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Does This Show Make Me Look Fat?


Winner of Best Comedy at the United Solo Theatre Festival Fall 2023


People always laugh when they hear the title, Does This Show Make Me Look Fat? But the show isn’t just funny.


It’s about my struggle with anorexia, from about the age of 18, why it began, and why it persisted. I wanted to do this show because it’s been a part of my life for so long, and I knew that it would help people who are also struggling – and not just struggling with anorexia, but also with the need to control the uncontrollable in their lives. People who struggle with impossible quest for perfectionism and other addictions, as well.  


I wanted to meet the challenge of doing a show about a serious subject and make it entertaining. And because it’s entertaining, I think that people can absorb more easily what I went through, what I go through, and how so many people are going through similar experiences. One of the most gratifying things about this show, for me, was how many people in the audience related to it, even if they did not have the same, exact journey as I did.


You’ll get a chance to see my family, you’ll see me as a little kid, my early childhood rituals, my parents’ constant arguing, and, in a more global sense, you’ll see how our society gave rise to this epidemic in the late ‘70’s and early ‘80’s.


The show runs the gamut of emotions. It’s alternately hilarious and shocking, as is life. It’s a fair appraisal of what it was like to grow up the youngest child in a middle-class family who simply felt that she was not good enough and decided that being the skinniest person in the world would make her worthy of love. 


Here’s a quote from Carol Leifer, comedian/author and writer on “Seinfeld,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” and “Hacks”:


“My pal, Cathy Ladman, has done it! She’s taken a very personal, very emotional, very important subject and made it FUNNY! Go see her one-woman show. I guarantee you will be moved, but more importantly, you will LAUGH!”



An undiscovered gem! She started in the era when to make it you had to be clean and funny. Cathy does both exceptionally well!

                ~Jay Leno, The Tonight Show

Wonderful... It is funny, tragic, horrifying, and holy. Holy because this heroine’s journey is real. 

~ Stephen Tobolowsky, Actor

Grab your vaxx card & [go] see this hilarious, touching, brave & hugely entertaining show. It made me hungry for more!

~ Rose Abdoo, Actor (Hacks)

Upcoming DATES


September 14

The Whitefire Theatre

Sherman Oaks CA

September 29

United Solo Festival

New York, NY

Sold Out!

September 30

United Solo Festival

New York, NY

Sold Out!

October 1

United Solo Festival

New York, NY

Sold Out!

February 24, 2024

The Whitefire Theatre

Sherman Oaks, CA

Creative team

Cathy Ladman

(co-writer, actor) Cathy has been a stand-up comic, actor and writer for more than 40 years; TV: Modern Family, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Mad Men, How to Get Away With Murder, Scandal, NCIS: LA, etc. Film: Charlie Wilson’s War, White Oleander, Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead, etc. Stand-Up TV: HBO One Night Stand, The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson & Jay Leno, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, etc. Cathy would like to thank her friends and family for the unending support they’ve given her. And thank you, Coyle, for getting me here.


Cathy is repped by Circle Talent (Jennifer Garland) and Cyberlaff, Inc. (Glenn Schwartz.)

 Laura Philbin Coyle

(co-writer, director) Laura spent years in London, New York, and LA, both training and finding steady work off-Broadway, in local and regional theatre, commercials and voice-over. She is a Billboard Award-winning Singer/Songwriter, having shared the stage with artists like Lisa Loeb, Jonatha Brooke, Melissa Ferrick, and Martin Sexton.

But more importantly she received, “The Encore! - Producers’ Award” at the

Hollywood Fringe Festival for her one-person show, “A Piece of Work,” which Cathy saw and is part of the reason we are here today! This is Laura’s directorial debut. Thanks to my wife, Zoë, and Ladman for entrusting me with her story.


Laura is represented by A3 Artists Agency (formerly Abrams) and Volition Entertainment.

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