Rachel Arieff is the girl next door who forgot to take her meds. If you enjoy a Sesame Street sound with Dead Milkmen lyrics, you'll like Rachel's CD. If you're offended by sex, swearing, or snotty social commentary, Rachel's CD will make you upchuck your Slimfast all over your Sassoons.
This CD makes a great gift for people who like simple pop music and sharp satire. It also makes a great gift for people who don't have any sense of humor but you'd like to annoy.
WHO IS RACHEL ARIEFF?
Rachel's parents can take the blame for this mess, since they gave her piano lessons as a child. One day, Rachel decided to combine standup comedy with her songwriting and piano skills to create "extreme cabaret" -- a modern lounge act with an edge.
Rachel's appeared on the NBC standup show "Late Friday" and in the movie "Clockstoppers". But she had the most fun hosting her kooky Hollywood lounge show "Discotown!" in the basement of a Ramada Inn with all her funny and talented friends. Rachel now lives in Spain, enjoying the excellent health care and traveling between Barcelona and Madrid to perform her Spanish-language stand-up comedy show, "Cómo ser feliz todo el tiempo." How crazy is that?
THE STORY BEHIND THE CD:
It all started in Hollywood when Rachel's old New York buddy, ERIC RUDNICK , offered to accompany her on drums when she played her songs at comedy gigs. Then Eric introduced Rachel to guitar genius GARNER KNUTSON of THE PIPER DOWNS. Once Rachel and Eric succeeded in prying the multitudes of screaming, hysterical girls off of Garner, they got together and started playing the songs from Rachel's one-woman show, "How To Be Happy All the Time". Egged on by their fans, they went into "the studio" and recorded the "How to Be Happy All the Time" CD.
Guest musicians are hairless hillbilly manchild MICHAEL TODD on washboard and accordion virtuoso BAD MILK JOE.
"How to Be Happy All the Time" has gained a small worldwide following. As a testament to this CD's underground success, Rachel occasionally gets approached by shifty older men with poor hygeine who want to know if she "likes to party".
The Critics Blather:
"What do you get if you cross a wholesome looking, all-American girl with a perverse, foul-mouthed, surrealist stand up comedian? You get the mutant lovechild of Britney Spears and Richard Pryor on speed that is Rachel Arieff!" -Barcelona Metropolitan, January 2005
"Charming and hilarious, innocent and caustic...Rachel Arieff personifies comedy in its pure state." -Popular1 Magazine, Barcelona, Spain, July 2004
"Slash-and-burn smarts... (Arieff) thinks and writes her sassing." -Laurie Stone, The Village Voice, 1999
"The savvy Arieff has touched a chord with her show." -Tom Murrin, Paper Magazine, 1999.