Arlene Schindler often says, “I come from a long line of miserable people.” This is her shorthand for growing up in what she calls “an iconoclastic, dramatic Brooklyn Jewish family.” She writes and speaks frequently about issues of Jewish identity, East coast angst and feelings of invisibility at mid-life.
Using humor and affection, she’s tackled topics like dating, marriage to a sex addict, divorce (not a surprise), as well as diet, weight and emotional eating. She’s an author and speaker sharing humorous tales of women’s secrets and desires. Arlene originated the comedy column for The New York Post, writing reviews and profiles of comedians appearing in New York City. It was the first of its kind in the country, helping spur comedy’s greatest growth period. Her writing has appeared in The Los Angeles Times, Daily Variety, Purple Clover, Huffington Post and many other publications.
Arlene’s newly published funny memoir, Stand Up & Heartbreak: A Comic and a Sex Addict Walk Into a Marriage (HumorOutcasts Press), “features love, lies, jokes and pizza…something from all the vital food groups.” She is also a contributor to the anthology Women Under Scrutiny and has written a novel, The Last Place She’d Look. She also contributed to Moms are Nuts: Just Don’t Tell Them We Said So, described as a collection of stories about mothers, grandmothers, mother-in-laws and mother figures who have crossed the paths of some of the wittiest writers and comedians.