Monday, December 27, 2004

Steampipe Alley Revisited

For Christmas, Kimberly gave me a pair of tickets to Mario Cantone's Laugh Whore, a Broadway show I've been wanting to see, but was sure I'd miss before it closes the first week of January...quite a nice surprise.

If you don't know Cantone, he's probably best known for his role as Anthony, the queeny confidant of Carrie Bradshaw on Sex In The City. However, in the greater NYC area he's also known as the host of the supremely weird kids' show, Steampipe Alley which ran for about 3 years on WWOR-TV. The show was full of crazy double-entendre and Cantone was always hyper, urging the kids on in obstacle course competitions, and also featured him as "Sammy Sammy, Jr", who hosted a game for the kids requiring them to bob in a tub for his missing eyeball! Awesome.

Anyway, after a boss pre-show pizza at John's Pizzeria on 44th Street (which is not quite as good as the original John's location on Bleeker Street, but pretty excellent anyway), we hit the show and enjoyed every minute of it. He's a total old-school movie buff, and a lot of his act is him impersonating the Queens of The Golden Age of Film. But even if you have no idea who Barbara Stanwyck or Bette Davis were, the references were still hilarious based on his nuttiness. I think my favorite bit was him reenacting both Ann-Margaret AND Elvis's parts from a dance scene of "Viva Las Vegas". He also does a great wacked Judy Garland and drunken Liza.

The show's only there until January 2nd...I'd go if I were you.

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