Rhonda Shear is an Icon of the 90s and a Goddess of Horror and all things B-Movies. She personally introduced me to my first Troma film and served as a staple of entertainment that shaped many of the likeminded youth that grew into the depraved adults we are today. Her contributions to Women in Horror are countless, showcasing many of the cult classics that mainstream media brushed aside and ignored. Rhonda did more than 375 episodes of Up All Night, yet USA Network does not have a copy of one of them. A lot has changed on the television landscape since USA cancelled UP ALL NIGHT, and I had the unique honor of catching up with Rhonda to share how time has passed.
You’re a respected comedienne and variety host. Do you miss doing stand-up and performing on a stage?
Good you butter me up first…then you ask the question 🙂 Well, I don’t really miss it because I have been hard at work at yet another career…designing and manufacturing intimate apparel. Also, I still dabble in stand-up…have done appearances with my “Up All Night Panty Party” Show…me and several other headlining female comics, on stage in the jammies…like an adult slumber party. Would perform with it more often, if I could squeeze more time in. But have not let the stand up comedy go. Also, get to blabber on air, live 10 hours a month on HSN (Home Shopping Network) with my Rhonda Shear Brand. Also, in Canada at TSC (The Shopping Channel)..so, I have my fill of camera and hair and make up calls!
And last but not least, I own a retail boutique. Maison Rouge. www.maisonrouge.com
We do tons of style shows, and events that I host..so my big mouth is always on stage somewhere!
As a woman who has had such a large impact on the Horror community and Hollywood, what roles do you hope to see women branch out to within the genre and the industry? Any advice you’d give other aspiring females?
Follow your dreams, and go for it! Don’t have regrets. It seems that more and more production is happening everywhere and not just in Los Angeles. I think that is fantastic! I worked with some young producers and directors a few years ago in Dallas in a film called…Prison A Go Go..It was a great working experience, and they worked with 35mm film shorts and got it done! And I won best B Film Movie Star for my role. My advice is to work, work, work…and only other cautious advice is to check out who you are working for…Make sure they are legit! Take a friend to the audition, if you don’t know the people. Always be careful! But take every part you can. I would work right now in a horror film…I would love it…I notice there is beginning to be a throw back to the genre of spoof films that I hosted. Nostalgia never goes out of style.
What do you think of the current state of movies and the horror genre? Are you a fan of 3-D and remakes?
I am so happy to see the industry branching out of Hollywood. Video, High Def, Three D…very cool, and very exciting. Just would not want to see my current bra size in 3D…it would be a Triple D Horror film! 🙂
How could one entice you to make a convention appearance? Is this something you’ve considered?
SOMEBODY PLEASE ASK!!! Would love to go! Especially since my brand is retail, it would give me a great excuse to visit my customers in their towns, and perhaps book a comedy show, too. The last one I worked was Spookyworld..Geezz, I am here…Make me a star!!!!!! I can play the sexiest, mom, cougar, grandma on the planet!!!
Would love to…Have hinted to USA network in the recent past and I have a yahoo group of Rhonda Shear devotees 20,000 strong. They have a petition to bring back USA: Up All Night. At the very least, a special would be fun and perhaps Gilbert and I could do a reality show about casting our replacements…spread the word..maybe we can do it like Betty White did it on Facebook and Twitter…why not? She got on Saturday Night Live, we can bring back UP ALL NIGHT!!!!
And finally, growing up I always said I would ask if I ever had the opportunity and I thought the moment had slipped by me until now. Rhonda Shear, will you go to Prom with me?
All you have to do is ask…I’m there, but you have to open my car door for me.
Visit Rhonda Shear’s Official Website where you can find news updates and score an autograph and other memorabilia. You can find out more details about this amazing entrepreneur at Shear Enterprises. Be sure to visit Maison Rouge for that special someone.