Haute Flash Contessa is the lady next door
Local author and humorist Danielle Schaaf worked in public relations for more than 25 years before pursuing a career as an entertainer. Ten years Local author and humorist Danielle Schaaf worked in public relations for more than 25 years before pursuing a career as an entertainer. ago, she put her career in public relations aside to co-author the book, “Don’t Chew Jesus: A Collection of Memorable Nun Stories,” with Michael Prendergast.
Around the same time, she began developing a comedic character, the Haute Flash Contessa, a relatable middle-aged mom, housewife, working woman, entrepreneur and community volunteer who would rather kick back with a big glass of wine than do the laundry. Schaaf and the Contessa have a lot in common: Both are married to their longtime loves and have twin sons and a daughter.
“It’s a riff on everyday stuff that women deal with, but it’s done in kind of a snarky, sarcastic, comedic vein,” Schaaf said.
“Women and men really relate to the stuff that the contessa gets herself into.”
Schaaf now writes a weekly syndicated column as the Haute Flash Contessa for a local newspaper. She’s also taken the contessa on the road with her comedy act, “Contessa Uncorked.” Schaaf has performed her act for various business networking and social groups, and at the Humble ISD Volunteers in Public Schools fall event and the Veranda Restaurant in Kingwood.
“I realized I had a knack for that kind of entertainment, not just writing, but actually getting up there and being a storyteller,” Schaaf said.
“That’s kind of how my comedy shows have evolved.”
When she’s not telling the stories of the Haute Flash Contessa in print and at events, Schaaf enjoys working out and attending St. Martha Catholic Church in Kingwood. She describes herself as “an eclectic reader” who reads a wide variety of genres.
You can also connect with the Haute Flash Contessa on Facebook and Twitter.
To learn more about Schaaf’s book, “Don’t Chew Jesus: A Collection of Memorable Nun Stories,” visit www.nunstories.com.
ABOUT DANIELLE SCHAAF
BIRTHDAY: Jan. 18
OCCUPATION: Author and event humorist
COMMUNITY CONNECTION: Kingwood resident
FAST FACT: Schaaf is currently working on a new, nonfiction humor book titled “Fold Your
Own Damn Laundry: Adventures in Winning and Whining.”Local author and humorist Danielle Schaaf worked in public relations for more than 25 years before pursuing a career as an entertainer.
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