Friday, October 12, 2012

Clownvis Presley at the Firebird, 10/11/2012: Highlights

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7. At times, Clownvis could be quite profound: "Just because a man has a microphone doesn't mean he knows what he's talking about."

8. Clownvis led the club in dramatically singing the film version of "Tomorrow" from "Annie." The audience responded by being quite off key. I responded by having Chuck-E-Cheese flashbacks.

9. During a break in the clown's set, dancer Foxy LeFeelion entertained the crowd with a burlesque number, shimmying around the club and eventually showing off her sparkly pasties and spiderweb thong.

10. Clownvis welcomed members of the Griddle Kids and Little Rachel to the stage for songs about cursive and the Harlem Globetrotters, as well as Elvis' "Tiger Man." Clownvis was especially concerned about the demise of cursive handwriting, claiming that California has stopped teaching the subject in school and he's charged himself with raising awareness of the tragedy.

11. A fan of Will Smith, Clownvis sang the lyrics to the "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" theme over the music of Elvis' "In the Ghetto." I was surprised at how well this worked.

Start me up: The show got off to quite the late start because of technical difficulties.

The taste of fear: My apprehension before Clownvis' set was heightened by a movie playing above the bar. It featured a kid crying and biting down on a seizure stick, a nightmarish circus and guys who resembled Uncle Fester and an ancient Liberace.

Appropriate attire: I was relieved to see that audience members were dressed in their rockabilly finest instead of clown attire. Really, really relieved.

Hail, hail, rock and roll: Music between the opening bands was an excellent mix of oldies classics, including "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'," "Poor Little Fool" and "House of the Rising Sun."

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