Joe's Pub Celebrates Final OUR HIT PARADE Shows, Ending 12/19
This December marks the end of OUR HIT PARADE, the "hilarious" (New York Post) live, top-ten countdown at Joe's Pub at The Public that has been the centerpiece of New York's downtown performance art scene for over five years. The final shows will be November 14 at 9:30 PM, followed by two specials on December 19 at 7:30 & 10:00 PM including a 2012 TOP TEN COUNTDOWN and HITS OF OUR HIT PARADE. Tickets for December shows go on sale Friday, November 16 at 2 PM, http://joespub.com/.
Starring Tony nominee and Obie winner Kenny Mellman (Kiki & Herb), carnal chanteuse Bridget Everett (Bridget Everett & the Tender Moments) and pop-song opera impresario Neal Medlyn (known for his pop star based performance pieces), OUR HIT PARADE (OHP) is inspired by the musical sketch series Your Hit Parade that ran on radio and then television from 1935 to 1959. On that show, cast members performed the week's most popular songs as comically literal skits. In this show, the hosts and special guest stars present their renditions of current popular hits from Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Chris Brown, Beyonce, P!nk and more, live on stage.
"It's been an honor to watch the show evolve," said Shanta Thake, Director, Joe's Pub. "It transformed the landscape of New York's cabaret scene, helped launch careers and inspired many unpredictable, highly-entertaining late nights. We're sad to say goodbye, but very excited to see what Bridget, Kenny and Neal do next." Watch the OUR HIT PARADE trailer on YouTube: http://bit.ly/Suyfd8.
Since it began, OUR HIT PARADE has developed a community of over 130 regular guest artists including Alan Cumming, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Magnetic Fields, Adam Horovitz, Moby, Molly Pope, Jenn Harris, Erin Markey, Cole Escola and many more. Every month at Joe's Pub since January 2009 OUR HIT PARADE has beguiled fans with its signature blend of musical satire, alt-cabaret and anything-goes interpretations of today's popular music. "I've become a crazy Our Hit Parade groupie," raved Kathleen Hannah (Le Tigre) in Time Out New York. "I just have such a good time when I go there."
In the spirit of countdowns, Joe's Pub will honor some of the greatest moments of OHP history with countdowns leading up to December's finale. Exclusive Q+A's, videos, photos and more will post to Joe's Pub social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr) throughout the months of November and December.
Regular guest Jenn Harris said, "OHP is the single most open, creative, inviting, supportive, never-say-no-to-an-idea, performance explosion that I've had the humbling pleasure to be a part of these past 4 years. "Fun", "Talent", "Hilarious"...these words aren't enough to describe what an evening at OHP does. I've been invited once a month to make a perfect creative mess on that stage and throw my guts and props all over the place and thus feel at creative peace. These artists inspire me more in one night than the entire industry has in 10 years."
OUR HIT PARADE was created by Everett, Mellman, Medlyn, Brendan Kennedy, Ada Calhoun and Peter Schjeldahl. Special guests for November include Molly Pope, Erin Markey, Jenn Harris, Maxigeil! & Play Colt, Cole Escola and Cheryl Freeman. Special guests for December shows will be announced.