PAST Productions Columbus Presents…The Trip!

And we’re back!  Promoting the next show from PAST Productions Columbus.  Get ready for The Trip, written by Chrystal Rhodes and staring Lisa Shepherd, Patricia L Winbush, Vicki Saunders and Deborah Macklin. It will be directed by Truman Winbush.  What could possibly happen when four friends set out on a cross country road-trip?…It won’t be boring, that’s for sure.

All production details coming soon, so watch this space.


The cast of “The Trip” — (L-R) Lisa Shepherd, Patricia L. Winbush, Vicki Saunders and Deborah Macklin



A Very Funny Lady: The Legendary Joan Rivers

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It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to a woman that meant a lot to not only the funny women in the industry, but all of us that know what it means to laugh out loud. She did it first, and some would say the best, and for that, we are eternally grateful. If Joan taught us anything, it was how to be authentic, beautifully flawed and never apologetic for who and what we are.

Yes, the world is a little less funny without Joan. Our thoughts are with her family at this time.




Inspiring Women Series: Linda Mizejewski

To kick off our new Inspiring Women Series, we chose a woman who is a prominent figure at The Ohio State University in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Film Studies.  Dr. Mizejewski’s classes focus on women in media, particularly film, and body politics.  Professor Mizejewski recently released a novel titled, Pretty/Funny, which examines the politics of women in comedy, and focuses on the careers of Tina Fey, Ellen DeGeneres, Wanda Sykes and many more. 

Below (or you can watch the interview on our YouTube channel) you will find our recent interview with Professor Mizejewski where she spoke to us about this book, the classes she teaches, body politics and upcoming projects in detail.

Part 1: Pretty/Funny

Part 2: Women in Popular Culture & Comedy

Part 3: Body Politics & Upcoming Projects


Sasheer Zamata: Funny Person

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Sasheer Zamata recently joined the  cast of Saturday Night Live as the “first black woman since Maya Rudolph”. With this casting addition – and long before – there are people constantly wondering, “Is it hard being a female comedian?”. Sasheer titles her website, “Sasheer Zamata: Funny Person”, distinctly leaving out any pronoun. The previous question implies that it should be difficult or different or an anomaly to be a female comedian. What separates female comedians from male comedians is this question and the lazy MC introduction: “We now have a girl coming up to the mic”.

It’s hard to be a comedian. Sasheer Zamata is a wonderful comedic talent and deserves to be on SNL. We should celebrate the fabulous comedian that she is and all the similarly talented African-American women that SNL can, and should, employ.

That being said, SNL desperately needed to hire an African-American female to their cast. There are and have been so many black, female icons in popular culture. Further, if a show intends on making contemporary criticism of our culture, there is a need for that cast to be as diverse as those that inhabit our nation. Let us also have fantastic comedians who do it. And we will be fortunate enough to watch Sasheer do it. Her character reel includes celebrities like Oprah, Rihanna, Nikki Minaj and Beyonce.

Further, Sasheer is a versatile character actress who has proved capable to perform as a distraught vegan chef who just wants to control her show or a overzealous Best Buy attendant who is a part of the latest technology and many more. She will certainly benefit the show on screen and off as she also has extensive writing credits, which include work with the Upright Citizens Brigade.

Sasheer is joined in the writing staff by two other writers, LaKendra Tookes and Leslie Jones, both of which have proved themselves capable in their lustrous careers thus far. The addition of these wonderful comedians will certainly expand the voice of SNL in a positive direction. We can not wait to see what is in store when they begin on Jan 18.