Connecticut Valley Spectator — November 2, 2006
By Aaron Nobel
She’s a sex symbol. Of sorts.
Cindy Pierce doesn’t wear a skimpy maid outfit while scrubbing the 10 guest toilets at Pierce’s Inn. And she doesn’t pout provocatively while fixing lunch for her three young children.
But when Pierce steps on stage, she enters the erogenous zone. Not as an object of lust, but as a catalyst for sexual change. A champion of orgasms. A riotous icebreaker broaching themes of genitalia with the subtlety of a wrecking ball.
And the world is better for it.
Married couples need sex. Women need orgasms. Men want to give women orgasms. Men can’t figure it out without women’s help. Women must understand their bodies and explain what they’ve learned to men.
And if humor can be the catalyst, even better.
It was back in May 2005 that Pierce debuted her fledgling “Finding the Doorbell” comedy routine to Upper Valley audiences at the Lebanon Opera House.
She’ll bring back a streamlined version to LOH this Saturday, Nov. 4, and again Thursday, Nov. 16.
In the intervening months she has performed the show 18 times to various audiences, cracking up all of them and, along the way, changing lives and healing marriages.
“Every time I do the show, I get barraged with e-mails and notes,” she said.
People even approach her when she’s out at the store with her children, “And I have to whisper, ‘Actually, I don’t talk about my clitoris with my kids.’
“… I am not curing a disease, I am not ending war. My mission is to make people laugh and bring a lot of levity to something that is a source of tension for people …
“Healthier sex takes the edge off. Connected couples are better parents. Any underlying tension in a relationship is difficult on a family …
“It’s not that I want to be visiting people’s heads when they’re in bed, but if it brings humor and diffuses the tension, bring it on.”
As her legend as a de facto sex therapist grows, Pierce’s prowess as a standup comic is refined.
With the mentorship of funnyman Rusty “The Logger” Dewees, the guidance of director Kristi Graham of Norwich, and the intense consultation of one-woman-show Mary Kate Burke of New York City, Pierce has kept the gold of her material while honing her language and delivery.
“She stretched me in some ways,” Pierce said of Burke. “She activated the language in the show, helped me be more careful in my movements …”
Meanwhile, in collaboration with friend Edie Thys Morgan, Pierce is penning a sex book that aims to fill a niche unfilled in a world of sex books.
“There are a lot of sex books out there,” Pierce said. “How to spice up your sex life with dildos and stilettos and thongs … We’re like the mundane regular couple with kids and jobs. It’s more a matter of making time for sex … How about just having sex?”
She said the book, assuming it finds a publisher, might be found in the self-help, humor, or sex section at Borders.
“I know so many people in sexless marriages,” Pierce said. “Sex is good for you — mentally, physically and spiritually good for you …
“With humor, with sort of being kinder to yourself, not being critical of your body — it can bring you to a more open, communicative place where you can connect with your partner in a healthy way.”