One of my more controversial pieces was inspired strangely enough, by Showgirls. Although alot of my choreo is inspired by Vegas Showgirls, the Showgirls I’m referring to here is that amazingly craptastic 90s movie starring Jesse from Saved by the Bell. I LOVE her character in that movie. So ridiculous!! She is just pissed off at everything! The whole movie is her being pissed off and running away. My favorite scene is when she is angrily eating her fast food. Hilarious!! Got me to thinking about the relationship between the action of being anger and comedy. Basically roots back to the idea of incongruent comedy; the inconsistency with set ideas usually ends up being funny. What could I be angry about that you aren’t normally angry about?
I went with angry Dad because at some other point I was trying to think of different things I could shake other than ma boobs. I remember when I thought I was so clever because I shook a martini in a Burletta. Turns out that one had been done.. alot.. by people way cooler than me. Not so clever. My thought process basically went like this:
“Maracas? Tamborine? Martini? Baby? BABY!! hahah ya.. thats it.. shake a baby..”
I knew that this would be challenging to pull off. I mean how can you win against a baby?? Everyone likes babies... in theory anyway. But I felt that if I made it ridiculous enough with dance movements it would create enough of a comedic reality for people to feel safe laughing. I think that my downfall was my costume. I orginally had wanted it for the character to look like a 50s Dad. The Dad from Leave it to Beaver. But I ended up looking like a Beastie Boys video. I think it might have gone abit better if I had been a redneck Dad. Someone the audience could feel superior to. Unfortunately I think I ended up looking abit like an angry Italian Dad. Annnd they are scary in real life; poor abused Adult children of angry Italian Dads probably did not like this one. I also had creative differences with producers of the show who wanted a happy ending instead of me booting the baby a final time. Fair enough. Like I said, it’s hard to get people to like you instead of the baby. I ended up doing my alternate ending at a different venue. All in all.. I thought it was funny and I learned the importance of character costuming. This number is officially retired but lives on in youtube land. Maybe in the future I will try another number featuring the angry. but no babies. Hope you Enjoy!
note: for alternate ending click here
note part 2: you think its kinda funny.. kinda.
My adventures in Burlesque Choreography!