Comedienne of the Week:
Interview with Craig Markley
She's a D.J on 97.1 fm,a stand-up comic and a host for not one - but
two killer comedy shows in Hollywood! And when Sheena's not busy performing
clubs like the Laugh Factory or on the radio, she's being roped into
shocking Publicity Whore interviews by yours truly. Publicity Whore
sat down to see what LA's controversial queen of controversy had to
say about life, love and that damn
P.W: Word has it Sheena you have earned the nickname
the "Queen of Observation." What's the story behind this?
Sheena: Well, I seem to have been born with this
uncanny knack to notice oddly accurate (however irreverant) things and
blurt them out on-air or on stage. When I was co-hosting the 'Nastyman
show' on 97.1 FM, he began calling me that and it kind of stuck as a
radio nickname. My humor has always been more observational than introspective,
which is why I play a lot off the audience on stage.
P.W: Describe how 'Sheena Metal's Freakin Rock Review' got started
and are you still doing it? Who are some of the bands you've worked
with over the years?
Sheena: 'SMFRR' started out as a one-woman show I did in college,
with 'Sheena' as one of the 20 characters I played. I'd already done
a lot of guest starring on friends' cable shows as many of my different
characters and decided that I wanted to do a show of my own. Sheena
seemed liked the easiest character to build an entire show around. It
was between her and my serial killer clown character. I guess that I
made the right choice. I did the show from April 1991 until July 1998.
It was loads of fun and thrust me headlong into the music biz, where
I've worked with literally thousands of bands.
"Killer Klowns From Outer Space-an American Classic"
P.W: What advice can you offer to someone trying to break into
the radio business? Tell us about some of your difficult experiences
getting started, and what lessons people can take away from it.
Sheena: Don't expect to get a show at a big station
right away. It's going to be lots of work and baby steps to get there.
Find a small station somewhere (internet, cable, college, etc.) and
cut your teeth on that while you put together a killer demo. Also, intern
at a big station and learn how radio really works. It's an industry
that's always changing and you've got to keep up on it. I'm always willing
to help people who want to get jobs in radio because no one helped me
and I had NO idea what I was doing. It's just my dumb Irish luck that
I've made it this far.
"Where's me freakin lucky charms?'
P.W: Is LA really the entertainment capital of the world, or
just hyped up bullshit?
Sheena: LA is absolutely the entertainment capital of the world.
There is no other place like it. It has the most interesting energy,
It almost pulses. You can feel it when you drive done Sunset Blvd.,
or up Melrose. LA is truly a living entity of its own, which was built
up around the entertainment industry. I can't imagine living or working
P.W: What are your favorite comedy clubs to perform at in LA
Sheena: The Laugh Factory in Hollywood. It's got a big, warm
room with an awesome vibe and some great comics. Everyone there is like
a tight-knit family. It's as much fun offstage as on.
P.W: Do you think it is easier or more difficult for women to
break into the radio business than men? What are the advantages of being
Sheena: It's really hard for women to break into radio. It is
perhaps the hardest branch of entertainment for women to break into.
There are really no advantages that I can think of.
P.W: You've developed a solid resume as a writer for all sorts
of publications in LA. Did you intend to become a journalist, or did
that just 'sorta happen' and you ran with it?
Sheena: You know, almost everything in my career just 'sort of
happened'. I never intended to be a journalist, a talk radio host or
a stand-up comic. But working in this business in like Mr. Toad's Wild
Ride... it whips you to and fro and you hang on for dear life and hope
you don't get run over by it. I take the jobs as they come - and I'm
thankful for them! Writing is a blast and I love it. I enjoyed writing
for the L.A. Times the best, I think, because the piece was casual and
Mr. Toad's - worth the price of an E-Ticket!
P.W: Do you think of yourself as a comedienne first, and then
everything else follows? Explain how you prioritize when you have multiple
pursuits going on at once?
Sheena: I think of myself as an entertainer really. I'm certainly
a humorous person... but I'd be funny if I was a school lunch lady.
That's more who I am, than what I do. I don't really prioritize. I love
everything I do equally and I try to inject humor into all of it.
P.W: What was it really like working with Sam Phillips at 97.1
fm. We've heard she's an energetic 'spirited' one... why did the show
get pulled from lineup... honestly?
Sheena: The show didn't get pulled. Sam quit and was replaced
with Krystal "The Princess" Fernandez who is one of my best
P.W: I read somewhere that you are "A dichotomous blend
of female emotionality and male sensibility." Can you translate
these big scary words for our bong tipping Publicity Whore readers at
Sheena: Wow. That sounds like my Oprah Winfrey Show intro...
"Please welcome a dichotomous blend of female emotionality and
male sensibility... Sheena Metal!" Well, I've certainly got a guy's
head. I think that intellectually I'm much more male. Women tend to
inject emotion into everything.... which often scares me. You never
know what you're gonna get from girls. I know how to keep my girlie
emotional needs out of the entertainment industry. Which is a good thing,
P.W: Eminem, love him or hate him?
Sheena: Love him. He makes me laugh.
Will the real "M & M" please stand up...
P.W: What is one book everyone should read before they die?
Sheena: Charles Dicken's "A Christmas Carol".
P.W: Where are you from originally and how did you get introduced
to the entertainment business in the first place?
Sheena: I'm originally from New Haven, Connecticut. I moved to
Huntington Beach when I was 13 and have lived in the San Fernando Valley
since I was 23. I first got introduced to entertaining when I was five
and stumbled upon my mom's box set of Gilbert & Sullivan's "H.M.S.
Pinafore." One listen to that, and all dreams of becoming a doctor
P.W: And for the male readers at home, are you single? What's
the deal here? do you find it difficult to date in LA being a celebrity?
Sheena: I am always in and out of being single. I'm such a workaholic
that most people tire of my endless working after awhile. It seems like
fun to date a celebrity - until you do it. My public life is forever
seeping into my private life, and it takes a special person to handle
that. I have been told that I'm great in bed - which always makes me
laugh because I'm certainly not anyone's idea of a sex goddess. I guess
I get an "A" for effort in that regard.
Sheena and Mike Marino
P.W: What shows do you have coming up that people should
know about? Do you have radio shows people can listen to currently?
Sheena: I'm at the Laugh Factory in Hollywood every Friday
at midnite where I emcee and do comedy. The show is called "Sheena
Metal's Midnite Madness." I also host and promote 2 music
shows: "Sheena and Friends" every Thursday at the Sherman
Oaks Lounge and "SONGS ROCK" at the Joint every Wednesday.
I also do music shows at the Derby and the Lava Lounge.
P.W: And lastly, what do you think about those
entertainment loving, freedom fighters over at Publicity Whore Magazine?
Sheena: I love those guys! As a matter of fact, I slept with
the editor to get this interview. And as you can see, It was well worth