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Letters 08-31-2015

Inalienable Rights This is a response to the “No More State Theatre” in your August 24th edition. I think I will not be the only response to this pathetic and narrow-minded letter that seems rather out of place in the northern Michigan that I know. To think we will not be getting your 25 cents for the movie you refused to see, but more importantly we will be without your “two cents” on your thoughts of a marriage at the State Theatre...

Enthusiastically Democratic Since I was one of the approximately 160 people present at when Senator Debbie Stabenow spoke on August 14 in Charlevoix, I was surprised to read in a letter to Northern Express that there was a “rather muted” response to Debbie’s announcement that she has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president...

Not Hurting I surely think the State Theatre will survive not having the homophobic presence of Colleen Smith and her family attend any matinees. I think “Ms.” Smith might also want to make sure that any medical personnel, bank staff, grocery store staff, waiters and/or waitress, etc. are not homosexual before accepting any service or product from them...

Stay Home I did not know whether to laugh or cry when I read the letter of the extremely homophobic, “disgusted” writer. She now refuses to patronize the State Theatre because she evidently feels that its confines have been poisoned by the gay wedding ceremony held there...

Keep Away In response to Colleen Smith of Cadillac who refused to bring her family to the State Theatre because there was a gay wedding there: Keep your 25 cents and your family out of Traverse City...

Celebrating Moore And A Theatre I was 10 years old when I had the privilege to see my first film at the State Theatre. I will never forget that experience. The screen was almost the size of my bedroom I shared with my older sister. The bursting sounds made me believe I was part of the film...

Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith. She made public her choice to no longer go to the State Theater due to the fact that “some homosexuals” got married there. I’m not outraged by her choice; we don’t need any more hateful, self-righteous bigots in our town. She can keep her 25 cents...

Mackinac Pipeline Must Be Shut Down Crude oil flowing through Enbridge’s 60-yearold pipeline beneath the Mackinac Straits and the largest collection of fresh water on the planet should be a serious concern for every resident of the USA and Canada. Enbridge has a very “accident” prone track record...

Your Rights To Colleen, who wrote about the State Theatre: Let me thank you for sharing your views; I think most of us are well in support of the first amendment, because as you know- it gives everyone the opportunity to express their opinions. I also wanted to thank Northern Express for not shutting down these types of letters right at the source but rather giving the community a platform for education...

No Role Model [Fascinating Person from last week’s issue] Jada quoted: “I want to be a role model for girls who are interested in being in the outdoors.” I enjoy being in the outdoors, but I don’t want to kill animals for trophy...

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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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