A few years ago a couple of guys (Eugene Pack and Dayle Reyfel) had an epiphany while contemplating Vanna White’s book –wouldn’t it be rather entertaining to listen to celebrities read from other celebrities’ inane autobiographies? Apparently it is entertaining, and this idea became Celebrity Autobiography. Here’s Kristen Wiig reading Suzanne Somers:
Tonight at Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré there are two performances (7 and 9) of Celebrity Autobiography featuring John Goodman, Jennifer Coolidge (love her), Ryan Reynolds, Mario Cantone and others. Tickets are $69 for general admission and $99 for premium seating. And (in sort of an ironic move for a show that pokes fun at the celebrity self-importance) for $60 more, you can attend the star-studded after party following the 9pm show. A portion of ticket sales benefits the Greater New Orleans Foundation’s Gulf Coast Oil Spill Fund.
But, hey, if you can’t afford Celebrity Autobiography, you can poke fun at the rich, famous and powerful with the proles over at the AllWays Lounge for Verbatim Verboten. Here’s how they describe it,” VERBATIM VERBOTEN, created 10 years ago in Chicago by Michael Martin, is an ever-changing revue of staged transcripts. These are word-for-word transcripts of noted people (and some ordinary folk) saying things they never meant for the public to hear: surveillance tapes, secretly recorded conversations, forgotten open mics, on-camera diatribes, released emails, private correspondence, et cetera. VERBATIM VERBOTEN has collected over three hundred such pieces, with more being added all the time…meaning no performance is like the one before.” Sundays through July 25th. Tickets $7 (includes one drink). 7 p.m.