Cavern of Whimsy #4 Recap

YarbroughHow cool is this?

At the start of Cavern of Whimsy #4, Yarbrough got a pair of suggestions from the audience — “crayons” and “shave your beard” (directed at me; I haven’t shaved in a week and a half) — walked to the back of the stage, started “painting” (with markers), and revealed this brilliant piece of art at the end.

Check out Yarbrough’s Instagram, above, or his Tumblr. Follow him, like him, share him; whichever. After the show, several attendees offered to buy the painting (this month’s $10 gift card winner, Ben, suggested we “trade”), but it’s not going anywhere, except on the wall of my apartment, and into Cavern of Whimsy lore with the rest of the night’s performances:

– The artists formerly known as “Well Done” (they changed their name during the show!), Matt Noonan and Mike Trehy strung together a hilarious sequence of scenes, including a pitch for satanic whiskey and a dramatized meeting of a pair of Robert Loggias (Loggi?).

– After this month’s SoCal Slideshow Tour of North Hollywood, I hosted Filthy Parody Karaoke, a completely original segment in which comedians and singers perform karaoke to their favorite songs with one small twist: the lyrics have been replaced with ultra-crude parody lyrics.

Nick Luciano did “Psycho Killer” by The Talking Heads re-imagined as “Hippo Fucker.” No explanation necessary. We also viewed an alt take of a classic Friendboat sketch written by Nick. LIKE their page and see them LIVE later this month!

Muriel Montgomery, a member of iO West’s The Deltones making her Cavern debut, sang beautifully on Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me,” with the subject matter changed from “unrequited love” to “penis-shaped vegetables.”

And David Croom’s version of The Animals’ “House of the Rising Sun” turned into a lurid tale of pornography and poop. Also, he did a tight 5-minutes of standup, and was really funny. The whole time.

– Finally, we watched Clem Darling’s first music video, We’ll Be Fine, to cure our summertime blues (not to be confused with “summertime sadness”), then sat down to discuss, in full, that time he got pulled over on the Texas border, detained at a private jail, and learned from fellow inmates how to make moonshine with fruit punch, among other things.

Big thanks to everybody who came to see the show. Labor Day weekend is a long and torturous three-day holiday, but I hope I was able to make it just a bit more whimsical. Whimsy like that doesn’t come around very often.

Except once a month. First Monday. October 6th, specifically.

See you then.