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Monday, April 27, 2009
Kick the tires and light the fires
The van is picked up, the cast is ready to go, the bags are (almost) packed, and we're ready to hit the road for the Monsters of Burlesque tour! The goal was to blog more of the process of kicking off our first multi-city, multi-show tour...but, yeah, it has been busy. Like, busy-busy. I'd like to say that I'll liveblog from the road...yeah, that's not gonna happen. But it is going to be awesome. Full report on return.
Lake Clothes-Be-Gone was a truly fantastic night: there was Schlitz, and funnel cake, and Mary Tyler Moore, and snow, and the marching band, and angsty teenagers and repressed homosexuality expressed through sports, and passive agressiveness and then everybody made out with everybody...really captured the Midwestern essence! I love what I do.
A night that’s hotter than the OSU-Michigan football rivalry, flashier then a Lake Erie trout and...whiter than a frontyard picket fence.
Or, wait, sexier than a Lutheran making love to an Episcopalian? No, seriously, it’s going to be super hot!
In our great tradition of being incredibly timely with our shows and other happenings, our presentation of Lake Clothes-Be-Gone, that heart-warming bump ‘n’ grind tribute to America’s Heartland from a cast of transplanted Midwesterners, hits the stage of the Slipper Room this Thursday, just two days before A Prairie Home Companion is live at Town Hall! Can't think of a more appropriate mood-setter pre-Garrison Keillor then cornfed stars of the burlesque stage who can never forget their roots in Flyover Country, but couldn’t wait to get to New York and start taking their clothes off!
Also, I hear Iowa's been in the news lately....and isn't Minnesota's Senatorial race still going on? Anyway, you or the Midwesterner you love cannot miss this show.
A couple of days ago, working on hours of volunteer data entry for the upcoming Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend, we had AMC on in the background, and It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World came on...certainly a 60s touchstone, and I confess I'd never seen it, and it quickly became obvious I wasn't missing anything, because the movie is really, really, really, really awful. But it did spark the "Is Jonathan Winters still alive?" conversation, and Jen said that absolutely he is, and reminded me of this:
Now, as an aside, this is part of Chelsea Peretti's very, very funny "All My Exes" series that she originally did for SuperDeluxe.com, which now, when you click on it, takes you to the Adult Swim website: they've been bought. So, good for them I'm sure, but it also means that her series has disappeared from the site, hence resorting to youtube. I shake my fist at Big Corporate Comedy Overlords!
Non-profit fundraiser in the arts by day, nightlife impresario and "culture maker" (according to Time Out New York) by night. I produce and host a live monthly game show and pop-culture themed burlesque shows in NYC and around the country. I've curated contemporary art exhibitions, shot some photos, and I'm working on other things too...I don't sleep much.