Jenny McCarthy had the idea for three years: Gather a group of women with personalities like hers and put on a raucous comedy show.
"I was sitting in a comedy club, and one chick made me laugh really hard," McCarthy says. "And, I said, 'Why is it always just one funny woman per show? Why don't I try to pick girls that fall under my brand?'"
To her, the Jenny McCarthy brand is spelled out in the show's title: Dirty Sexy Funny.
"I went club to club, wrote on napkins and found four of the perfect, funniest chicks," she says. "But I wanted to make it so guys and girls both feel good going. We don't mind making fun of the female race. We're not sexists."
McCarthy's role is to emcee and show video vignettes and make a few jokes. "But I'm not a stand-up," she says.
McCarthy, who recently became engaged to Donnie Wahlberg, first became famous in 1993 when she posed for Playboy after Hugh Hefner searched through a reported 10,000 applicants for a "wholesome Catholic girl." Her outgoing personality quickly landed her a spot on MTV's "Singled Out," where she learned to improvise quickly. A short-lived NBC sitcom and some movies followed.
"Back in the day, they'd give you a microphone, push you in the back and didn't tell you anything," says McCarthy, 41.
Eventually she gained more attention, mostly for being herself, and not taking herself too seriously. She landed a permanent spot on ABC's "The View" in September 2013, although ABC announced last month she wouldn't be returning.
"I couldn't be more grateful," she says. "I got to work with Barbara Walters, and I stole everything from that woman I possibly could, even her nylons on the way out. It was time for me to go in a different direction than they are going."
She drew rebukes from medical experts for her views on vaccines and autism, published in her book "Louder than Words: A Mother's Journey in Healing Autism" in 2007.
Her publicist this week said vaccination questions were off-limits, and McCarthy's most recent quote on the topic was to "TV Guide" last October: "I will clarify my stance, which is still the same: That parents are in charge. Space it out, slow it down and do your homework. But I am not at all against vaccines."
Jenny McCarthy headlines Dirty Sexy Funny, with Lynne Koplitz, Justine Marino, Tammy Pescatelli and Paula Bel at 8 p.m. Saturday at Magic City Casino, 450 NW 37th Ave., Miami. Tickets are $40 and the age minimum is 21. Go to MagicCityCasino.com or call 305-460-6579.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun