I'm not sure one could justify sacrificing their time and intellectual integrity to reading Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi's personal memoir from cover to cover. However, there probably is some ludicrous material in that book that would provide a little unintentional comic relief, and Road Less Traveled Productions will be debuting a brand new weekly series tonight that derives its comedic punch from the "outrageous foibles of the celebrity class."
The Celebrity Autobiography series, which will take place on Saturday nights at 8 p.m. at Rohall's Corner, will feature a rotating line-up
of local performers who will read selected passages from the most scandalous and entertaining of celebrity memoirs. The show's cast of performers will include Sarah Jane Barry, Jamie Bono, Diane McNamara, Kelly Moore, Dan Morris, Shayna Raichilson-Zadok, and Adam Yellen.
"We live in an age where there are more celebrities than ever before, and these celebrities are producing more printed matter than ever before," said local writer and visual artist Pat Kewley, who will be hosting and directing each installment of the series.
"These celebrities, all household names, write about their struggles and triumphs," added stage manager and performer Steven Brachmann. "Whether they intend it or not, some of the material is extremely amusing!"
The material for the series has been carefully selected by Kewley from his "immense library of countless celebrity autobiographies" for the performers to satirize. "There is nothing else out there quite like this show," said Kewley. "What are Mr. T's thoughts on illegal immigration? How built, shall we say, is Vanilla Ice, really? Only one comedy show in Buffalo has the answers!"
Drawing inspiration from a popular nightclub series in New York City, the Celebrity Autobiography series will also feature guest appearances by local celebrities. According to Scott Behrend, RLTP's executive and artistic director, these performers will add to the fun of the show by mimicking their "more famous, yet much less respectable" national counterparts. Tonight, local comedian Kristen Becker will be the special guest performer.
"We're excited to bring a bit of RLTP to Black Rock," Behrend said. "And Celebrity Autobiography will appeal to everyone who enjoys live, comedic events." The show will be hosted at Rohall's Corner, which is located at 504 Amherst Street. Admission to the show will be $10 ($5 for students with a valid ID). For more information on the series, visit www.roadlesstraveledproductions.org