Born in Camden, New Jersey, and raised in Watertown, New York, Norma Jean grew up as a typical small town girl. Her mother actually named her after Marilyn Monroe because she wanted her to be gifted. You can imagine a mother's horror when at age four, Norma Jean had a terrible accident with scissors and suffered near blindness in her left eye.
Just a year later, with the strength of a locomotive, she became interested in dance to overcome her obstacle. Her mother enrolled her in ballet at age five. Little did her mother know, this gift of dance would not only evolve into tap, jazz, creative and ballroom, but would transcend itself into many other art-related interests. During her childhood, Norma Jean played the piano, the flute, and the clarinet. She was in her high school band as color guard and majorette. She also won many USFSA (United States Figure Skating Association) badges, learned to roller skate, snow ski, water ski and operate a snowmobile.
After high school graduation, she held down three jobs and began to live on her own. She got back into the performing arts and tried her hand at Community Theater. In two years (and with no formal acting training), she performed in lead roles in four major productions with Little Theater of Watertown.
Later, she attended college and earned an Associates Degree in Administrative Assistance and later a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management. For her amazing efforts in college both academically and culturally, she was awarded both the Wall Street Journal Award for Outstanding Business Student and a spot in the Who's Who.
Today, Norma Jean's future remains very busy and bright. With a successful career in the art of Stand-Up Comedy, she not only performs as herself, but brings her mother to the stage in a character called "Bev," which has left audiences howling with rave reviews.
Through her stand-up material, she intends to deliver big messages on ridding stereotypes of alternative lifestyles, acceptance, honesty, motivation, love and ridiculous behaviors in relationships and society in general. The material is raw, funny, thought-provoking and definitely hits home!
Besides her personal ventures, Norma Jean participates in many creative projects. She works in movies and television; she also Emcee's Private and Corporate Events including Birthday Parties and Charity Events.
Well, until now, the only things worth mentioning from Watertown were the original Five and Dime, Car Freshener Trees, Richard Grieco, Mary Margaret Humes and Supermodel Maggie Rizer. Now Watertown can add someone else to its list.
A true class act with an "edge," Norma Jean is definitely Hollywood's "Funny Red Head."
"An absolute joy to work with!" ~Emo Philips, Comedian
"I have worked with Norma Jean in Hollywood. She is a fabulous comic as well as a terriffic actress. She is someone who is going to be a Big Star in the future." ~Mike Muratore, Comedian
"As a comic, Norma Jean puts on a first-rate show with her top-notch character work and comedic timing. As a person, I completely trust her. Her success as a comedienne and producer is no surprise to me. People are drawn to her energy. She is an honest, organized professional - she simply rocks." ~Laura Park, Comedienne
“Norma Jean Is full of energy and spunk. She is well-organized and is focused as she works hard to manage her career and help others along the way. She knows how to get things done and make things happen. She deserves all the best, because she works to make events the BEST!” ~Angella Sweatt, Comedienne
"Norma Jean is too young to be my mother, but she played her in my video. She is a pleasure to work with and makes a mean prop matzah-ball soup!" ~Eric Schwartz, Comedian
"Norma Jean is not just a performer. She's a movement; a force to be reckoned with!" ~Sal Rodriguez, Comedian
"Norma Jean, is without a doubt, one of the hardest working comics in the Orange County area." ~Nick Spears, Comedian
"Norma Jean is one of the hardest working, most down to earth people in the biz." ~Melia Mills, Comedian
“Norma Jean is very talented and very funny. She works hard, so it's no surprise to anyone.” ~Cisco, Comedian
“Norma Jean is the essence of integrity, honest, dedicated, and real. Our relatiship is beyond 10 years strong and every day has been a joy, a blessing, a relief. She wears her heart and determination on her sleeve along with her creative spirit. Norma is the one to have on your team, within your circle and my life has greatly improved with her in it!” ~Quar Brown, Filmmaker
Norma Jean as Mrs. Bradman in Blithe Spirit
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Dan Henry and Norma Jean play the writer's guests, a doctor and his wife, the latter injecting hilar...Dan Henry and Norma Jean play the writer's guests, a doctor and his wife, the latter injecting hilarious traits (such as a raucous horse laugh) into her straightly written character.
Norma Jean Stars as Elizabeth Donderstock in Sedaris's "The Book of Liz"
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In the play's central role of Sister Liz, Norma Jean beautifully elicits memories of rubber-faced TV...In the play's central role of Sister Liz, Norma Jean beautifully elicits memories of rubber-faced TV comediennes past, from Imogene Coca to Carol Burnett. Her performance is alternately heartwarming and knee-slapping in a richly full-blooded interpretation.
Norma Jean Dubbed "The Showstopper" in Lend Me a Tenor
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The showstopper, however, is Norma Jean Riddick as Tito’s hot-blooded Italian wife, who consistently...The showstopper, however, is Norma Jean Riddick as Tito’s hot-blooded Italian wife, who consistently addresses him at the top of her voice.
Norma Jean in Auntie Mame
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"Auntie Mame" and its musical cousin contain a relatively small character role that, in the right ha..."Auntie Mame" and its musical cousin contain a relatively small character role that, in the right hands, can steal the show — the nerdy transcriber Agnes Gooch, and Norma Jean Riddick is an absolute howl as she undergoes a "My Fair Lady" transformation in five minutes and a more defining lifestyle alteration during the next nine months.
Variations, Can Combine Characters for any set:
Up to 30 Mins of Comedy as Myself
Up to 30 Mins of Comedy as Character Bev
Up to 30 Mins of Comedy as Character Lynda Kay