Testimonials

Phyllis Diller: "Susan Horowitz has analyzed female comedy and dissected it to the bone!"

Joy Behar: "A must for anyone who wants to crack the mystery of estrogen-induced yuks!"

American Express: “You listen to our concerns. Your methods to handle stressful situations work!”

Stark State College, John David, Faculty President: “Your outstanding keynote speech: ‘Celebrate Learning Diversity’ was highly motivational, educationally sound, and entertaining”

Mount Sinai Hospital: “Entertaining and uplifting!”

Atlantic Cape Community College, Avon L. Chapman, Director,: “You are an energetic, charismatic speaker who demonstrates a high level of preparedness resourcefulness and mastery of the topic.”

Author-Gender & Humor, Dr. Regina Barreca: "a wonderful combination of somebody who puts women's comedy in context, and is a funny, effervescent performer!"

Books

singing professor

Dr. Sue Sings Funny, Diversity Election Song!

Dr. Sue Horowitz sings her original, funny diversity song “Life Is Just a Bowl of Gravy” A Turkey meets a Pilgrim who invites her for dinner!

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LIFE IS JUST A BOWL OF GRAVY ©Susan Horowitz
This is a tale of a turkey bird who went to a turkey trot
When anyone asked her “Will you dance?” She answered “I will not.
I’ll only dance with a gentleman who makes our country great
If he’s got money, I’ll call him my honey, and he will be my date.”
Life is just a bowl of gravy – it’s saucy and surprising – and very appetizing!

Suddenly somebody stepped on in who came from Pilgrim stock
He said, “I’ll be candid, I have just landed nearby on Plymouth Rock
I got money and power, I sail the Mayflower and you look mighty fine
Please do not stall, be my butterball, and come with me to dine.”
Life is just a bowl of gravy – it’s saucy and surprising – and very appetizing!

They went to a fabulous restaurant, she was his dinner date
When they got there, the table was bare except for an empty plate
The rest of the story is terribly gory – a pilgrim’s fairy tale
You may not get here by the Mayflower dear,
But we’re in the same boat – so protest and vote
And dance at our own turkey ball!
Life is just a bowl of gravy – it’s saucy and surprising – and very appetizing!

Hope you enjoy my song! Please contact me for Bookings as Speaker or Entertainer – Enjoy my Book “Queens of Comedy” and CD “For Heroes and Lovers”

Dr. Sue Horowitz

Dr. Sue Horowitz

“My Mission is Empowering Art, Education & Positive Living!”

– Susan (“Dr. Sue”) Horowitz, Ph.D. 

SssWitch!” – an Anti-Bullying, Empowering  Musical! www.ssswitch.net

CD: “For Heroes and Lovers”: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/drsue2

Book: “Queens of Comedy” (interviews with Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, Joan Rivers, Phyllis Diller, etc.) http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/219367

Published Plays: “Judy Maccabee”: a Comedy with a Girl Hero!

“Poe-tic Justice” A Naughty Thriller!

Susan Horowitz: Facebook (Susan.Horowitz1) , Linked In, Twitter @drsue6

Dance Parade (Entertainment/Arts NYC)

Red Silk Dancers with   Dr. Sue - Dance Parade

Red Silk Dancers & Dr. Sue

We’re “dancing in the street” and on the stage at the annual Dance Parade! The parade route boogies down Broadway  to Tompkins Square Park, NYC to celebrate the performing arts and multi-cultural fun!

Web: www.danceparade.org

Dancing divas, colorful costumes, and diversity rule the day in New York City!

Here I am with the beautiful Red Silk Dancers – a Chinese-American Company that performs traditional and contemporary dance.  http://redsilkdancers.weebly.com/

 

 

Pure Onyx Movement  & Dr. Sue - Dance Parade

Pure Onyx Movement Dr. Sue

Brooklyn is in the house – with Pure Onyx Movement – an American company that celebrates its African/International roots, Belly Dancing, and Inter-Generational Sisterhood!

Director Jeannie Mitchell says, “We breathe together.”

Here I am with Pure Onyx Movement!

Web: http://pureonyxmovement.webs.com/

 

 

 

Navatman Dancers with Dr. Sue - Dance Parade

Navatman Dancers & Dr. Sue

Is Bollywood calling? Navatman is a South Asian Dance and Music Company.  The troupe and school is based in New York and trains dancers in traditional Indian performance styles.

Here I am with the Navatman dancers. There are two lovely ladies and two utterly charming children.

Web: www.navatman.org

 

 

 

 

Dancing Wheels & Dr. Sue

Dancing Wheels & Dr. Sue

 

 

Diversity means more than multi-culturalism. It extends to the differently abled – like members of The Dancing Wheels Company and School.

Director Mary Verdi-Fletcher, may be in a wheelchair, but her passion for dance, vision of possibilities, and sheer capability have created a company and school where thousands of children and adults with and without disabilities study and perform together.

Web: www.dancingwheels.org

 

Dancing Wheels -   Mary Verdi-Fletcher

Dancing Wheels

 

“Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for?”

– Robert Browning

 

 

 

(Photos by Jay Berman)

Hope you enjoy hearing me sing my original song:

“You Can Be a Hero” copyright 2015 Susan Horowitz

Creative Living by Dr. Sue: Support the Arts!

Without the arts, many children have no chance for a better, more fulfilling life! Without the arts, there is no real beauty, joy,  or civilization!

Dr. Sue’s mission is to create and perform empowering entertainment!

 

Sue MimosaBlog by Susan “Dr. Sue” Horowitz,Ph.D.  www.drsue.com 

CD “Keys of Love”  www.cdbaby.com/drsue

Book: “Queens of Comedy” (interviews with Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, Joan Rivers, Phyllis Diller, etc.) http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/219367

 

Entertainment/Video: “A Jewish Girl Named Tex”

A Jewish Girl Named Tex - Photo by Russ Weatherford

A Jewish Girl Named Tex – Photo by Russ Weatherford

A song publisher once advised me to write story songs. He said that some of our favorite songs tell stories.  Audiences enjoy them,  and they’re hard to get!

I love stories, comedy, and writing challenges! I also  believe that if you can do something a bit unusual, you have a real advantage, so I was excited about taking a class in comedy songwriting at my favorite songwriting/performance camps (www.Summersongs.com ),  and Posi Music Festival at Empowerma.com in Orlando, Florida).

I wound up writing and performing my song “A Jewish Girl Named Tex” in many venues, including Summersongs concerts and New York City cabarets.    Please enjoy the video, and read on for a few thoughts about writing story songs and comedy.

Video: “A Jewish Girl Named Tex”

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Sue Tex (2)1. What makes a great story?  One of the most important elements is a central character with a strong “want”.  Also, when a sympathetic character is unfairly mistreated and/or headed for trouble, we worry and want to know what comes next.   In “A  Jewish Girl Named Tex” the main character is abandoned by her parents, confused about her identity, and looking for love.  Sympathetic? You bet!)  The other important character – the impulsive mother – gets used and dumped by a no-goodnik, but she’s still “hopin’ for romance.”   What happens? The song takes you on a journey that answers these questions.

2. What makes something funny? Question #1 doesn’t sound funny – but it is, because comedy is rooted in pain – as long as it’s framed as comedy pain and uses comic writing/performing techniques. How do you do that?

To answer that question (plus questions about comic combos like Brooklyn girls and cowboys, song structure, rhyme, punch lines, audience participation, etc) , we need more than a short blog.   I invite all writers/performers (amateur and expert) to contact me for workshops in New York City, Online via Email, and at Summersongs.com and Posi Music Festival.

RickBassSueI also invite you to hear me sing  romantic songs & parodies in New York City and songwriting camps like Summersongs!  

Creative Living:

Do What You Love – and Be Part of a Community: I love writing and performing songs.  What do you love? Can you find a way to connect (via camps, conferences, meet-up groups, clubs, professional associations, etc.) that supports who you are. Chances are you’ll find more than feedback on your skills – you’ll find friends and community.

(Editor/Photographer: Jay Berman, Videography: Jim Vern)

Sue MimosaBlog by Susan “Dr. Sue” Horowitz,Ph.D.  www.drsue.com 

CD “Keys of Love”  www.cdbaby.com/drsue

Book: “Queens of Comedy” (interviews with Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, Joan Rivers, Phyllis Diller, etc.) http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/219367

 

Danny Aiello & Dr. Sue

Danny Aiello & Dr. Sue

Danny Aiello & Dr. Sue

Where to go for swingin’ singin’ holiday? Try Danny Aiello’s new album My Christmas Song for You,which he debuted at our last meeting of the New York Sheet Music Society (NYSMS).  Linda Amiel Burns, President of NYSMS and Director of  The Singing Experience, interviewed Mr. Aiello.

But who can resist calling him “Danny”?  He’s a down-to-earth guy from the old Italian neighborhood – a real paisan (Italian for friend, homie, amigo, landsman etc.)  He’s also an Academy Award nominated actor and singer with performances in over 80 hit films.

Not that anyone expected Danny to have stars in his eyes – or if he did, it was because he was an amateur boxer.  “I had a good left hook” Danny grins, “And. like most Italians,  I was a physical guy – so I got a job as a bouncer.”   Danny secretly wanted to be a singer “but in my neighborhood, that meant you were a sissy – not that there’s anything wrong with that.”   He did get an audition for the Arthur Godfrey Show, but he panicked and excused himself to go to the bathroom. “I never came back.”

By the time he was in his 30’s he was married to Sandy “a gorgeous Jewish girl”  and had three kids. Times were rough, and Danny used to lie awake at night imagining becoming homeless. He even slid into temptation and robbed a few safes that were stored in warehouses. “I’m ashamed to admit it, and robbery is always wrong.  Besides, the most I ever got was $27… and I  could have gone to jail!”

Fortunately, petty crime did not pay, and Danny did get a paying job at the old Greyhound station announcing the bus route – with flair.  Producer Dore Schary heard him and offered him a job on a touring show. “But it was forty bucks a week and on the road. I had a family to support – so I passed.”

Danny finally did get his break on stage in That Championship Season.  “I didn’t really know how to act, so I just put out a lot of energy – and the critics loved it!”  Other offers followed  on stage and screen, and Danny found himself hanging out with movie stars like Vincent Gardenia. When Danny told Gardenia that he wasn’t sure how to say his lines, Gardenia (familiar with unemployment statistics among actors), counseled:  “Don’t worry about it – you’ll never work again.”

Danny gained renown as the pizzeria owner  who stays in a tough, black neighborhood in Spike Lee’s film Do the Right Thing. “When Spike sent me the script, I turned the part down. He had me twirling pizza. I asked him, “How would you like it if I had you twirling watermelons?  But Spike sweethearted me – he took me to Knicks games – and I finally agreed.  I hated my line  ‘these people grew up on my food’ but Spike insisted that we keep it – and that was the line the critics raved about!”

Danny also scored as Nicholas Cage’s weak-willed brother who is derailed from his engagement to Cher in Moonstruck. Nick gets the girl, and Danny goes back to his hypochrodriac mother.  “I played such a wimp.  After that, women would come up to me and offer me cokes – but that was all they offered me.  I mean, I wouldn’t have done anything about it because my wife would kill me, but still…”

Danny must have been quite the actor, because in person – and especially when he sings – the wimp is nowhere in evidence. The New York Times says Danny “has the bounce of his idols Bobby Darin, Frank Sinatra and Louis Prima, and the throaty lyricism of another idol, Tony Bennett.”  Aiello puts a mellow, macho snap  into  “Santa’ Claus is Comin’ to Town” – but the warmth is all Danny.   It’s that warmth that wins over the crowd from big arenas, to intimate bistros, to TV shows like Good Day New York, to to my heart when he complimented me on my red hat and pulled me in for the photo which I snapped from my own cell phone. Made me feel as cheery as Ms. Santa Claus!  

Happiness Habits

  • It’s never too late to do live your dream:  Danny Aiello started acting when he was 35 – with no training. And now, at 70 plus, he’s making movies and performing and recording songs.
  • Build bridges to other generations and cultures: Danny is back in the studio working on his fourth album entitled Bridges, a collaboration of standards with hip hop, due for release in 2011. As the singing host for the JCT Variety Show and singing professor at a community college, I also interact with the “hip hop generation.”  I love the standards, but it’s good to keep your tastes, personality, and opinions open to fresh influences.
  • Be honest, admit your mistakes, and move on:  Being emotionally honest is crucial for actors – and for anyone in a close relationship. We may admire (if we believe) people who say they’ve always done the right thing, but we like and feel more comfortable with people who, like ourselves, have a few flaws.  My blog is called “How to Be Happy If”  Sometimes those “if’s” are on the inside.
  • Blog by Susan “Dr. Sue” Horowitz,Ph.D.  www.drsue.com,CD “Keys of Love”  www.cdbaby.com/drsue
  • Book: “Queens of Comedy” (essays and interviews with legendary comediennes – Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, Joan Rivers, Phyllis Diller.)