Friday, September 23, 2011
A Sneek Peek, Recap and Goodbye Letter
Oh hello my beauties! This week is going to be quite a stellar show as we bid adieu to our beloved Scooter Pie with one heck of an amazing cast! Featuring LADY SCOUTINGTON with special guests, the one woman riot MINNIE TONKA and the stunning KRISTEN LEE! Making her debut in the Sugar Shack is KITTEN KENT and our gogo goddess for the night is DIVINA GRANSPARKLE! Complimentary shots served after selected sets with DJ JESS on the decks and RUNAROUND SUE and SCOOTER PIE hosting together for the last time! You dont want to miss this special Wednesday night at The Delancey (168 Delancey St. Show starts at 10pm - no cover, always a good time. Wanna find out what happened last week? Well, here is the weekly recap from Scooter Pie:
Last night's Shaken & Stirred delivered a hot audience that equalled the hot action onstage- what more could we ask for in a burlesque dance party? Lucille Ti Amore was a sexy murderess, Phara Way made her scintillating S&S debut. Bettina May served as our scorching caboose in the late-night set. The evening's featured lady, Apathy Angel, could be described as.. supersexydangerouswow. RunAround Sue and Scooter Pie presented their famous Joan Jett duet.. and DJ Jess had us all doing the hand jive! Special props to the Man in the Red Hat for killing it in both beer and dance contests!
See you next week- it's Scoot's last week as associate producer, so you'd better be there!!
And now , on to the peeking... A special insight into LADY SCOUTINGTON:
1. What does Burlesque mean to you?
I come from the world of comedy, so the biggest thing burlesque means to me is complete performer control. Sometimes as a comedian, you wake up and think, "man, I don't want to be funny today," but you don't have a choice. That's your job. In burlesque, if you wake up and don't feel funny, that's cool. You can be sexy, sad, angry, sweet, whatever. There can be music and movement or silence and stillness. It's a really powerful thing that I don't think audiences always totally realize, even as they experience it. Burlesque is the only world where you can see a million different takes on the human experience back to back to back to back, and they all make sense, both individually (usually) and as a whole. You have license to do anything you want to do on that stage, and that's pretty amazing, if you ask me.
2. How did you choose your name?
When I started in burlesque, my performance was still fairly linked to my work as a comedian, so I was still just using my name, Scout. Within a couple of months, however, it struck me that I was creating something of a character, and I wanted a name that matched. Lady Scoutington came from the sense of faux affectation I've adopted in burlesque. It's like if a three year old was suddenly told she was the Queen of Spain. Sure, she'd want a title, but I think it would be a little bit silly. That's Lady Scoutington: a curtsey and a wink, and I'll probably fall off the stage if I try to do anything too sexy. When I received my phd in cuddling, I adopted Doctor to my title, and I actually graduated high school with "Princess" in my name (true story. Good move on sending me to hippie liberal high school, Mom) so that was a bit of a gimmie.
3. Who was your first celebrity crush?
Kermit the Frog. I used to sit upstairs every night with my Fisher Price record player and listen to "It's Not Easy Being Green." It's still one of my favorite tunes.
4. What are you reading these days and why?
I actually just got hired to anchor a new comedy news show, so I am frantically reading The NY Times to try to figure out what the hell is going on in this world. I'm a sucker for a good human interest story, so you can find me in that section of the journalism world pretty darn often. I started a biography of Elvis, but turns out he wasn't all that interesting. I'm also working on a collection of comic essays/memoir pieces, so I've been reading a bunch of those lately, "I was Told There'd Be Cake," "Running With Scissors," and such.
5. What do you wish you had known when you first started performing?
Not to want things so badly. The road is motherfucking long, and you have no say in where it takes you or when. Part of what I love about burlesque is its FUBU nature. I may not have booked that Kotex commercial (true story again. I blame the construction outside for ruining my concentration.) but I can still shimmy and shake my lil heart out on that burlesque stage.
6. Please distill your life philosophy into either a couplet or haiku:
Believe in whimsey.
Leave a trail of glitter, and
always prrrrrrrr when scratched.
7. How can the people find out more about you?
You can always read about my latest exploits at my blog: http://365showsin365days.blogspot.com/ or my website www.ladyscoutington.com. And if you want to find me on facebook, do it like this: DoctorPrincess LadyScoutington. Bark!
And finally, in closing we're reprinting Scooter Pie's Goodbye letter. Don't be sad - she's moving on to amazing things and will always have a home in the Sugar Shack. AS a matter of face, she will be guest hosting on 11/23!
I, Scooter Pie, have had an incredible past year and a half as associate producer of Shaken & Stirred. RunAround Sue is a mutha-f'in genius who has taught me so much about taking on the world with grace and kindness, and lots about putting on a show. DJ Jess has made me want to never ever stop dancing- his sets are more fierce and fun every week. It is with great already-forming nostalgia that I prepare to bid a fond farewell to these kids and all of our wild Wednesday nights together as I take some time off to prepare for new performing ventures. Before Team S&S starts to carry on without me in October, join me, won't you, on Sept. 28 to dance it out with me one last time!! Much, much love- SP
There you go! How can you miss it? See you in the Shack.