04 February 2009

Mssrs. Snapper & Buddy

During the run of Pin-Up Girls, on Saturday nights we ran a burlesque show after the play. The girls of The High Jinks Burlesque performed the numbers onstage that they were "performing" off-stage during the play. A good time was had by all.

I hosted these shindigs, and pressed my good friend Phil Kelly into service as my foil and to pick-up the girls' clothes after they stripped out of them. This quickly evolved, and the comedy duo of Mr. Snapper (that's me) and Mr. Buddy (that's Phil) was born!

(That's "song and dance, comedy and variety acts" in my horrid French.)

Lili Von Schtupp, co-producer of the Monday Night Tease; co-host of the Burlesque Podcast; and the brains, brawn and good-looks behind Burlesque 411 asked Mr. Buddy and me if we would host one of her shows. We said "yes," because you don't tell Lili Von Schtupp "no." It looked something like this:

(Forgive me for not going into a specific description of our act. We're still new at this, and our well of material is not very deep. Don't worry: Once we've come up with a long laundry list of songs and bits, I'll be posting video, audio, etc. I believe that there comes a time when you want to give away free samples of milk, so they know the cow is worth buying. That time comes when you have enough milk on your hands, you ... I'm just going to stop at "enough milk on your hands.")

Chris Beyond, the other host of the Burlesque Podcast, co-producer of the Monday Night Tease, and powerhouse photographer invited Mr. Buddy and Me to open the first night of Burlesqueland, the Disney-themed, three day burlesque extravaganza. That looked something like this:

On the third day of Burlesquland, we went to Disneyland, where Mr. Buddy embarrased both of us:

First, I'm already married. Second, the passage of Proposition 8 would prevent us from getting married anyway. Third, I'm just not that into you, Mr. Buddy.

Good news for you! If you missed The High Jinks Burlesque last year, you can see it in all of its enhanced glory next Monday night! (I say "enhanced" because we're adding two wonderful dancers to our line-up, and one of the gals is doing a second number!)

Ukuleles will be strummed! Prat-falls will be executed! Clothes will come off!