This weekend at the Premier Centre for the Arts, Middletown comedian Missy Grynkiewicz, 44, will bring the community on a humorous adventure when she tells various stories, including her failed attempt to impersonate a world-renowned rapper.


This weekend at the Premier Centre for the Arts, Middletown comedian Missy Grynkiewicz, 44, will bring the community on a humorous adventure when she tells various stories, including her failed attempt to impersonate a world-renowned rapper.

The “Missy Grynkiewicz Stand-Up Comedy Show” begins at 8 p.m. on Saturday. The show is for mature audiences over 18. 

What to expect?
Grynkiewicz’s stand-up act is a little reminiscent of the material you’d hear on “Seinfeld,” since she discusses random topics about “daily life” that most of us can relate to, but normally wouldn’t reveal to a live audience. An example of this would be her dislike for grocery store membership cards. It’s not that she completely loathes the membership cards, but she finds it a hassle having to make sure she has the right card on her at all times.

“We’re all pretty angry we have to have those individual store memberships,” said Grynkiewicz, who is a language arts teacher for St. Anne’s Episcopal School, as well as a part-time director and instructor at the PCA. 

Audiences can also expect to hear Grynkiewicz poke fun at the relationship parents share with their children, especially with her two kids: Cindy, 1, and Carly, 13.

She pulls no punches mentioning how parents aren’t always fascinated with the various activities that excite their children.

“[Sometimes] we really just want them to be quiet, even though we’re pretending to be interested in what they’re doing,” Grynkiewicz said.

As for her own children, Grynkiewicz said they’re pretty well-behaved. But her mild-mannered kids will turn on her if she continues to impersonate Lil Wayne. Grynkiewicz stumbled upon this truth after her kids had a conversation with her about her poor rap skills.

“I was trying to be Lil Wayne and was singing a song about cleaning your room,” she quipped. “It turned out horribly. [Carly and Cindy said,] ‘You can say whatever you want about us, but don’t try to rap.”’

Gift of gab
It might seem odd that a schoolteacher would perform stand-up, and it is, but making people laugh has always come easy to Grynkiewicz, she said. 

For years, Grynkiewicz would strike up funny conversations with her friends and they’d encourage her to give stand-up a try, saying, “You should really try it,” she said.

So she did.

A few months ago, Grynkiewicz opened for comedian Janice Kalmaski (whose album “I’m Not Playing” was nominated for a Grammy) at the PCA and she rocked it. After the event, audience members congratulated her on bringing up her random, yet relatable topics.

“A lot of people were saying, ‘Oh my gosh, I feel validated,”’ she said. “It was the most well-received thing I’ve ever done.”

While Grynkiewicz enjoys giving strangers belly laughs, she’s not in a rush to quit her day job anytime soon, though she’s trying to “keep an open mind about everything,” she said.