When nerdy guys strap on laptops and dance, can a tribute to Internet porn be far behind?
That burning question was answered at Tuesdays media night for this years Snowdown Follies. One never knows what to expect when the Zink brothers, Tim and Brian, plus Paul Gibson and Dan Imming stumble on stage. Last year, they were known as The Danglers and performed in very different costumes. Ill leave that to your imagination. The year before, Brian Zink came on stage dressed only in a barrel held up by suspenders. Soon he was joined by his colleagues in showbiz crime to sing A Rural Love Song. Ill leave that to your imagination, too.
But heres the question: Is it any wonder The Danglers have a following?
For 2013, the guys outdid themselves again with a song, dance and Power Point lecture on the joys of surfing the Internet. Timed perfectly with lyrics and screwball dancing, the images floated on a screen just like a college or business meeting presentation. The images included cast members, other Follies sketches, what appeared to be family pets and the odd celebrity. It was a multimedia extravaganza that ended with a very sudden finale a quick drop of the pants. Did I say well-rehearsed?
Well, despite rumors that the show has been heading uptown since organizers have mixed live performance with lip-syncing, Snowdown happily continues to be rude, crude, and silly.
Two sets of hosts paired off by gender heightened this years theme: Get Your Geek On. Lisa Zwisler and Sandra Shellnut played opposites: a nerdy Durango geekette and a sex-obsessed newcomer who may or may not fit in. Durango, of course, is seen as the geekiest town west of the Mississippi.
The B Cast fielded Jonathan Hunt and Dave Imming as two innocents with a lot of misinformation. Hunts credentials with Durango DOT Comedy and Immings 11 years with Snowdown parlayed into witty banter and a little improv along the way.
As for the so-called acts, while takes on geeks at parties, driving swagger wagons, indulging in three-ways and delivering the news from Albuquerque dominated the evening, a few players strayed into non-geekdom.
John Statens rock n roll guy strutted around the stage oozing confidence, the opposite of Eric Sirois hilarious Student Council geek Napoleon Dynamite dancing for votes.
Suzy DiSanto and Jessica Perinos polished Digadigado jazz dance was way too slick for an evening at the Follies. Warning: sophistication and polish are trending in the Follies. The same could be said for Erin White Sinberg and Mike Testas live performance of their tuneful duet about our tattoo culture.
Three solos stood on their own. Songstress Ellen Lancaster delivered a deadpan These Are My Own, accompanied by guitarist Jason Thies.
The inimitable Dan Brown spoofed a famous feminist play by delivering The Virgin Monologues. Brown sat on a stool and used various props, including a Harpo Marx googlehorn which he honked whenever he said a naughty word or euphemism. At the end, he passed out from overexcitement.
Despite a broken foot, Kristen Palmer imitated Lily Tomlins quirky phone operator Ernestine. She took on City Manager Ron LeBlanc for unpaid phone bills.
LeBlanc was one of the few local luminaries needled by Snowdown entertainers. Throughout the evening, El Rancho Bar got the most jabs, along with assorted bars and restaurants.
But, apparently, the days of poking fun at various individuals and institutions has gone by the wayside. There was a time when jokes about The Durango Herald, LPEA, the BLM, BP and Fort Lewis College, not to mention former City Manager Bob Ledger or the legendary Jeff Deitch, attorney at law, brought the house down. Surely, we have not run out of local material for satire not yet.
Heres looking forward to 2014. May The Danglers return.
firstname.lastname@example.org. Judith Reynolds is a Durango writer, artist and critic.