Welcome to Comedy Centerfold, where we feature a Dallas Comedy House performer and get to know him or her a little better by using questions that Playboy centerfolds are usually asked. Jonda Robinson knows how to use a comma, and for that I respect her. She's also a reader of books. I'm sure she's a good reader of people, as well, but we've yet to talk about that. She writes, too, and has written for, performed in, and taught several sketch shows at the Dallas Comedy House. She's smart, fancy, and funny. See her perform with Duck Duck Pants on July 8 and August 15.
Hometown? Achille, Oklahoma, population around 500. It’s a place where four-wheelers are street legal and we just got a Dollar General, which is a really big deal. If you’ve ever been to Choctaw Casino, you’ve been not-too-far from Achille.
Guilty Pleasures? Country music. Naps. Ladies’ cut polos. Trader Joe’s dark chocolate peanut butter cups. Coke Zero with vanilla from Sonic.
Ambitions? Generally, I want to be happy and helpful to others. Specifically, I want to write a two-person show with one of my fabulous, creative friends and take it to some festivals, which will open doors and eventually catapult us both into Mindy Kaling-style fame.
Best Concert? Coldplay at Austin City Limits in 2011. We got there early super early, claimed our spot right in front of the stage, and listened to a bunch of other acts until Coldplay came on. When it was over we sat in the grass eating barbecue and listening to Kanye West perform on the other side of the park.
Favorite Book? I’m really bad at picking favorites, so I refuse to do it, but some books that have stuck with me are The Complete Stories by Flannery O’Connor, I Hate to See That Evening Sun Go Down by William Gay, We Were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss. Right now I’m becoming less messy through the power of Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.
Favorite Movie? I rarely rewatch movies and don’t have a favorite, but I have seen How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days way too many times.
Favorite TV Show? My favorite show changes based on whatever I’m currently binge watching, and right now I’m totally immersed in the world of Mad Men. Friends, Parks and Rec, and The Mary Tyler Moore Show are go-to favorites as well.
Pets? I’m a fan of pets but currently do not have any at my apartment. Growing up I always had a few dogs, cats, and the occasional rabbit.
Foods I Crave? Pizza. Cheeseburgers. Chips and queso. Ice cream.
People I Admire? I admire people who have the courage to put away their fears, ignore the naysayers, and go after what they want in life. I also have a great respect who people who are loyal and make sacrifices for others.
Dream Role? My dream role would be playing the lead in a Broadway musical written around the music of Reba McEntire.
Favorite Song to Sing? “Fancy” by Reba McEntire.
Good First Date Idea? Top Golf. You can hit a few, have drinks, and you don’t have to just sit there and stare at the other person while asking typical first date questions like, “What’s your best trait that you hope to pass on to our kids?” (I’ve never actually been on a date to Top Golf, so if you take me the odds are ever in your favor.)