As the youngest of six and the daughter of immigrants who met during World War II, Ophira Eisenberg wasn’t a shoe-in to become a comedian. Sure, they joked around at the dinner table, but her parents had a traditional immigrant mentality, she says: They worked hard and expected their kids to get lucrative jobs.
Yet the Canadian comic tried stand-up in her early 20s, just to give it a shot, and was quickly hooked. Today, she’s the host of the NPR quiz show “Ask Me Another” and she has a film deal for her 2013 book “Screw Everyone: Sleeping my Way to Monogamy,” for which the screenplay is still being written. “Hopefully, the next stage is it will be sold to a studio or produced by people with deep pockets,” she says.
“Ask Me Another” will be at Durham’s Carolina Theatre Wednesday, recording a show to air that weekend on NPR affiliates (locally on WUNC at 1 p.m. Sunday). The News & Observer caught up with Eisenberg to talk about her radio show and book.
There are these older women who are like, “you think that’s interesting? I’ll tell you one day about my life.” Then there was the other side where someone was like, “I got married right out of high school, college – whatever – and I really wish I had played the field a little bit more, figured out who I was a little bit more.” If anyone freaked out about it, it’s because they didn’t read it.