Friday, December 17, 2010

Oh I'll be on the radio ---call in!!!

there is some riveting text below----
Last summer, who would have know that just four months from that beautiful late afternoon day, I'd be sitting at home, casted in an unfortunately 'christian, christmassy-themed' device, ruminating on possibly funny things I may say on The Mark Johnson Show this Monday, December 20th.  WHO??? (ok, not me, for one).

Tuesday, December 07, 2010


Sunday. Dec. 12th - 7pm - doors open at 6:30 - come for a while. come for a minute. Hell, it's FIVE bucks.

Saturday, November 13, 2010


Well, that went pretty well, I think. (My show on Nov. 6th) - My makeup didn't run during some special sweating I managed to keep up for the entire show ---- No one tried to mount the stage and take me down (I worry about these things) - and only one Diet Coke exploded while sipping. All in all, not Half Bad. Next, I've got a little light dusting to do, and then the Monkey House on Dec. 12th. November has gotten a BAD rap. I can live with it. this time.

Sunday, September 26, 2010


Oh, I changed the name of my new solo show - It was 'The Martha Tormey Show' . Even the tickets say 'The Martha Tormey Show' on them- but I got increasingly concerned that that name had a somewhat cheesy-variety-show-type-feel to it that I just wasn't going to be able to live up to. Guests, zany dance numbers, prizes, a suprise visit from Liza.... I worried. So - new name - old tickets. All set.
Here's the current poster ---
All set. Not really. Not really set at all. People ask me, "Are you 'all ready?!" If I was, I'd do the set this morning in my living room with a full house consisting of Jane (only half dressed) and the resident six-year old who would prefer Curious George to me or Liza or a half dressed Jane to any show from me.
Here are some pictures that didn't make it to the poster....

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Martha Tormey : Half Bad

Tickets are on sale! I'll be performing at Higher Ground (S. Burlington) on Saturday, November 6th at 8:30.
Here's a picture of me in way too many clothes for August in Vermont. Way too many. I'm sweating just looking at that evil Winter jacket.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

That Black Door

Wednesday, July 14th - 8:30pm - The Black Door Bistro - Montpelier.
I know I know. it's killing me that the late-June event I planned for my living room got cancelled by my girlfriend. I had snacks and beverages and chairs and a microphone and EVERYTHING! But she got wind of it (I was sure we had discussed it) late and informed me that, "Jesus, Martha !!!! What were you thinking???? That's the night of the Real Housewives of New York Reunion Part 3!!!!!" Thank Christ SOMEBODY was on top of that....Whewww. I'd have had no problem pulling the plug on my self, but can you imagine if one or more of you THOUGHT you could stay and watch???? CRAZY SH*T. next show is OUT OF TOWN - or RIGHT IN TOWN if you live in Montpelier - Quit your whining about driving there - it's SUMMER and the drive is beautiful! And besides, the food at the Black Door is delicious! You can sit outside, dine leisurely, and then come inside and laugh and laugh. It's no Bethanny and Jill (reality tv reference) but I can only do so much. Hope you can make it. I'm traveling a bit these days....The kind people of Minneapolis enjoyed my humor. I hope you will too. And if you don't, well, buy me a beverage and we can discuss your feelings.
Later -- Martha - oh and above are two identical pics of some people who DID make the pilgrimage to Montpelier and then, mid-dine - posed for a nice picture! Look what can happen when you get out of town!
Oh, and Kathleen Kanz, Tracie Spencer and a guy named Jason will perform as well. Check the website for his last name - I've got some kind of reality art show to watch. Yeah. Art. ON TV!!! I never thought tv would be THIS GOOD!!!!!!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Vermont Comedy Divas - next show!!!!!!!!!

Well! We've got a swell show lined up for this Saturday, March 20th. 8:30pm at Higher Ground. If you've never been to one of our shows at HG - it goes sort of like this - you come with a bunch of friends who (like you) have "never been to this Higher Ground place" - go to dinner first - downtown if you like or Moe's if you prefer to be heckled before a comedy show -"Welcome to Moe's" - park in the expansive parking lot that says, I've arrived! -remember to thank your designated driver - "Patti - this is so great - I hate driving around and around looking for a place when I go to the Flynn..." - Come inside the warm, friendly hustle and bustle - look around and see that your kids and their annoying pals are NOT here ("Thank God for that, Patti! Right?") get a seat, no- get a drink - then a seat - and ENJOY 4 women who are justlikeyou/notatalllike you/justlikeyourcousinJuli who really does make every damn family holiday palatable.
It's an idea. Then again, you could take a bus by yourself, stand at the back with no beverage and blog about how you much prefer FLYNN events. Your pick. Just be there.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Vermont Comedy Club - -

You don't have to be a member to attend this show (on Sat. March 6th) - at Higher Grounds, but I think you'll get free water if you are...Some guys I know (and like) have put together a very nice website - and are producing a 'hilarious' lineup of comics - and calling it The Vermont Comedy Club at Higher Ground. I'm one of the comics on the 6th. Some of the dick humor at HG leaves me wanting too much alcohol, or, if I can't get the bartender's eye, I just head for the door. These guys are not "like that" - they have no menopause jokes, however, and they wouldn't know a pair of Isis capris if they walked into them, but they're funny - they're men, and I like them. Avi Waring does too - and she'll be performing as well...Come see us - Nathan Hartswick, John Lyons and Chad Smith as we all take part in the inauguration of 'The Club' - M.

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Vermont Comedy Divas - next show!!!!!!!!!

Vermont Comedy Divas -

Hi! well, it's been a while - so long that we've got a new Comedy Diva ! - While I was recovering from the last show, a new Diva moved in -- Tracie Spencer - it was time we had a blonde in the group. That's what it's all about - I'm just as superficial as a couple months back - nothing's changed except that I'm performing twice PRIOR to the next Diva show --- so - I guess I'll have my outfit down by then, if not my material.

Thursday, September 03, 2009

These kids ...

The Vermont Comedy Tour.'s OVER

Well, it was a first - and a fine first it was - We started in Waitsfield (where the bartender Jerry bet me he was older than me - I won) ---then on to Positive Pie in Montpelier - ...then I took a short night off to perform for the incoming freshman at UVM (special, special night - call me - it's worth it--) and then back onto the tour ---- to the fine Richmond On the Rise Bakery -- we then ended the tour last night at a teenytiney venue entitled 1/2 Lounge in Burlington --- It was fun - it was funny's time for a break ---

Thursday, August 06, 2009


Monkey House - Sunday (this). I'll be trying out some new material in preparation for my upcoming solo show(Sept. 12 - Flynnspace) so --
TURN OFF that incredibly pompous ANDY ROONEY on 60 minutes and drive over to Winooski - parking abounds!
See you if you make it. M.

Saturday, July 25, 2009


hello there - 
Tickets for my upcoming solo show,
are now on sale at the FlynnCenter box office.  
check the link above for all the info. 
as cynical as I am on any given day, I am, as well, utterly optimistic
that the show will sell out. so, yes, if it were ME, I'd buy my ticket(s) NOW. But that's just me. Utterly optimistic me.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

LA was very nice.

it seems that the diet cola I've been consuming has been strictly for women. 
hmm. no wonder I feel so feminine. 

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

VPR loves to Chat

Oh, the Green Mountain Comedy Festival went very well, thanks for asking. We were sold out at the Flynnspace --- such a swell room --- and prior to that, Kathleen Kanz and I sat down to have a little chat with Jane Lindholm of VPR's Vermont can hear it -- IN IT'S ENTIRETY - 
(my dad said, "it went on and on!")  but he was in his car in the driveway listening - as he believes home radios are a thing of the past. 

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Green Mountain Comedy Festival

Yes, It's finally Arrived! The first Annual 
Green Mountain Comedy Festival 
It's a BIG NIGHT of standup comedy - with.... Nathan Hartswick, Josie Leavitt, Peirre (the Beast) Vachon, Tracie Spencer, John Lyons, 
Dustin Bruley, Lindsay Going,  Mike Robideau, and ME, Martha Tormey.....The show is the brilliant brainchild of KATHLEEN KANZ, a fine comic and producer from the Montpelier Region. Kathleen's produced shows at The Black Door Bistro, The Monkey House in Winooski, and has a great eye for new (and old) comics. The Festival will take place on Saturday, May 16th at the Flynnspace in Burlington. 
Don't be a 
 - take a trip.downtown. 
tickets -  

Thursday, April 09, 2009


yes, I'm still recovering from the PINK day - V-day --- check it out. 

Giving Valentine Cookies

videoHi. I'm still recovering from Valentine's Day. Yes. the PINK day. If you didn't see me that day, you truly missed something. alas...

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Vermont Comedy Divas - For Spring!

videoWe're performing at HIGHER GROUND on Saturday, May 9th, 2009.  We are: Mary Ann Gatos, Josie Leavitt, Sally Stevens, and me.  So get your tickets now - because, yes, sadly, and wonderfully (all at once) it WILL sell out. Call me up if you want something "special" - like a reserved row, or free drinks, or a woman to sell you carnations half-way through. 

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Friday, October 17, 2008

Tuesday, September 23, 2008


Can't  you see it in my eyes ? (behind my glasses)
I'm performing next Tuesday at Burlington's Flynnspace 
Standup, Sit Down and Laugh. 
Hope to see you there. Martha.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Monday, August 18, 2008


He's busy that night, though - with some blessed 'play date'. Rotten kid. Cute, but rotten. If you've got a PLAY DATE this SATURDAY (23rd) and want to shake it up a bit - take them to my show - 8:30 at the Black Door Bistro, in Montpelier.

Sunday, August 03, 2008


click on the words above and it'll take you to my latest VPR 'piece'. I use quotation marks so that others will too.

Saturday, August 02, 2008

another photo shoot

Jane and I broke the law (I know, AGAIN) and drove her car down onto the bikepath to haul the equipment necessary to have a successful photo shoot for ... for ... publicity. The results were mixed. For some reason, I thought the "wet look" had come back and poured water from an old coke bottle on my head every 5 minutes. Other than that, I had my typical 4-minute makeup routine going on (I love LASH BLAST). Jane thought that putting my makeup on in the car AND changing my shirt on the railroad tracks were two events that really could've happened in the privacy of our home but she and I just don't always see things the same way. Here are a few of the results. My 14 year old niece Sophie had the Jonas Brothers scanned onto her cake--- (Ok, I had Shaws scan them onto her cake) and although she liked the results, if only I had had these pix for that fine birthday event......alas.

Jane's Lane Changing Anxiety

Here's a bit from the last Vermont Comedy Divas girlfriend's driving issue...