Charlene Unger and Her Big Christmas Poinsettias

Dec 11, 2022 · 1985 views

Peter Mohawk as his most famous creation, Charlene Unger. Photos courtesy of Peter Mohawk.

Nothing says Christmas like quite Charlene Unger, a demented housewife from Berwyn, Illinois whose bubbly enthusiasm for singing in her nightgowns is paired beautifully with her obsession for growing poinsettias.

Created by comedian Peter Mohawk in the 80s, Charlene was a huge fixture in Chicago’s entertainment scene, appearing on Oprah with Cyndi Lauper, in a Cooking Drag Queen TV show pilot with William Shatner and even featured on the cover of *NSYNC’s final album “Celebrity.”

Today Peter Mohawk looks back on his career as Charlene Unger as we talk about Chicago’s nightclub and comedy scene in the 90s, sharing a dressing room with Patrick Swayze, and her obsession with poinsettias as a kooky old lady from Berwyn, Illinois.

Episode #3060

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