Here is something positive and loving to share. God bless you George! Brought tears to my eyes you charming fella!
I called it from day one. Matt Iseman should win The New Celebrity Apprentice on NBC tonight. I’m not coming from a place of bias. Of course I want one of my best friends to win. This comes from actually watching every episode (I never watched the show before and won’t again) and witnessing his undeniable passion and effort that he put in to every task. I’m bummed because all the President/Arnold hoopla created a dark cloud over a show that has one of the most genuine showcases of a very good person.
I had ZERO doubt Matt was going to shine the brightest in the show of stars. Zero! Because I know him. I had dinner with him the night before he started the journey and I knew then that we’d see him where he is tonight.
We were each other’s very first friend when we moved to Hollywood 18 years ago. We lived together for years, our godchildren are brother and sister… we have and will continue to tackle life together. That’s real friendship.
When all is said and done, whatever the outcome, I’m beyond proud to point to Matt and say that’s my dear friend. This is a showcase I can share with my nieces, nephews & possibly my own children one day displaying how one should conduct themselves. In a world that celebrates bad behavior, Matt Iseman is a shining star of TRULY GOOD!
*I would like to add one last thing. The big thing that was apparent throughout Matt’s run on the show was purpose. Matt’s charity is The Arthritis Foundation (www.arthritis.org). He has and deals with rheumatoid arthritis himself. When you work for something you know is bigger/other then yourself you always work much better. He carried that on his shoulders and it was apparent in his eyes. He showed up to make a difference in something he’d experienced himself. Purpose = power. Congratulations Matt!
UPDATE: He Won! Matt Iseman is THE NEW CELEBRITY APPRENTICE
Here’s a clip from my set on ”Chonda Pierce Presents: Stand-up for Families” episode 2 released on The Dove Channel.
The Dove Channel is like Netflix geared towards family friendly content. It’s nice being part of something the entire family could sit down and watch together. I can’t even do that with my childhood home videos! The comedians are all Christian with one exception… wonder who that might be?
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Recently I’ve noticed a great deal more anger online. I myself feel angry about many things that are going on in the world, so I decided to share a little something about myself in honor of the holidays and inspired by someone I love and respect.
I had lunch with my sister, wee cute niece, father, aunt and uncle the other day. The same uncle who fought back from the brink of death. Between many great conversations and laughs, my aunt said to me, “your cousin Jack wants to know why you never wear a NY Yankees hat while you are touring.” This question made complete sense to me as a born and raised New Yorker who, like my cousin, has been a Yankees fan since birth. I do wear a ball-cap quite frequently. Rarely on stage because I feel it can block out light on my face and I still have hair…even though it’s grey, it’s still there! On most occasions the second I get off stage the cap goes on, when traveling the cap goes on, and I do have my reasons for the ball-cap I choose.
I wear a few variations of an Orange Syracuse trucker hat. I never went to Syracuse University or lived in Syracuse, NY. All three of my sisters lived there at some point. One of my brother-in-laws got his law degree there and met my sister while she lived there. My other two brother-in-laws grew up there. I have been to countless games, holidays, parades, and festivals in Syracuse. Three of my nieces are being raised there. All four of my nephews, despite being raised in Connecticut, bleed Orange. There is not a member of my family that can get away with a Syracuse-attire-free Christmas. I’ve never shared this part (because I have no judgment for those who drink) but… my very last drink happen to be a pint of Guinness with my brother-in-law and sister after a Syracuse game at Madison Square Garden. We sat in a restaurant eating dinner and having drinks. At one point I looked around at the table and realized I could not be happier. It’s a great realization, to be happy and in the moment. I’m not always. But there was still something I disliked about myself. Then I took a gaze at my pint of Guinness and heard a voice in my head say “this is a fine way to end this part of my life… this will be my last pint.” No announcement, statement, declaration or program. That was 8 or 9 years ago. I don’t think my brother-in-law or sister even know any of this history of my not drinking. But it’s not the city, games, not drinking or school, it’s family. When I see the color orange (Syracuse), I think of my family.
I told my aunt I wear a Syracuse hat because I’m away from my family a great deal. Comedians travel for a living. That’s part of the job and it can get lonely out there. I wear the hat because it makes me feel close to my family when I’m not, think of them from afar, and always keeping them with me. Also orange is the color of optimism. My aunts reply… “Well, that’s actually very nice,” then she laughed.
May your own family provide as much happiness, care, strength and guidance inside of you this holiday season and many more to come.
Much Love, Peej
TO ALL THE DADS I KNOW:
I’ve yet to become a father. Hopefully I’ll come across the other half of that equation one day. I do have a few fine examples of great Dad’s in my life. I could not ask for better brother in laws than the three I have. Matt, Tom & Tom (Yes… we have Tom Tom’s) treat and care for my sisters in the very way any brother could wish for the most important gals in his life. I cherish being an Uncle. Brings me so much joy. Which is easy because they all are raising great kids.
Then I have my close friends… the guys whose wee ones and not so wee anymore ones call me “Uncle Peej”. I’ve watched my friends from High School, the Navy, extended family and through out my comedy career shine as Fathers. In my world I’ve been very fortunate to witness responsible, caring, loving & honest gentlemen who work very hard for their families.
All these men in my life are not just great brother in laws, friends, service members and comedians. They are truly amazing Dad’s. I sit back in exhaustion when I witness them in action. Seriously I always say to myself “I don’t know how they do it? I’m wiped out and I get to leave?’ They don’t… in a world where we way to often celebrate bad behavior these men are a shining examples of the opposite. I’m privileged to have them all in my life.
Of course there is my own father. That one is simple. When anyone asks me who my hero is I always reply my father. A hero can be defined not only by one single act of courage but a lifetime of influence. All the dads I know fall into this same category. No one has influenced me more then my father. He came from an island to this country with nothing and has given our family so much blood & sweat. My Dad never gets the proper thanks because it doesn’t exist in the Irish communication realm. But I’m also an artsy American… so… I love you Dad. If I can accomplish a tenth of what you have for our family I’d consider myself a fine man.
Happy Fathers Day Friends!