2007-11-02 / Community

Queens Comedian Set To Play The Baxter Theater

By Nicholas Briano

Former nurse turned comedian Tomasina DeCrescenzo is bringing her multi-personality act to Rockaway for a one-night performance at The Baxter Theater.

She will participate in a variety show at the local theater on 116 Street with musician Jason Levinson and host, John Baxter, on Saturday November 17; at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10.

DeCrescenzo's material consists of stand-up comedy, blended with singing and original sketch-like characters, including "Tommy Tuesday" and "Mitzy Ditzy." DeCrescenzo has performed with the Rockaway Theater Company, in Fort Tilden and at the Little Globe Theater. She was a nurse at St. John's Hospital in Queens for 25 years and has performed comedy professionally for nearly nine years.

Growing up, she was always active in comedy during high school and college, and certainly never lacked the passion. Even as a child, she and her brother would pull the candelabras off the wall for microphones and parodied the people in their lives.

DeCrescenzo started her postnursing career performing at The Vault in Queens, mainly with poetry, and steadily thereafter, incorporated comedy with her performances until she evolved into what she is today. Her comedy is mainly drawn from personal and past life experiences as a child and adult.

DeCrescenzo would like to one day bring her one-person act to a larger audience and get the exposure that she and many comedians like herself long for. However, either way DeCrescenzo says she is happy with life and will always enjoy what she is doing, no matter what happens next and is always thinking of new characters to add to her already hilarious arsenal.

The Howard Beach native is a mother of two and is only two years removed from a lung cancer scare, but somehow she still remains positive and finds a way to laugh about her experience when she is on stage performing. DeCrescenzo finds comfort, ease, and happiness in her characters, which propels her to exploit the funny in nearly everything. She simply has fun out there and enjoys every minute of the spotlight.

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