Hoffman nightly cracked up audiences with brief characterizations of the repressed Mrs. Pingleton, a butch gym teacher, a taunting prison matron and "A Denizen of Baltimore." As Pingleton, she became famous for climbing out of the first row of the orchestra and ad-libbing a different joke every night before scrambling on stage.
Hoffman, a veteran of Amy and David Sedaris' satiric Off-Broadway shows, stayed with the show so long she developed a cabaret act about her experience, called The Kvetching Continues. The work has played several sold-out stints at Joe's Pub. In her routine, the caustic comedic actress skewers her Broadway debut and also offers a handful of original songs, including "Three Minutes on Broadway"; a reworking of Stephen Sondheim's "I'm Still Here," sung from the perspective of a spoiled child actress; a tribute to the Jewish holiday "Shavuot"; "Eurotrash," based on her recent let-down-of-a-trip to Italy; and "Gay Baby," a lament about the unavailability of her gay friends (and former playmates) who are now having children.