I first met Alisa Rosenthal at C2E2 2019. Alisa, as Harry Scaray, was acting as emcee for the Chicago League of Lady Arm Wrestlers (CLLAW). I wrote about Alisa and CLLAW at On the Beat With Chicago League of Lady Arm Wrestlers on the Patch.
CLLAW is part wrestling, part theater and all fun. As host, Alisa (Harry) ties it all together and adds a lot of humor.
I enjoyed CLLAW so much, but scheduling prevented me from seeing their full shows at the Logan Auditorium. When I saw CLLAW would be back at C2E2 earlier this year, I made sure to catch the show and it was even more entertaining.
Interviewing Alisa has been on my list for a while. I would have preferred to do the interview in person, but at least I took the opportunity during the quarantine to get Alisa to jump on Skype for an introductory interview.
Alisa is such a multi-talented and busy person, the interview ran longer than I asked and I still didn't get to all the things I wanted to ask her. Her sock puppeteering alone could be a separate interview, as could her "Songs to Caftan In," her music lessons, her children's music, her work with CLLAW and so much more. You get the point.
I really enjoyed talking to Alisa. She is such a fun and positive person and I think that comes through very clearly in the interview below.
Fortunately, at the end of the interview, she did commit to an in-person interview in the future. (I think the video represents a binding contract. LOL).
Seriously, Alisa is awesome and I thank her for her time and consideration. I look forward to revisiting Alisa in the future when things return to normal.
Until then, check out Alisa on social media at @PluckyRosenthal on Instagram, at @AlisaRosenthal on Instagram and at @MusicWithAlisa on Facebook. Also, this Sunday, April 19, at 3 p.m. CST, Alisa will be performing "Songs to Caftan In: Sheltering In Caftan Edition" on her Plucky Rosenthal Instagram page. This promises to be a blast!