PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: The Addams Family's Jackie Hoffman

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28 Dec 2010

Jackie Hoffman
Jackie Hoffman
Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Jackie Hoffman, currently playing the role of Grandma in Broadway's The Addams Family and presenting her solo show Jackie Five-Oh! at Joe's Pub through Feb. 21, fills out Playbill.com's questionnaire with random facts, backstage trivia and pop-culture tidbits.

Hoffman has appeared on the New York stage in Xanadu, Hairspray, Regrets Only, Pride & Joy, Book of Liz, Straightjacket, Incident at Cobbler’s Knob and One Woman Shoe.

Her film and television credits include "Extra Man," "Dirty Shame," "Garden State," "Legally Blonde II," "Kissing Jessica Stein," "Mo’ Money," "30 Rock," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," “Strangers With Candy” and "Cosby."



Full given name: Jacqueline Laura Hoffman
Hometown: Bayside, Queens, New York
Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius
Current audition song: "The Border Song" by Doug Cohen
Special skills: Making faces
Skill/talent you wish you had or were better at: Wish I continued with my piano lessons. Wish I could drive so I could go to LA.
First Broadway show you ever saw: No, No, Nanette (the 1971 revival, not the 1925 one)

If you could go back in time and catch any Broadway show, what would it be? Top Banana with Phil Silvers
Current show you have been recommending to friends: The Addams Family
Three favorite musicals: Hairspray
Xanadu
The Addams Family
Favorite showtune of all time: Is this a questionnaire for gay people?
The one performance – attended - that you will never forget: Steve & Eydie at the Westbury Music Fair

Music that makes you cry, any genre: Yiddish



MAC or PC? MAC

Most played song on your iPod: I don't own one.
Last book you read: "Half Empty" by David Rakoff
Last good movie you saw: I don't remember.
Some films you consider classics: "All About Eve
"Sid and Nancy"
"Mad Monster Party"
Must-see TV show: "The Real Housewives of Atlanta"
Three greatest TV shows of all time: "The Dick Van Dyke Show"
"The Carol Burnett Show
"The Honeymooners"
Performer you would drop everything to go see: Sammy Davis Jr.
First stage kiss: Never had one!
Favorite or most memorable onstage role as a child/teenager: The Messenger in The Prince and the Pauper in fourth grade.
Moment you knew you wanted to perform for a living: When I got a laugh in The Prince and the Pauper
How you got your Equity card: Second City
Favorite liquid refreshment: Seltzer
Most embarrassing or spectacular flubbed line/missed cue/onstage mishap: Missing my entrance in a play, and the actors had to improvise until someone pushed me out.
Worst job you ever had: There were so many.
Who would play you in the movie? What movie?
Favorite memory from filming "Curb Your Enthusiasm": Larry David's people trying to ugly me up and him saying, "She looks too good!" and me saying, "That's the nicest thing any man has ever said to me."
Leading lady role you've been dying to play: Martha in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Leading man role you wish you could play: George in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Three things you can't live without: Seltzer, chicken, toilet paper
Something about you that surprises people: I don't hate my niece's kid... yet.
A few things that are pissing you off right now: See my solo shows and you'll see an hour of what pisses me off!
How you unwind after a performance: Food and TV
"I'll never understand why…" ... I'm not famous.