Fall Into Change!

London, UK
London, UK

The stand-up comedy tour of England and Ireland was phenomenally exciting!
I am so grateful for the welcoming spirit of the Irish and English comedy networks. I met some very good people, and I hope to nurture lots of new wonderful friendships! John and I were able to do a bunch of shows that were spread out enough that we could visit some incredible and historic places! I took tons of pictures and got loads of new material as an outsider to the native cultures. There are a few new pins on my map of things yet to do in this life…! You never really know what you’re missing if you don’t take a peek!

Liverpool Sunset
Liverpool Sunset

Looking ahead, I’ve been noticing that everything – not just the season – is in a state of great change. Nearly everyone I know is experiencing some kind of turbulence or turmoil, whether they are adjusting to a sudden launch of success or mourning the loss of a job or a loved one. I asked my dad what he thought of all of these life-altering shifts, and he told me this:
“I go outside and Iook around at the birds and the ground squirrels and the other animals… If they’re not packing up their feathers and booking it out of here, I know I’m good.”
It put things well-enough into perspective for me that I wanted to share this reassuring thought! The world isn’t coming to an end. We just need to accept and embrace these differences and make the best we can of them.
So I’m doing just that!


You may hear my voice on some tutorial videos that will be released regularly very soon! One is already in the can… More on that is yet to come!

Central Park, Dublin
Central Park, Dublin

I have been booking a TON of character work, so that’s on an upswing!
Even in Europe I was photographed in professional Marilyn Monroe replica clothing for Costumes By Christine, and Marilyn also got to come out and play for Dublin’s Culture Night event!
Here at home, I was thrilled to play Lucille Ball at a Ribbon-Cutting celebration in San Diego last weekend, and every upcoming weekend is filling up fast with Ice Queen parties! ‘Tis the season for Frozen-themed events, and with my newfound portability I am available almost anywhere! If you’re looking for an Elsa performer this fall or winter, you’ve found her! I also take requests for any new characters, so if you don’t see the one you’re looking for on my roster yet, just ask!
For any comedy or character appearance, I am willing to travel as far as you need, whether that is New York, Texas, California, you name it! If you’ll cover travel/lodging, I’d even love to appear internationally! I’d love to see new places like Dubai or France or Sweden, or even familiar places like Canada or Hawaii! Have costumes will travel 🙂 Wanderlust or Bust!

Guess which one is me :p
Guess which one is me :p

I’m starting to work out the kinks for a major show I’ll be producing soon, so if you’re a large venue looking for big acts, I might just have what you’re looking for! Depending on what city you’re in, there may even be surprise celebrity appearances and cameos! Stay tuned for updates! I can’t even wait to tell you more! But I will.

The first place The Beatles ever played!
The first place The Beatles ever played!

If you’re a fun, high-energy rockabilly band (or if you know someone who is)… I have a great idea! We should talk!

Thames on a rainy afternoon
Thames on a rainy afternoon

I’m deeming this the Solstice of Reality, where I get all of my best ideas off the paper and into the world. Join me! If you do something creative or have a project I can offer any help on, let’s create!

Until next time, kiddos!


Here are some of the shows booked out so far:

*Mirth Control* – at Cameo Nightclub in Bournemouth, United Kingdom – Saturday 22 August
*Unhinged Comedy Club* at Ha’Penny Bridge Inn  – Dublin, Ireland –  Sunday 23 August
*Roisin Dubh* – Galway, Ireland – Tuesday 25 August
*LOL @ Anseo* – Dublin, Ireland – Wednesday 26 August

*Dew Drop Inn* – Galway, Ireland – Thursday 27 August
*Raconteurs* at the Oak & Pastor  – London, England – Wednesday 2 September                               *T-Bird Comedy Club* –  London, UK – Friday 4 September
*The View, Everton* – Liverpool, UK – Friday, 11 September
*LOL @ Anseo* – Dublin, Ireland – Tuesday, 15 September
*Spirit Store* – Dundalk, Ireland – Saturday, 19 September
*Half-Cut Comedy* – Waterford, Ireland – Thursday, 24 September

There were many more shows added to this list as the tour grew closer, and we hope to arrange another tour again in a year or so, expanding to include cities in Scotland, Finland and France! What a great experience, and we made so many new friends!

What’s New?

My website has gotten revamped (it needed more pink), so it must be time for an update!

Lots of comedy shows and character events have come and gone since the last update, and I apologize for not keeping you up on those… Every time I logged on to write a new Blog, I would see where I left off and be swept away all over again with mourning the loss of my little soul cat. But this… is not really a blog, right? New site, new start.


as “Rooster”

(…Because sometimes a tiny actor gets an audition and you have to step in and play a character named Rooster with a bunch of kids.)

Starting July 13th, kids can take acting-themed summer camps with John and me at Forte Music Studios in Fredericksburg, VA!
Here are the camps available this summer:

*ANNIE Musical Theatre Camp*
July 13th – 17th, with a live performance Saturday, July 18th!
*IMPROV Comedy Camp*
July 27th – 31st, with a showcase at the end of the final day!

(NEW!) Elsa’s Ettiquette and High Tea Party! Saturday, August 15th from 10am – noon, when we’ll invite parents back for the Coronation & Knighting Ceremony!

See The Acting Camps Facebook Page for more info!

If you’re a grown-up and you’re looking to catch a comedy show, you can see me Feature at Liberty Laughs in Fredericksburg, VA on Saturday, August 15th!
I’ll have my bumper stickers with me if you want to save the shipping time!


This is pretty big news! This month brought me my very first Washington DC experience, and I can’t even believe that Europe is coming up next!

(American friends, don’t worry, we’ll be back in early October… I mean, probably…)

As always, if I’m in a city near you and you’d like to book your OWN engagement, just email ashley@castingashley.com to schedule a character appearance, comedy show, speaking event, photo shoot, or film/tv project!

Loss and Distraction

I apologize for the relative silence the past few months…
I am mourning the loss of my life’s best, truest friend – my 18 year old cat, Kiki. She was born on my twelfth birthday, and we shared a love that left others reverent, through to the day she died and forever. It was a rocky road to the somewhat abrupt end of her little path, but she couldn’t have had a more peaceful and comfortable transition, which came naturally at our home, surrounded by love.

I have been inconsolable. However, inactivity is unbearable as well, since it forces us to be alone with our thoughts, so I have been very active in the way of working.
I was fortunate to be brought back for year #4 at the Grammy Awards with MasterCard, and as an additional pleasure I distributed Grammy gift bags for American Express as well!
Several princess and Marilyn events have funneled through recent months, but even now it’s hard to remember what has transpired. It’s all been a blur since our final week with Kiki, when her health took such a steep dive.
She has been the axis of my entire world since before I was even a teenager, so without her I have just been reeling…

In time I will be back full force, but until that time comes, I am staying busy and allowing a respectful, necessary margin of reflection and gratitude for the wonderful, love-rich eighteen years I shared with my little Kiki baby.

Holidays Are All Up On Us. Alll Up In There.

Right off the bat, I wanna throw this out there:


Ok, now that THAT’S out of the way, hey look it’s the holiday season!

Black Friday is mere days away, so celebrate while you’re doing your stretches by watching the 2:34 video John and I made about it! It’s a comedic little song starring The Snow Queen and a typical Wal*Mart shopper to the tune of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”

I had a great time as an icy queen at the charity marathon for OC Cares and Waste Not OC! It’s a great cause and a concept that should really be a standard practice worldwide, but it has to start somewhere so here we are at the beginning of a better world. Check out Waste Not OC’s website and OC Cares for more info!

If you’re looking to spice up your turkey day this year, try the Contact form! I have some great ideas to offer!
Starting with this:

Are you a “Bob’s Burgers” fan? Call me and Louise and Tina will be at your Thanksgiving dinner to serve your family inappropriately! If you REALLY need to seduce a strange southern woman, we’ll even be your pretend family! No white over-alls, though. And no Best Kid tickets needed!

Throwing a Christmas party at work? Want to make your company President blush? Why not invite Marilyn Monroe to sing to him in front of everybody? Then she can mingle around and take photos with all of your co-workers – it will be an unforgettable night! And not just because you Xeroxed your butt.

Your party is at your home, you say? Unwrap the gift of GOLDiE from “Laugh-In”! She’ll even run your White Elephant gift exchange… if she can figure out how it works.

Will there be lots of children at your holiday gathering? Well, if you don’t want to hear THEM singing “Let It Go” thirty-four times, invite the Snow Queen herself to sing it! Once! Then she’ll entertain the little ones for a while so you can catch up on all of the latest with Aunt Fanny and the squirrels in her yard.

If you’re having a hard time deciding between all of these super-entertaining and brilliant ideas, then don’t fret – you can pick more than one! So… see you soon, yeah??


I got a haircut and went strawberry!

Ok, now that that’s out of the way:

The end of 2014 is shaping up to be a little bit INSANE, so try to keep up!

I have started lapping myself and RE-visiting some of my favorite princess birthday families! That’s so much fun! It is an undeniable perk to get to meet the kids at their birthday parties, and THEN see how much they’ve grown up a year later!! There is no better job anywhere ever!! If you haven’t made one of your family’s little ones’ birthday super-unforgettable with a “celebrity appearance” yet, I HIGHLY recommend you check out Once Upon A Time Character Company‘s list of characters! Trust me, this is absolute MAGIC!

I am also fortunate enough to be working with Corporate Kids on their latest charity event the WHOLE weekend of October 10th! This group steps up across the GLOBE and brings kids together who share common obstacles and they basically create the best weekend-camp they can imagine! I am so, so excited to be a part of this!

I got to “work” at San Diego Comic-Con this year, too, promoting Yahoo! Screen and the hit show Community! It was my second time at Comic-Con, and I always, always enjoy being there!! This time I also got to have FREE SubWay Sandwiches and drinks and chips, as they were giving this away FREE for 4 hours to celebrate Community coming back for a new season!!! SDCC is basically a giant party for everyone within a ten block radius.

I got to work with Nick Cannon, Julianne Hough and Angelique Bates (along with Samsung) at the Dlby Theatre this month, and we BROKE A GUINNESS WORLD RECORD! Ok, so it was just the record for most selfies taken in an hour, but hey – we did it! History made!

Reserve Saturday, November 8th on your calendars, you’re going to be at Angel Stadium in Orange, CA!!! This year’s charity baseball game is going to be even more fun than last year’s! Exclusive access to everything from the locker rooms to the VIP lounges, food catered by Katella Family Grill, see baseball legends on and off the field, the National Anthem sung by yours truly… This is a GREAT TIME to spend with your whole family, and it’ FREE!
Skip the big league crowds, sit in the BEST SEATS!
You can JOIN THE EVENT on facebook for all the details!

Don’t forget to book your holiday parties’ entertainment, too!
I’m thinking Marilyn can be a kitty cat this year for Halloween… Trick or Treat?
Need someone to inappropriately serve the dishes to your Thanksgiving table, or to be your pretend family? May I suggest Louise & Tina Belcher from “Bob’s Burgers”?
And of course, “Laugh-In” Christmas Elf Goldie Hawn is available to help guide your guests through your White Elephant party, if she can just understand how it’s supposed to work!

As always, check-in at my Fan Page for all of the new pictures and character events!
As far as I know I have no comedy shows on the books at the moment, but give me a minute to catch my breath and I might notice one!!

Hey 2014, you just might be redeeming yourself :p Way to wait ’til the last minute, eh?!

Enjoy The Moment…

…for you never know what will happen in the next one!

I’m still mourning Robin, and I have a few other people to go before I can even begin to comprehend Joan – Sorry, honey, take a number. I’m not ready to mourn you yet, because you’re STILL SUPPOSED TO BE HERE.

RIP Robin Williams, my teacher Gregg Williams, Elaine Stritch, my other teacher’s son Joel, Lauren Bacall you-beautiful-thing-you, John’s grandma Doris, Don Pardo, Joan Rivers. So much light has been lost so quickly in this tail-end of 2014, I am not able to fully grasp it yet.
Then again I still get misty-eyed about Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett… and Dom DeLouise… and Jonathan Winters… so there is that.

I’d like to celebrate LIFE with all of you. For the rest of this bizarre year, let’s live it up and share new memories together! Being near those who you love (and of course, who love YOU right back!) is a gift, and any of of those we’ve lost would testify to that!

I hope to personally have the chance to bring smiles to your faces, whether it’s with comedy, improv, or character work… Here are some excuses to drag the aforementioned people you love to their dancing feet:
-Get another unforgettable night out of that princess dress you bought your little girl for Halloween and invite a *real princess* over for a Royal Ball with her whole class!
-Invite * Goldie * to be your Christmas Party Elf (like NONE other, I promise you – she’s also more than happy to emcee your White Elephant gift exchange, though she might not know what is going on…at all)!
-Wake your granddad on Christmas Day only to find * Marilyn Monroe * in his stocking!
-Celebrate your favorite shy-guy’s birthday with a surprise singing telegram of “Happy Birthday” in that oh-so-breathy voice that only Marilyn can quite pull off!

Being an actress, impersonator and a comedian is a lot of fun (a lot of WORK, too), but it really isn’t meaningful without an audience. As much fun as I can have WITH you, it’s not entertaining at ALL if I’m by myself, in my living room. It’s strange, truly. Without an event, without you lovely people, I am but a brush without paint. So I’d like to give a giant THANK YOU to those of you who have supported my constant studying and scouring and detailing and honing, by calling on me to do what I do best – entertain YOU!
Because we ALL need a laugh now more than ever with all of the recent losses, I am taking off $50 of the normal rates out of respect for those legends we’ve lost. Consider it the pouring out of a forty into the street, or whatever it is the kids are saying these days :p

Just click on “Contact” and I’ll be happy to hear from you 🙂

Heatin’ Up!

I have been working hard lately on a travel show for China, so this picture is special: I’m in a helicopter – at the Grand Canyon!!!! And yes, I am afraid if heights. Does it show?? Haha!

The show at the Tustin Gallery (Saturday, May 3rd) was the most fun I’ve ever been lucky enough to be on at the Gallery so far!!! These just keep getting better, so be sure to catch the next one if you haven’t been yet!!

Tonight I had a BLAST with some brand-new friends on the “World’s #1 Comedy Reality Radio Show” The LIVE FROM THE MORGUE PODCAST!
Listen Now!
It was a lot of fun and I am hopeful to come back soon!

On a more serious, important note-
One of the most influential and cheerful teachers I have had in my lifetime – the one who finally made me think History was interesting, and HOW did I not see that before?? – is having a building dedicated to him at my old high school, and deservedly so. He has been struggling in a fight against cancer and we are now in “dark days” (his words). This dedication ceremony will very likely be the last time I see him, though I still hope it isn’t. This man is brimming with character. If there were a movie about him, he’d be a CRAZE to rival the Austin Powers franchise! I hope to someday make just that – a movie celebrating all that is the hilarious and warm Mr. Williams. He’s a man who is gentle, who has never hurt a soul. His students adore him, and want to protect him from pain or troubles. It’s rare that you find a teacher who touches so many hearts in such a pure, honest way, and I am so, so grateful to have his friendship and our shared experiences with me always.

Share your love with those around you! You never know what will change!!

Spring Forward…!

Well, year #3 at the Grammys was the BEST so far!! I was able to do a bit more star-gazing (it’s always fun to see someone in person after hearing SO much about them – I think that’s why we as humans are so drawn to celebrities and royalty), and the time flew by! Our group of “Ladies In Red” had terrible seats, but we were next to Ron Jeremy so we didn’t feel TOO bad about it – I guess HE couldn’t get good seats either, haha! It’s amazing how long the Grammys ceremony is – they only air the GOOD parts on TV, while the rest of us had to sit through HOURS of awards being presented to no one I had heard of… OH, if you didn’t know, the Grammys have been held at the Staples Center for the past few years, and there is a rule there where once you are inside you can NOT leave. If you leave the stadium, your ticket becomes useless! People still offer to buy your ticket outside without knowing that. I hope no one gave in! Anyway, because of that rule you HAVE to sit through all four hours of the event. Another little-known fact you won’t hear about anywhere else: unless you have a private suite in the stadium, there is NO ALCOHOL sold during the Grammys!!! Imagine it, hundreds of MUSICIANS and no booze!
Well, there is ONE place, but access is very limited, it’s the whole reason I am there at all, and that’s ALL I will tell you 😉

I had a great time at the Tustin Gallery of Performing Arts on February 1st, in comedy news! Great line-up, and a headliner I have known since before I even started doing stand-up, Claude Stewart! It was nice to share the stage with someone who contributed to my ascent into the field 🙂

Marilyn news, this time, is a little different…


Now, I would never, EVER put someone’s job in jeopardy for doing something phenomenally inappropriate unless I was ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN something awful had been done. With that in mind…
John and I were working the Consumer Electronics Convention in Las Vegas this year (and he was performing at the Laugh Factory there), and because I was in VEGAS I, of course, took Marilyn with me! John and I stayed at a hotel called Arizona Charlie’s close to the convention center. It’s part of the Stratosphere chain. We left my wig and costumes in the room and went to Day One of the four-day expo. When we returned, our room had been cleaned. I got ready for a night of Marilyning… only to discover upon wigging that… THE MAID HAD WORN MY WIG!!!!
Yes, you read that right.
There is no denying it.
The wig that I have worn so often and know like it’s my own hair… The wig that I wash and style MYSELF and know every detail of… was SO stretched out from misuse (and likely the man-hands of someone trying to stuff their giant hair into it without a wig cap) that when I put it on and turned my head, I could feel it FLOPPING AROUND behind my head!!!!!! The spaces between the lines of curls were so stretched apart that you could clearly see MY wig cap underneath.
I reported it to Bryanna, the front desk manager, and she stared blankly at me with NO surprise in her eyes at all that this happened, eventually saying, “That isn’t my department. You’d have to talk to Security.”
I asked her to call them and she finally showed surprise, as if it hadn’t occurred to her that she had access to a phone. he called Security for me, and they walked me over to their little casino booth and had me fill out a Statement form. I asked for a copy of my statement, and THEY acted surprised as if they’d have never thought of that. They obliged. John and I kept the “Do Not Disturb” sign securely fastened to the door of the room, as we did NOT want anyone coming and and trying on anything else – our hairbrushes, or TOOTHbrushes, who knows?
24 hours passed.
I called the front desk and asked Bryanna what was happening with my statement. She said she had sent an email to the head of housekeeping and did not know anything else past that because, of course, that also “wasn’t her department.”
The head of housekeeping (Shayla?) did not call me back until the day AFTER WE CHECKED OUT OF THE HOTEL.
I called Security and asked them for an update as to what was being done. They said they had performed “lock interrogation” to see who had access to our room. It seems this chain has no idea which housekeepers are in which rooms at any given time. They had not figured anything out “yet”.
The next day, another 24 hours later, I called again. They were surprised no one had called us to apologize (NOT ONE employee said “We’re sorry that happened to you” until TWO WEEKS after the incident was reported). They now said they had “checked the video cameras” outside our room to see who had gone into our room that day. They did not give me any information about this. They did say whether or not they had checked the maid’s phone for pictures of her in my wig, which – come on – you know she took some.
In our entire stay there, we never received new towels, soap, you name it. All the while, the maid who did this still had open access to our room and obviously no regard for rules or propriety. It was an extremely uncomfortable and stressful week. We left our valuables in our car, which didn’t provide us with much more security as the parking lot was littered with garbage and hypodermic needles (we took pictures, I’m not even kidding here).
After leaving Las Vegas and returning to Los Angeles, two weeks after this happened, the head of housekeeping had directed us to the hotel’s Risk Management department (what they had to do with anything I will never know). Upon reviewing my livid statement (wigs are NOT CHEAP!), their official response to me was, in exact words: “The hotel has completed it’s investigation, and we have closed the file. You will not be receiving any compensation for this as we do not believe that it happened. This is our final stance on the matter You have a good day.” *click*
There it is. Official permission for the maid service in this hotel chain to try on your things with absolutely no repercussions
If you are going to Las Vegas to get married, go the extra mile and stay somewhere nicer than this. I would hate for you to hang your gorgeous wedding dress in the closet, only to come back to your room and find that some giant maid had tried it on and ripped the seams.
I have not heard from the chain in any way since the event, despite several messages to the hotel’s Manager, Justine Thomas, and a message left with the chain’s CEO, Bruce F Becker’s assistant “Jenny.”
I have paid in full for a new wig, and suffered through an entire week in a horrible, filthy hotel, no thanks to Bruce Becker and the Stratosphere hotels.

On the bright side, it IS hilarious that this kind of thing can even happen in 2014. With the use of the internet and travel websites like hotwire.com and yelp… did they think NO ONE would ever hear about this?!


Autumn Updates

Oh my goodness, SO MUCH to talk about!!


First off, I will let you in on this year’s Halloween costumes:
John and I were Navin Johnson and Marie from “The Jerk!” We wandered around Downtown Disney singing “Tonight You Belong To Me,” and yes, John had his chair, his brush, his lamp… and his pants around his ankles.

Unfortunately for me (especially if you’ve read my last blog!!), John chose the week surrounding Halloween to do a 7-Day CLEANSE – and I just HAD to show solidarity and join in. That’s right, folks. Halloween, and I can’t have any sugar!!!
I know. I should start a foundation or something. Tragic. Just tragic.
But I made it through the whole seven days relatively unscathed. I’m going to give advice on a cleanse in the words of the first woman to ever go over Niagara Falls in a barrel: “No one ought ever to do that again.”
(PS: Her name was Annie Edson Taylor and she was 63 years old at the time!)


I was fortunate enough to walk the runway in another bridal show with SF Productions, this time at the beautiful Sweet Pea Ranch in Upland, CA! The picture for this blog entry, actually, is from that day, and was taken by Enchanted Portraiture’s own Andrija! It was a dusty day full of gorgeous dresses!!


Singing the Anthem at Angels Stadium. Landmark in my life. There it is. Done it. Feels good!!!

If you haven’t checked out Once Upon A Time Character Company yet, then please do! I have posted pictures in my Entertainer photo album in the Gallery – do take a peek, the dresses are inCREDible!!!! I have honestly searched far and wide for a princess party company that even comes close to the quality of experience that Disneyland offers (let’s face it, Disneyland is THE standard for this kind of thing), and THIS company is the very best, bar none. It does help that all of the princesses are or were at one time “Cast Members,” so you know you are getting the real deal! Amy Jo started this company with the incredible love she holds in her heart for what it means to be a role model for little ones and making their dreams come true, and you will feel that love at your event – I personally guarantee that.


I only started playing Marilyn a little over one year ago, and now I can’t write an update without mentioning what “she” has been up to lately – she has become such a HUGE part of my life!!! Admittedly, I have always adored her and admired her drive and charisma, her talent and of course her looks and style, but I never imagined that someday I would be so deeply immersed in her story and every little detail about her routines and innermost thoughts. It isn’t always all roses (it’s amazing how differently people treat you when you are portraying such an iconic symbol of so many things… not always terribly respectful, I’ll tell you that much!), but if I am completely candid: I absolutely love, LOVE, going to work. There is a sadness beneath the character that lingers just below the surface, but the effervescent bounciness and glow is GREAT fun, and the overwhelming majority of responses is LOVE. I am so lucky to be able to “clock in” and simply smile and absorb pure love from strangers, and knowing that it is a love I appreciate as a fellow admirer makes it mean that much more to me. Playing Marilyn really does fill up my heart with joy. I am so thankful for the honor of playing such a complex, generous, and intelligent woman. Even after so many years of so-called absence, she continues to give joy to myself and those who love her. Through this, she is continuing to earn the love we feel for her. Well done, Norma Jeane. That’s our girl!

A VERY talented photographer named Emily Berl reached out to me for a project she is doing on exactly this topic – specifically, what IS it about Marilyn that keeps her SO prominent, even today? I am honored to be a part of it, and I can’t even tell you how nervous and THRILLED I was to be in front of her old-school film-winding lens!!! I don’t have any of the pictures yet, but you can be sure that when I do they will be showing up on here, and on my Impersonator Fan Page!!

I was also blown-away to be invited to a super-swanky rooftop party in Hollywood by Porsche!!!! I met people from literally ALL OVER the planet!! It was very exciting, and ultra-glamorous! I’ll be certain to post a few pictures in my Marilyning album if I can track any down….!


Ok, I think that’s all of my news this time, but as always keep checking back for updates on Comedy Shows or public Princess or Marilyn gigs you can attend!

PLEASE be safe this holiday season. Hugs to every single one of you. And unlimited, infinite thanks for continuing to believe in me <3