SNL Alumnus Victoria Jackson Returns for CDI's 'Best Years Gone'
And when Ms. Jackson, with her iconic laugh and quirkiness, explains her joy at stepping into a fun, challenging role such as 'Alma Mae Howard,' estranged mother to burnt out mega-star singer 'Hannah Sweet' (Melissa Anschutz) in 'Lost Heart,' audiences will understand. Her range as a comedienne, singer, dramatic actor and 'ukelele maestro extraordinaire' (who once did a duet with 'Tiny Tim'), hasn't missed a beat.
Ms. Jackson's performance as a 'Hippie counter-culture' throwback who was formerly institutionalized, is a role that gives her huge, world-wide distribution platforms for sharing not only her performance, but those of an exceptional ensemble cast.
Ms. Jackson's wonderful experience with CDI on the set of 'Lost Heart' (directed by Jesse Low and also starring Don Most from 'Happy Days' fame), prompted her to say, "absolutely,"
The dramedy/inspirational 'Best Years Gone' was written by DJ Perry. Shane Hagedorn will direct. Many entertainment reviewers believe that after its initial years with Chevy Chase, John Belushi, Gilda Radner, Dan Akroyd, Bill Murray, etc., the 'prime' talent to come was 1986 to the mid-90s. SNL's lineup in those years included Dennis Miller, Kevin Nealon, Dana Carvey, Jon Lovitz, Jan Hooks, Mike Myers, the late Phil Hartman, Tim Meadows, the late Chris Farley and others.
But for six years there was one constant, hilarious, female comedic presence on SNL that audiences adored. Victoria Jackson (who did 20 appearances on Johnny Carson with her stand-up act), whose spot-on imitations, including 'Roseanne Barr' and her portrayal of a 'sexually-deprived' 'Mrs. (Santa) Claus' on 'Weekend Update' among many other sketches, earned her rave reviews from TV critics as "a talent right up there with SNL's best cast members, ever."
A cancer-survivor, Ms. Jackson authored a comedy/devotional book, 'Lavender Hair: 21 Devotions for Women with Breast Cancer' in 2017. Ms. Jackson wrote the book following a Stage 3 breast cancer diagnosis and thru chemotherapy, radiation treatments, baldness and as she says, "wigs, wigs and more wigs," as well as double- mastectomy.
She writes, "If you are one-in-eight women who have been diagnosed with cancer, or if you know someone who has been, this devotional is full of humor, insight, and comfort as you walk with God through this dark valley."
Ms. Jackson still performs her stand-up routine to standing ovations and has a YouTube show, 'The Vicki Wicki Wacky Jackson Show.
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