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Vaudevisuals interview with Bonnie He – “A Terrible Show for Terrible People”

A Terrible Show for Terrible People is a raunchy and rambunctious solo clown performance that is both boner- and vomit-inducing.

In her East Coast premiere at the NY Clown Theatre Festival, physical comedian Bonnie He takes the audience on an flirtatious journey from death to rebirth, opening a voyeuristic window into personal tragedy, triumph, and titillation. Mostly titillation. TIT-illation.

The show is nonverbal, but fiercely interactive. The audience is complicit, and that’s what makes A Terrible Show so riveting: you’re not just watching a show – you’re participating in the destruction of common decency.

30 minutes

Saturday, September 8 @ 5pm
Monday, September 10 @ 9pm
Wednesday, September 12 @ 7pm

Appropriate for ages 13 and older

For tickets go here.

Bonnie He is a native of Los Angeles. Her favorite acting credits include “The New Empress,” a short film with
Maggie Gyllenhaal, and “Darla Wang, Dick Whisperer,” a self-described “really dumb web series” Bonnie created, produced and starred in. Both
works can be found on her YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/c/bonniehe.
She is a house team member on Excelsior!, her Long Form
Ensemble at The Second City Hollywood. She’s also a rotating clown act in the monthly main stage show, JETZO & Ithamar.
Follow her on Twitter @BonnieHe and Instagram @abonnielass.

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2018 NY Clown Theater Festival Photography

Bonnie He – “A Terrible Show for Terrible People” – NY Clown Theater Festival 2018

I roller coaster ride thru the mind of Bonnie He. Raunch in a fun way!

Bonnie He uses her delightfully mimetic facial expressions throughout the show.

The sexual insinuations run rampant in the show in a hysterical way.

The iconic image of the loving wife and ‘sports addicted’ husband make an appearance in the show.Bonnie is wonderfully ‘seductive’ in a very comical way that garnered the audience’s laughter.

There are many other photographs which I am NOT going to include here since it will spoil your experience of the show. I suggest you go see it since she has ONLY 2 more performances at The NY Clown Theater Festival.

Monday, September 10 @ 9pm
Wednesday, September 12 @ 7pm

Go here for tickets!

579 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11211
(between Union Avenue and Lorimer Street)

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Vaudevisuals Bookshelf – “The Girls in the Picture” by Melanie Benjamin

The Girls in the Picture – A Novel

“Full of Old Hollywood glamour and true details about the pair’s historic careers . . . a captivating ode to a legendary bond.”—Real Simple

It is 1914, and twenty-five-year-old Frances Marion has left her (second) husband and her Northern California home for the lure of Los Angeles, where she is determined to live independently as an artist. But the word on everyone’s lips these days is “flickers”—the silent moving pictures enthralling theatergoers. Turn any corner in this burgeoning town and you’ll find made-up actors running around, as a movie camera captures it all.

In this fledgling industry, Frances finds her true calling: writing stories for this wondrous new medium. She also makes the acquaintance of actress Mary Pickford, whose signature golden curls and lively spirit have earned her the title “America’s Sweetheart.” The two ambitious young women hit it off instantly, their kinship fomented by their mutual fever to create, to move audiences to a frenzy, to start a revolution.

But their ambitions are challenged by both the men around them and the limitations imposed on their gender—and their astronomical success could come at a price. As Mary, the world’s highest paid and most beloved actress struggles to live her life under the spotlight, she also wonders if it is possible to find love, even with the dashing actor Douglas Fairbanks. Frances, too, longs to share her life with someone. As in any good Hollywood story, dramas will play out, personalities will clash, and even the deepest friendships might be shattered.

With cameos from such notables as Charlie Chaplin, Louis B. Mayer, Rudolph Valentino, and Lillian Gish, The Girls in the Picture is, at its heart, a story of friendship and forgiveness. Melanie Benjamin perfectly captures the dawn of a glittering new era—its myths and icons, its possibilities and potential, and its seduction and heartbreak.

“A boffo production . . . Inspiration is a rare and unexpected gift in a book filled with the fluff of Hollywood, but Benjamin provides it with The Girls in the Picture.”—NPR

“Profoundly resonant, The Girls in the Picture is at its core, an empowering and fascinating tale of sisterhood.”—Bryce Dallas Howard

“Benjamin immerses readers in the whirlwind excitement of Mary’s and Frances’ lives while portraying a rarely seen character, an early woman screenwriter, and deftly explores the complexities of female friendship.”Booklist

“The heady, infectious energy of the fledgling film industry in Los Angeles is convincingly conveyed—and the loving but competitive friendship between these two women on the rise in a man’s world is a powerful source of both tension and relatability.”Publishers Weekly

“Profoundly resonant, The Girls in the Picture is at its core, an empowering and fascinating tale of sisterhood. . . . Deeply affecting . . . This book isn’t just timely, it’s necessary!”—Bryce Dallas Howard

“Melanie Benjamin, known for her living, breathing portraits of famous figures, takes on the Golden Age of Hollywood, and the friendship between icons Mary Pickford and screenwriter Frances Marion. As riveting as the latest blockbuster, this is a star-studded story of female friendships, creative sparks about to ignite, and the power of women. Dazzling.”—Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You and Cruel Beautiful World

“Set at the dawn of Hollywood, The Girls in the Picture explores the friendship between renowned starlet Mary Pickford and screenwriter Frances Marion. With the artistry for which she has become renowned, Melanie Benjamin has simultaneously created an insightful tale of the relationship between writer and muse and a breathtaking view into Hollywood’s most glittering era.”—Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author of The Orphan’s Tale

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You can find the book here!

 

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59E59 Theater Comedy Performing Arts Vaudevisuals Interview

Vaudevisuals interview with Jake Broder – “His Royal Hipness Lord Buckley”

I have always enjoyed the work of Lord Buckley and the people who have been inspired by him.

When I saw that Jake Broder was doing a show about Lord Buckley at 59e59 Theatres  (one of my favorite NY venues) I had to get an interview.

 

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North Coast Repertory Theatre presents

 HIS ROYAL HIPNESS LORD BUCKLEY

By JAKE BRODER
Directed by DAVID ELLENSTEIN
Starring JAKE BRODER
With MICHAEL LANAHAN
Musicians MARK HARTMAN, BRAD RUSSELL, DANIEL GLASS
Following sold-out runs in London and Los Angeles, Jake Broder returns to New York with his critically acclaimed salute to counter-culture icon Lord Buckley. The largely forgotten comedian of the 1940s and 50s, who was described by Frank Sinatra as “the most sensational comic of our time,” is cited as having inspired a myriad of entertainers including Robin Williams, Johnny Depp, Whoopi Goldberg, George Carlin, Richard Pryor, Lenny Bruce, and Bob Dylan, among others.
In His Royal Hipness Lord Buckley, Broder and his be-bop jazz trio will transport audiences back to an exciting reimagining of a Buckley performance in a swirling mix of comedy, be-bop, and cabaret.
“STUNNING! EXTRAORDINARY!”
-The Evening Standard

“IT WAS F*CKING AWESOME!”
-Kevin Spacey

“THE MESMERIZING JAKE BRODER INCARNATES THE 1950S CULT LOUNGE PERFORMER LORD BUCKLEY ON A HEADLONG RIDE THROUGH THE LATE BEAT PHILOSOPHER’S OEUVRE.”
-The New Yorker

“THE COOLEST, GROOVIEST, GRANDEST COMEDIAN WHO EVER FLAPPED HIS CHOPS ON THIS SWEET SWINGING SPHERE.”
-Washington Post

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Go HERE for more information/tickets

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Here is Lord Buckley performing one of his wonderful pieces ‘The Nazz” in 1960 at The Gate of Horn, Chicago.