This number came together sooooo easily for me. Sometimes the process of what I’m trying to do will take quite abit longer to get together.. but this one? I guess its all my experience as an aspiring crazy cat lady.
I was inspired firstly by the song. It reminds me of the scene from the 80’s childrens classic, “The Last Unicorn” where the bumbling magician Schmendrick accidentally brings a tree to life and it basically starts to rape him. I’m sorry but tree rape IS funny!!! I essentially felt the song demanded that type of Elmyra character and proceeded to find inspiration in the relationship between me and my cat Joey Lawrence. I love Joey.... but Joey does not love me!!! WHY WON’T YOU LOVE ME YOU BASTARD CAT!!! WWWHYYYYYYYYYYY!!!! It turns out that cats do not like a.) pretending they are mink stoles b.) playing Angelina and Maddox or c.) being clenched tightly by a love barnacle such as myself. Stupid Joey. So yes.. the desperate wanting of a cats love I am familiar with. I just used a sketch formula that I learned from the super awesome amazing Morgan Brayton to beef up my storyline.
Basically what I learned is that every sketch, which like comedic burlesque is a short, self-Contained, scripted, hilarious scene. This scene needs to exist in a comedic reality. Anything can happen here (as long as its funny)!! And within your story you need a premise, some complications, an ending. In my story the premise is that I’m a crazy cat lady (yaaah.. the premise is that i’m a crazy cat lady.. the premise...), my complication is that my kitty does not love me as much as I love him, and my ending is.. well I’m going to make you watch the video!! HA HA!! Now I do love my kitty but I will say I haven’t yet reached the level of insanity where I would actually do any of these things to any cat that my character does in my ending (just the level necessary to think it is really really funny..); but I also learned that in your comedic reality the best way to find your ending is to let the situation escalate and you will find your answer there. How would your character react to the conflict? You will also probably be able to note my reference to the crazy cat lady from the Simpsons. A little homage to one of my favorite comedy shows and probably the best crazy cat lady ever.
So in closing, I post pictures of me torturing my cat and the wish that you enjoy this small glimpse into my future. For more kitty-cat antics, please join me and the rest of the Chickens at this weekends edition of the Taboo Revue. I will be performing a sort of follow-up piece to this number. I KNOW YOU CAN’T WAIT!!!
My adventures in Burlesque Choreography!