Aaah, so nice to be up late at night, once again pounding out a vaguely amusing Happy Hour Salon wrap-up so that people who managed to stay away from the event of the social season could, once again, feel they were there, and people who were there could remember who they left with. March 30th was no exception to the seasons-long tradition of excellent talent and desirous glances, from on stage to off– people, mark your calendars for the next Salon on April 27th. And follow me, to a time not long ago…
(That picture was NOT taken at the Salon. But I swear, we’ll sneak some video and cameras in there next time.)
We mingled in the new space while curator JD Carter and I got our acts together, along with the excellent technical staff and bartenders– thank you, all. We got the show on the road with the Happy Hour Salon Theme Song. And then…
- Ali Wong opened the performance slots — she, the stand-up comic with the “huge cult following” and the San Francisco sass. We were lucky to have her, as she herself informed us that she’s so busy she brushes her teeth while she poops.Â I happened to notice certain people in the back snorting and pounding on the table during Ali’s how-to-pleasure-a-woman section– may no one at my Salon make bubble-blowing faces e’er again again. Check out www.aliwong.com.
- Monologuist James Braly got called cruelly back from his pre-show meditative preparation ritual– as I’d given him the wrong running order– and magnetized the audience quickly and powerfully withÂ tonight’s storyÂ of Â his job at the office of a Goebbels-loving motivational speaker.Â James’ words of wisdom and chronicles of embarrassment are unparalleled, and you must get in on it early as he develops his new full-length monologue, “The Monthly Nut.”Â www.jamesbraly.com.
- I did a new piece of guitar comedy material that could get me in trouble someday, about a certain person who leaves posters all over the city decreeing that he will, in fact, teach you to play guitar. You know who I’m talking about. And if you’re out of town? I strongly believe there’s a Dan Smith in every city. There’s. Always. A Dan.
- Singer-songwriter Julie Foldesi sang her face off. And brought in a the ghost of good friend, Salon regular,Â and “South Pacific” castmate Becca Ayers right off the bat with a song they wrote together– “Don’t go Searching.” She followed up with “Full of Grace” and ended her set with “This Part of Town”, the title song on her funky bluegrass CD you can find at www.juliefoldesi.com.Â (Note to future Salon slot-owners: Three-song sets only available to singer-songwriters whose Ds aboveÂ Cs make us weak in the knees.)
- Robin Gelfenbien presented an excerpt from her Fringe 2008 hit “My Salvation Has a First Name” acting the scene of her father’s reaction to her heavy interest in a job driving the Oscar Meyer Weinermobile, and her interview at the local Howard Johnson’s Fred MacMurray Conference Room. Haven’t we all been there, really? Hilarious and touching, and filled with song and dance!– see www.robingelfenbien.com.
- Finally, singer/songwriter composer Jeremy Schonfeld whipped out a sheet of note paper to give the Salon its special new works-y edge, and blew us all away with the rich beauty and pulsing mood of a song from his piece in development with Daisy Prince. Fresh Hebrew lyrics, ladies and gentleman, have never been so rockin’.Â Check out 37 Notebooks, Jeremy’s material recorded by Broadway greats, at www.jeremyschonfeld.com.
That’s it! We’ll see you on April 27th, at the next Happy Hour Salon @ D-Lounge! And please do save some Monday performance love for “Reddy or Not: A Musical Comedy Tribute to Helen Reddy” on April 20th atÂ the Connelly Theatre.Â
Posted on April 13, 2009