,” primarily Kat Simmons and Donna Cherry, but the cast can vary.
“We go out on Saturday night or a Friday and come back,” Fagan said of touring. “We do a lot of work on the West Coast.”
They also perform at fundraisers. On Halloween, they will be on a Royal Caribbean International cruise ship heading to the Bahamas.
Fagan said the women have made their stamp on the comedy world. When she started out, Ellen DeGeneres, Rosie O’Donnell and Roseanne Barr were popular. Before that, it was Joan Rivers.
“We were kind of a novelty act when we started,” she said. “We kind of invented the wheel that way. It was a demographic that had not been tapped into yet.”
Like many comics, the 3 Blonde Moms find inspiration from their daily lives. Looking out into the audience, Fagan said she sees many heads nodding in agreement.
Fagan loves to tell the story of a vegan friend who purchased hemp clothes. Fagan tried to iron the wrinkled garb.
“There was smoke,” she said. “And that’s all I remember.”
The going rate for the tooth fairy is another topic that’s very relatable. So is dieting and the fact that moms can’t do yoga.
“By nature, the three of us are fish out of water,” Fagan said.
Recently, she completed 10 talk show episodes of “The Joanie Show!” for the GoCast Network at Jon Lovitz Podcast Theatre on the Universal CityWalk.
“I’m finally using that college degree – and my mom and dad are so proud,” she said.
Fagan earned her bachelor’s degree in broadcast management and a minor in theater arts at the University of Southern California.
About half of her time is spent doing her own projects. She was cast as the mayor in a new Internet series “Calabasas,” a take-off of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.” She’s also featured in “The Anglophile Project” series, and stars in her own pilot “Single, At My Age!” for TV.
Everyone from Peter Sellers and Goldie Hawn to Joan Rivers and Tim Conway make Fagan chuckle. So does Beaumont Bacon, one of her fellow 3 Blonde Moms.
“She’s the funniest,” Fagan said. “She’s like Tim Conway. She makes me laugh every single time.”
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