Where does one begin about Billy The Mime?
I first saw Billy The Mime in Penn Jillette and Paul Provenza's amazing film, "The Aristocrats." Billy managed to tell the joke in a visual way that was both disturbing and and traumatizing. It's one thing to hear the joke, your mind conjures all sorts of odd images, but Billy managed to make you see exactly what he sees. It's hilarious. It will make you look at Mimes in a whole new light.
I grew up watching "Shields and Yarnell" and Marcel Marceau...I can't imagine them performing any of Billy Acts.
I next saw Billy in his one man show at the Sacred Fools Theater. He started the show with "Dreams of a Young Crippled Boy" and went on for over an hour with social issue after social issue, as told through the innocents and humor of a simple mime. It was awesome. "A day called 9/11" brought me to tears and laughter at the same time. Combining the day's activities of a terrorist and a passenger was brilliant.
Make sure you check the news link for upcoming appearances.
See the Boobs...
At the time I first met Jim Florentine, Crank Yankers was just hitting the airwaves. You might recognize him as, "You've got mail, YAAY!" Special ED.
I went to see Jim at the the release of his CD Terrorizing Telemarketers III. Jim had 2 great comedians (and friends) on the road with him. Little did I know, I'd end up with 3 creeps signing my boobs. When I say Creeps I mean, the Creeps as in "Meet The Creeps." Jim Florentine, Don Jamieson, and Chuck Mignanelli.
I think was my first and only gang signing... so far.
Not only does Jim headline at comedy clubs, sell great comedy CDs, make telemarketers cry, but he also makes the damn funniest DVDs with 5 very funny obnoxious guys taking over in very public places.
See the Boobs, Yaay!
You might know Gary as a two time Emmy® nominated Composer / Arranger / Conductor, the man who brought you the PENN and TELLER: BULLSHIT! theme music, the score for the best damn movie ever made: The Aristocrats, or maybe as the guy in one of several of the bands he's in.
I know him as the funny talented musician who has worked on a ton of movies and TV shows I love, and his work on (the best ever) variety series Penn & Teller's Sin City Spectacular.
Here's the boobs!