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Letters 10-20-2014

Doctor Dan? After several email conversations with Rep. Benishek, he has confirmed that he doesn’t have a clue of what he does. Here’s why...

In Favor Of Our Parks [Traverse] City Proposal 1 is a creative way to improve our city parks without using our tax dollars. By using a small portion of our oil and gas royalties from the Brown Bridge Trust Fund, our parks can be improved for our children and grandchildren.

From January 1970 Popular Mechanics: “Drastic climate changes will occur within the next 50 years if the use of fossil fuels keeps rising at current rates.” That warning comes from Eugene K. Peterson of the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management.

Newcomers Might Leave: Recently we had guests from India who came over as students with the plan to stay in America. He has a master’s degree in engineering and she is doing her residency in Chicago and plans to specialize in oncology. They talked very candidly about American politics and said that after observing...

Someone Is You: On Sept 21, I joined the 400,000 who took to the streets of New York in the People’s Climate March, followed by a UN Climate Summit and many speeches. On October 13, the Pentagon issued a report calling climate change a significant threat to national security requiring immediate action. How do we move from marches, speeches and reports to meaningful work on this problem? In NYC I read a sign with a simple answer...

Necessary To Pay: Last fall, Grand Traverse voters authorized a new tax to fix roads. It is good, it is necessary.

The Real Reasons for Wolf Hunt: I have really been surprised that no one has been commenting on the true reason for the wolf hunt. All this effort has not been expended so 23 wolves can be killed each year. Instead this manufactured controversy about the wolf hunt has been very carefully crafted to get Proposal 14-2 passed.

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Erin Cowell - June 28th, 2010
Funny Lady: Martha “Marti” Johnson pursues her dream as TC’s first female standup comedienne
By Erin Crowell
“Do you know what they’re going to call the merger between Munson and
Spectrum Health?” Martha Johnson asks.
“Speculum.”
Of course, “Marti” (as her friends call her) isn’t being serious –
actually, the account executive at ABC TV 29&8 is always joking around
and making people laugh—so much so, that friends and family have
encouraged her to take on stand-up comedy.
It was something Johnson took seriously.
The Traverse City resident has already performed in front of two
sold-out crowds at Lil Bo Pub and Grille in town and anticipates an
additional mob at her next performance on Thursday, July 1, at the
same venue.

BRASS OVARIES
So, what does this 47-year-old single gal, living in Northern Michigan
have to say? Well, it’s all part of her routine titled “The Brass
Ovaries Comedy Tour,” the bit covers everything from career to pap
smears.
“Ever notice that everything that starts with the word ‘men’ has to do
with women?” Johnson asks. “Menopause, mental illness, menses…what is
up with that?”
On stage, Johnson recalls her experiences as a single career gal in
the world of online dating.
“I once got a marriage proposal from a guy in L.A.,” she laughs.
“Never even met him before. I was like, ‘For real, how did you find
Marti Johnson in the pinkie of Michigan?!’”
Not that she would have said yes, because as Johnson points out, her
standards are
set high.
“I’m looking for a guy with teeth and a job.”
Johnson’s routine is also about everyday life, particularly in
Northern Michigan.
“You know, there are two seasons in this area,” Johnson says. “Winter
and no left turn.”

MUCH NEEDED LAUGHS
As a TC Chamber Ambassador, Film Festival volunteer, NMC College
Scholarship Golf Outing Committee member and board member for
Michael’s Place, it was only a matter of time before this career girl
added something else to the platter.
Johnson has over 23 years experience in sales, which serves as part
material, part reason she is so comfortable on stage.
“I used to be a pharmaceuticals rep. I’ve sold everything from drugs
to radio and newspaper sales.”
With her type of career, Johnson knows that these are the times when
laughter is needed the most.
“It’s the most challenging time that I’ve seen,” she says. “People
need to laugh now more than ever. I love to make people smile.”
Johnson says she developed that ability through her father and grandfather.
“I’m a lot like them. I always have these one liners, plus I have a
great memory so it’s easy for me to recall a joke,” she says.
Johnson also draws her inspiration from comedians like Robin Williams,
but she says her style is all her own.
“My comedy is about life, it’s tragedy plus time,” she says. “Plus, my
routine is pretty clean; but, I might drop an F-bomb here or there.”
Friends have always encouraged her to get on stage, friends like John
Sohacki. He pursued his own hobby and now plays bass in a local band,
performing across the region.
“She has always made people laugh and I really encouraged her to get
out and try it,” Sohacki says. “All you can do is encourage and tell
them it’s going to happen. I give her credit because it took a lot of
courage. I’ve at least got some band mates to share the spotlight
with.”
But Johnson says she doesn’t mind being up there alone.
“It seriously goes by in a second. Of course, the shot of liquid
courage probably helped,” she laughs.
Her dream would ultimately involve performing at Traverse City’s
newest festival.
“My goal is to be the hometown humor girl – to perform onstage at the
Traverse City Comedy Festival,” she says. “I talked to a lot of
comedians at last year’s festival and they all told me that this is
how they started. You just have to decide to do it.”

Catch TC’s funny lady, Martha “Marti” Johnson and her “Brass Ovaries
Comedy Tour” at Lil Bo Pub and Grille, in Traverse City, on Thursday,
July 1. Show starts at 8 p.m. There is a $5 cover charge.

 
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