SportsHollywood: Favorite Sports Movie, and what do you think the moral was?
ASHTON: "Remember the Titans." Look both ways before you cross the street, dumbass.
SportsHollywood: Favorite sports team:
ASHTON: Washington Redskins. Too bad they play so bad.
SportsHollywood: Do you celebrate Super Bowl Sunday?
ASHTON: Absolutely... I heard its the #1 day of domestic violence, so guys if you want to commit suicide drink my last beer and change that channel.
SportsHollywood: How did you get started in the business?
ASHTON: I was a print model with Wilhamina West. Besides doing print work they sent me out for a little movie Warren Beatty was doing "Dick Tracy", and I got it!
SportsHollywood: How would you describe Warren Beatty?
ASHTON: He's a genius, and kind.
SportsHollywood: So you were a model. How tall are you?
ASHTON: Too tall for you. Can we move on?
SportsHollywood: What was your most memorable stand-up job?
ASHTON: I was the host for the Women Lawyers Association, where they initiated a woman judge. That's when they featured me on the cover of the Sunday LA Times, and things snowballed from there. I did colleges and traveled all over the world.
SportsHollywood: Would you call yourself a feminist?
ASHTON: I call myself a people-ist.
SportsHollywood: Why writing?
ASHTON: God puts these things in my head and wants me to put them on paper. Performing is my first love, but the combination of being a writer has gotten me through doors just stand-up and acting couldn't. And its a way to make money and stay in town.
SportsHollywood: How would you compare The Comedy Store to other clubs?
ASHTON: The Comedy Store's a club that is about the stand-up's development (whether you're a new one or a huge star.) Where if you are lucky enough to have Mitzi pass you, you can get up several nights a week. It's probably some of the toughest and best training a stand-up can have -- both professionally and personally.
They now have new "headliner" shows. A lot of big names are coming back, and work out. Lately it's been really magical.
Interview by Jeff Hause
Film: Lady Dressed in Black, Dick Tracy, Night Train to Terror, Bachelor Party.
Television: Judgement Day, Not Enough Time, That's Show Biz, Amy Inc., Brighter Side, Galactic Trader, "A" TV, 1st and 10, Can't Get Arrested, Positively Maybe.
Stand-Up Comedy: Weekly Regular at the Comedy Store, the Improv (on August 13), the Ice House, and with the Groundlings