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Thursday, 01 March 2012 16:18


By Terry Liebowitz


Everyone loves a hometown success story. Castro Valley Arts Foundation brings another one of our local kids, Jill Bourque (nee Paiz, CVHS ’84), back to the Castro Valley Center for the Arts on Saturday night, March 10, with her comedy/documentary/improv show, “How We First Met.”

This fun-filled entertainment has been produced around the world, and last month celebrated its twelfth Valentine’s season in San Francisco!


Jill didn’t start out to be a comedian. At CVHS, she played the flute in the orchestra, jazz band and the marching band under the direction of Jack Luedders. She went off to Cal Poly to study finance, real estate, law and financial services. Jill never took a theater class.


After  graduating, she opened her own public relations agency and decided to take an improv class at ACT to improve her communication skills ... and the rest, as they say, is history!


Improv began to take more and more of her time. She joined BATS Improv in San Francisco, loving the collaboration of the performers on stage.


Jill describes improv as “...the magic of creating theater out of thin air.  Your imagination explodes.”  It happened that Jill was in Midtown Manhattan on 9-11. Like so many, she felt desperate to restore some positive energy to the world and How We First Met became her brainchild to do just that.


On Valentine’s 2002, “How We First Met” opened in 12 locations including, NYC, SF, Tokyo, Toronto and Melborne. New Yorkers embraced this celebration of love with an extended run, many saying it was the first time they had been able to laugh since 9-11.


Since then, Jill closed her finance PR firm, married Layne Bourque and had two children, Dallas, 9, and Baxter, 6. She continues to promote “How We First Met” and has branched out to include stand-up comedy.


She started doing stand-up when her firstborn was just three months old as a way to get out of the house. “ If you want some alone time, just go on-stage and do a joke that doesn’t work. You will feel very alone,” she laughs.


Jill performs and produces regular gigs at the Purple Onion in San Francisco. In fact, she has appeared more times at this well known club than any woman but Phyllis Diller.  She and her family live in San Francisco, but rumor has it that they are looking to buy a house in Castro Valley!


See the A & E Calendar for ticket information.



Terry Liebowitz is a founding member of the Castro Valley Arts Foundation.



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