Me, My Songs & I
“Me, My Songs & I’ is an exploration of the ups and downs and twists and unusual turns in life. After his happy childhood in Hawaii is turned upside down, Malcolm Grissom, with the help of some unusual voices, finds inspiration and identity in his struggle to return to the aloha spirit.
My recovery from a debilitating illness, race and culture stereotypes are major themes.
Venue: The ARTS at Marks Garage
Date: Jan 12 - 14
Genre: Solo, Storytelling
Warnings: Appropriate for children 13 and over
Malcolm Grissom’s life started in the back seat of a sports car, in front of his entire neighborhood. So, it’s no surprise that he has spent most of his life onstage.Malcolm Grissom's modern comedy is smart and poignant. Growing up in Hawaii, Malcolm, being the stepson of a musical genius with a corny sense of humor and the biological son of a wannabe actress, dancer, teacher, politician, rocket scientist, faith healer and psychic, had no choice but to become a professional funnyman.
Malcolm started as an actor in musical theater. Then, after several years as an improv actor, transitioned to stand-up comedy. Now Grissom has found his true identity: Employment counselor by day, accomplished storyteller by night. There’s nothing more important to Malcolm than changing lives.
Fringe 5 Questions
Me, My Songs & I - Malcolm Grissom
Fringe 5 Questions by Carlynn Wolfe
Who inspires you?
I’m inspired by anyone who works hard to get what they want: The single parent trying to feed his/ her children, the unemployed person who spends hours a day looking for work, anyone who spends hours pursuing their dreams.
What do you remember most about Hilo?
The beauty of both the scenery and the people. I mostly remember the big Banyan trees.
Where do you call home?
The Big Island, specifically Honoka’a and Waimea (Kamuela).
When did you first start performing?
I was in my first play at 7. I belonged to The Hilo Community Players, and I starred as Martin in a play called Torko The Terrible. My step-dad wrote the music.
Why not? It allows me to travel, and inspire and touch people all over the country. And soon the world.
Bonus – How does a nice guy like you end up in a place like this?
Match.com wasn’t working for me.