Last night I was a guest performer in Old School Game Show. What is Old School Game Show? It's awesome. Created by the wild mind of Michael D'Angelo, it's like The Price is Right got drunk and started dancing on a table at a house party in the 70's.
As the audience enters the theater they can submit their name to possibly become a contestant to "come on down" and be on the show. Mike, not only the creator but the host, is a force of energy and his character, a "sleazy 70's talk show host", is totally endearing (I swear!) I went and saw the show a couple months ago because my good friend Gypsy Lux is on the production crew and I LOVED it! I was so excited when Mike asked if I was interested in helping out with the show. When I found out I was going to be playing the part of the "Dream Girl," the love interest of Mike and his Co-hosts, I was like:
...because sometimes I think I'm still an insecure teenager. But then I snapped out of it-I fully embraced my Dream Girl status and became totally insufferable to be around. For example: I wouldn't stop telling my Manfriend (that was his dating profile picture when we first 'met') that I'm The Dream Girl so it's probably his turn to take the dogs out. I’m such a catch!
Since the show is in the style of the 1970's I did some research on 70's makeup and hairstyles. I figured for the part I would be doing more of a "Teen Queen" look than how my parents looked in the 70's, which was like total hippies.
For 70's style inspired hair I split my hair into a center part (even my bangs! I have a forehead everyone- look upon it!) and curled it in sections away from my face, on each side. Then I brushed the curls to form a soft roll on each side. Half my head is shaved, which made it harder to match both sides, but I was happy with the results. This was the first time I'd curled my hair extensions and they held the curl well, but I had trouble getting my real hair to stay. I was getting really yelly about it and my sister was super helpful by attacking me with hairspray.
For makeup I layered blue eye shadows in a smokey eye, then used black eyeliner on my upper and lower lids, and topped it off with big fake eye lashes. I first tried wearing a bright pink lip, but it looked like I had no lips (apparently I'm bright pink?) so I switched to red for the show.
The show was Valentine's themed and full of slow jams. There was a dating game partway through the show where some local artists participated. Honey Pie from The Babes in Boinkland (and lots of other Burlesque troupes/shows) played our bachelorette and Ants Conley from Endation was the bachelor. They chose their mystery date by asking a series of loaded questions. We didn't feel too bad for the losing contestants because everyone got a kiss. In fact, this show was full of make outs! SO. MANY. MAKE OUTS.
For my bit I entered the stage to the sounds of:
Trailing behind me was my nerdy sister, played by comedian (and my new best friend) Kaitlin Buckley. She was carrying a fan to create some sexy (albeit ridiculous) hair blowing. The cool thing was that I got to wear my mom's shirt from the 70's! It's such a great vintage top and I hadn’t really found a time to wear it yet. Last night I paired it with some high-waisted denim and it was perfect! I have bigger boobs than my mom did, but no one seemed to mind me leaving the top button open ;). Oh, and I popped the collar, of course!
For our second sketch I entered on my golden roller skates. It was terrifying and the thing I was the most nervous about. I kept picturing myself attempting to be sexy and then eating shit, which has happened...more than once...just walking.
Luckily it went smoothly and we reenacted the scene from Pretty in Pink only Mike and the Co-hosts chose my nerdy sister over me. Kaitlin was hilarious when she realized what had happened. She shoved the fan into my hands and did her own nerdy version of sexy.
Old School Game Show is a joy to be in as a performer. The show is well organized and cast with all different types of creative people. I got to meet Martha Marin, a lovely lady and the sexiest accordion player I've ever met! I loved her denim jumpsuit so much I told her I wanted to murder her and keep it for myself. She didn't think that was a weird thing to say so I'm pretty sure we are friends now.
It's great to be part of a show in Boston that isn't solely about Burlesque. It brought in a different crowd and I got to see lots of people from different communities. Although, Boston burlesque did represent: some of my favorite Boston Burlesque dancers were in the audience. It's wonderful to be part of such a supportive (and sexy) scene.
Here's to Old School Game show which you can check out the last Sunday of every month at The Davis Square theater in Somerville, MA. And here's to not falling on my sexy-ass during the show, to making new friends, drinking wine during (and after) the show, and to next month's show, which is going to be even better!
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