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What do you get when a monk and a nun do the Holy Nasty?

This isn’t so much the set-up to a terrible joke – though it could be – but rather the origin story of Jeannette Rizzi— comedian, storyteller, force of nature.

After retiring from their religious posts and leaving life in Brooklyn, NY, Jeannette’s parents settled in the rural town of Alachua, FL to lead a simpler farm life among the cows. But Jeannette had other plans. By the age of 23, Jeannette found her own calling in comedy and moved to Los Angeles to pursue her dream.

Inspired by the likes of Ellen DeGeneres, Whoopi Goldberg and yes, even Cher, Jeannette started hitting comedy stages in earnest, eventually finding success beyond LA.

For the last few years, Jeannette has been performing her solo show Blindsided at comedy clubs, theaters and schools. Emboldened by the suicide of her best friend, the show is about finding hope during seemingly hopeless times. Blindsided showcases Jeannette’s deft character work, her willingness to share all aspects of her life and her unique ability to connect with an audience.

Blindsided is a product of Jeannette’s commitment to live, as well as her pledge to helping others who battle with their own raison d’etre. By going where no else has gone – into the lives of those we’ve lost, and into those who are left behind – this show has already been touted as a “groundbreaking resource for an epidemic that takes more lives than automobile accidents each year”.