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Vaudevisuals interview with Tammy Faye Starlite – ‘Why’d Ya Do It?’

“Tammy Faye Starlite went all the way: impersonating Marianne Faithfull, rock musics fallen woman, with an uncanny accuracy. Her simulation of Ms. Faithfull’s vocal style and combustible blend of arrogance and scabrous sarcasm only begins to tell the story.” 

Stephen Holden – New York Times

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“Now, as Marianne Faithfull, British pops queen of survival, Starlite resurrects 1979s Broken English as a thoroughly modern tale of adventure, abyss and hard-won vengeance  one of the most brutally frank albums of its time, made flesh again, in poignant lethally honest character.”

David Fricke/Rolling Stone

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Following a month of sold-out performances in March of her portrayal of Marianne Faithfull, pegged to the 40th anniversary of the landmark Broken English album, Tammy Faye Starlite has announced a new production titled “Why’d Ya Do It?: Tammy Faye Starlite Performs Marianne Faithfull’s Broken English at Pangea” this fall. The show, directed by Michael Schiralli whose credits include Varla Jean Merman and the Mushroom Heads, Scraping the Bottom: The Most Offensive Songs of Jackie Hoffman and Tammy Faye’s own acclaimed Nico Underground, launches Wednesday, September 25 and then plays every Thursday in October with the run concluding on Halloween.  Two preview performances are set for Thursday, September 12 and September 19.

Tammy Faye originally performed Broken English at Lincoln Center and brought it to Joe’s Pub and The Metropolitan Room; later she performed Marianne Faithful: Exposed at Joes Pub and McCabes in Los Angeles.  Thereafter, she took Cabaret Marianne on the road to Provincetown, Chicago and St. Louis.

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Michael Davis – comedian/juggler

In 1984 I had made a meeting with Michael Davis, juggler and comedian to do some photographs for a book I was working on at the time.

The session was at his apartment on the Upper West Side of New York City. I shot some personal ‘at home’ shots and then we scheduled

a session at my studio for a ‘professional’ shot.

Michael Davis is a very funny man. His credits go on for pages. Here is a link to his web page which list them all.

Here are the photographs we took at those two separate sessions.

Michael can be very serious when he wants to but on stage he is a master of comedic timing.

His talent also includes playing guitar and juggling ping pong balls with his mouth!

He is also known to have juggled a bowling ball and egg. Here is that spot on Saturday Night Live.

Some Quotes from Michael’s work.

“Mr. Davis is an inspired deadpan comedian.

I was as close as I have ever been to rolling in an aisle with laughter.  Nothing could top him.”

New York Times

“Davis’s act is like a lethal virus- anywhere, anytime, it will kill in a matter of seconds.”

Rolling Stone

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If he is ever appearing in your neighborhood I suggest you see him perform.

Not many performers are as funny and intelligent in their humor not to mention his amazing juggling skills!

Here is a video of Michael Davis on one of his hysterical appearances on Johnny Carson show!