Talented Monster: Scotty the Blue Bunny

So…sorry I’ve been off track kids, through the holidays and family crap, I suppose I was waiting for something…no…SOMEBODY to inspire me again.

That somebody today is Scotty the Blue Bunny.

I once saw him throw a just broken Lucite 6″ platform at a wall at a show and it was magic.

Now, the Bunny is something that happens to you. Like a whirlwind he wrecks the stage, peoples ideas of what is funny and your makeup from laughing so hard. I’ve personally never seen so many people in love and in abject horror of a 7′ Bunny in his lycra blue bunny suit and stripper heels….but after witnessing him on stage last year, I look to him for bits of “fuck off” entertainment.

Some people in this business you meet and you know that you’ll get to know them. You know that they travel in the same circles or have a similar ideology of what is entertaining. Now, this may sound all new age hippie dippy, but this is how I felt about Scotty when I briefly (the blink of an eye) met him at the Re-Bar last year. And I was right.

Luckily-Scotty found me on Haight street after a show in San Francisco nearly 4 months later and decided to hang out. We drank tequila, rolled around on a friends floor and played with a child’s violin. One of my favorite things about him is how he talks with his hands and how much he feels the things he says, regardless of how frivolous they might sound. He’s a walking art piece-someone who is definitely setting the stage for his life.

In a few weeks Scotty the Blue Bunny embarks for Europe, a place that we both feel holds some magic for us, and he will be there touring for a month, longer if Europe dares to hold him in it’s arms. After that, (and it’s what I’m particularly excited for) the tall talented monster will seek living arrangements in Seattle, and then I can plot and plan and play with childrens violins here with him.

The following are answers to a series of questions I sent him. Un-edited, because I wanted you to realize how magical he is.

1. How long have you been in your field?

I would have to say I’ve been performing since childhood, when I studied Violin and Piano.

2. What inspires you?

I use music the most to get into that dream state.

3. What would your best friend say about you?

Rife with contradiction.

4. What is your best quality on stage?

Spontaneity and happy alcoholism.

5. Name a person that’s on your top 10 list of performers in your field that you adore

Julie Atlas Muz, of course. . .

6. Do you have a process in creating your act/art? Care to share it with us?

I try to move as fast as my inspiration and not to judge. It’s important to “go with it” when you get an idea and stay away from critiquing. . . every idea is worthy of being workshopped, experimented with. I take great pleasure in performing big installations once. I don’t necessarily look for things i know will be “hits”. I enjoy the death of an act as much as the life of it. . . if that’s an answer.

7. What do you love to see on stage? What’s your least favorite thing?

I love to see irreverance. I love to see artists struggling with their chosen form. I hate complacency and contrivance. I love when artists are honest reflections of the world, and provide honest conscious experiences for their audience. It’s all about the audience.

8. Do you collect anything?

Bandanas. I’m a scarf queen. Bring on the little squares of fabric!

9. What is your favorite act to do on stage, why?
i love to sit on huge balloons filled with confetti to the USC Trojan Marching Band version of Pat Benatar’s HEARBREAKER. It’s so lovely to me because it’s my biggest act about nothing, ever. Also because its innocent and rude at the same time. LIke when a 2 year-old says “Fuck”, in that cute little baby voice. Fuck!

10. If you could be in any one show in the world, what show would you pick?

A completely new variety show with fabulous marvellous performers of every vaudeville niche – with ME as the big gay twinkling star. . .

11. Any hidden talents?

i’m a certified Pilates mat instructor.

12. What is your ideal day?

double espresso sun wind ocean sky bicycle BLT on marbled rye

13. What do you do to unwind?

emotionally eat, masturbate, daydream.

14. What’s your favorite performance moment so far?

Ha! My Bar Matzvah. . so awkward and fraught with. . . initiation and ritual. It was a very dual, multidimensional experience that I draw upon in everything i do. There is this element of passing-through in performance for me. .. walking through a door. being changed.

15. What’s next on deck for you? When’s your next show?

A Big European adventure. I’m currently hiding out at my family’s house in Tucson Arizona, preparing for Amsterdam, Sweden and beyond! January/February 2010

16. What’s your favorite article of clothing?

A really rotten pair of calvin klein bikini underwear my mom bought for me a long time ago. I don’t think she know exactly how. . . “South of France”, they were.

17. If you had to pick a song that defines your mood today, what would it be?

absolutely and unapologetically Enya, Caribbean Blue?

For more on the lovely Scotty the Blue Bunny, check out http://scottybunny.com/

See him. Love him. Enjoy him.

P.S: I love you Bunny.

Why burlesque?

The costumes. The glamour. Alone on a stage with a sea of admiring, intrigued people. The community. The movement. The tease. Entertaining the audience.

I suppose I do it for the fleeting glorious moments on stage. There is nothing like commanding an audience to look at you, to see what ideas you are putting onto the stage. For the hour before hitting the stage, I primp, polish and review my music, walk around in my rhinestoned heels to make sure I feel stable, fret a little, and stretch my arms to make sure that they are as graceful as they can be. I often order a Manhattan and if there’s access to the mainfloor, sit with a friend or my beau to watch the rest of the show before I go on, or if I’m first, join them there after I’ve changed out of my costume.

I admit, I do like it when people talk to me before and after a show, admiring my performances, my presence, my presentation. It tickles me. It means I’m doing my job right. The shy human in the corner trying not to stare appreciatively also pleases me to no end.

I do it, because being entertaining is fulfilling to me, the costumes delight me, and dancing feeds my soul. The first moments on stage are absolutely electric. You have a very small amount of time to grip the audience into believing your story on stage. I feel as if those moments are the most important, since it’s excruciatingly hard to regain them in the middle or end of the act. You certainly don’t want them to be happy you’re done with an act, do you?

I’m mostly inspired by my community in Seattle by the likes of Waxie Moon, Evilyn Sin Claire, Inga Ingenue, Miss Indigo Blue, Ernie Von Schmaltz, Ben De La Creme, Heidi Von Haught and a few others. Their imagination, confidence and skill are phenomenal assets to our performance communities.

When I first began my crazy trip into a glitter wonderland, I found Catherine D’Lish, Immodesty Blaize, Tigger!, Julie Atlas Muz, Michelle L’amour, The Pontani Sisters and Miss Dirty Martini and nearly lost my mind watching their deeply unique and fascinating interpretations of their burlesque. They entertain me and make me think. I very much appreciate that I have had wonderful interactions and with some, friendships that continue to make my stay here in the world of burlesque a worthwhile one.

I’ve been at it for since 2005, and I’m only picking up speed!

El Gaucho: Dark Side of the Moon Cabaret

This Friday December 18th, I continue to be a featured performer at the wonderful and decadent “Dark Side of the Moon Cabaret” at El Gaucho in Seattle, Washington.

It is the sister cabaret to “Blue Moon Cabaret” also hosted at El Gaucho, and these shows feature performers such as myself, Paula the Swedish Housewife, Miss Lily Verlaine, Inga Ingenue, Evilyn Sin Claire, Miss Indigo Blue, Fuschia Foxxx and Waxie Moon.

Check it out: http://www.elgaucho.com/elgaucho/_seattle/burlesque.htm

or call: 206.728.1337

Additional El Gaucho Dates:

February 19th and May 21st.