No Thoughts for What She Doesn’t Have

Andrea Carla Michaels

NK writer Andrea Carla Michaels at the June 6 reading in San Francisco.

Andrea Carla Michaels, author of NO KIDDING essay “Mother to No One,” doesn’t waste time thinking about what she doesn’t have.

The storyteller, former Los Angeles stand-up comic, game show writer, and now naming consultant clearly leads a full life.

In her essay and appearances, Andre shares funny insights about getting older, suddenly being mistaken for people’s mother, and the realization that she’s somehow become the “cat lady upstairs.”

Although some of the writers in NO KIDDING did at one time want kids, Andrea never did (though she loves them and says she wouldn’t have minded having them).

But she’s baffled by why people would ask her and others of us why we never had children, when they wouldn’t think of asking a mother, “Why did you have kids?”

Andrea and fellow NO KIDDING writer and KGO talk show host Maureen Langan will read from their essays tonight and lead a question-and-answer session about these issues and more, tonight at 7:00 p.m. at Books Inc. Palo Alto, 855 El Camino Real.

Last week, nearly 50 people turned out for a NO KIDDING panel reading and lively discussion at Books Inc. Opera Plaza in San Francisco. Don’t miss tonight’s event with our Books Inc. friends at the Palo Alto store. And mark your calendar for the next Bay Area events:

Wednesday July 17: Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday July 18: Books Inc. Alameda, 7:00 p.m.

What would you like to ask Andrea, Maureen, or any NO KIDDING writer? Leave a comment below!

AndreaCarlaMichaelsANDREA CARLA MICHAELS is a storyteller, former Los Angeles stand-up comic, and game show writer who now names companies and products for a living as the founder and sole employee of ACME Naming. Andrea has written for Designing Women and has created dozens of crossword puzzles for The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, TV Guide, and The Wall Street Journal. She spent her most memorable years as a chaperone for The All New Dating Game. Andrea loves playing/teaching Scrabble, learning languages, and traveling (when her cat allows). The highlight of her life, thus far, was winning a motorhome on Wheel of Fortune (actually, that highlight is now tied with petting a kangaroo outside Brisbane). Though she grew up in Minneapolis, Andrea has resided in San Francisco for the last two decades and is mother to no one.

MaureenLanganMAUREEN LANGAN is an award-winning comic and broadcast journalist. She headlines at clubs and theaters throughout the United States and has been featured at festivals in Ireland, Canada, and England. She’s appeared on HBO, FOX (sorry), ABC News, CBS This Morning, Comics Unleashed, The Joy Behar Show, the Paramount Pictures film Marci X, and in many national commercials. She hosts a weekly talk show on KGO Radio in San Francisco. Maureen lives in New York City and Los Altos, California. She grew up in Lake Hiawatha, New Jersey, where there is no lake.

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