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Wednesday, June 4, 2008

John Waters is Still The King

posted by on June 4 at 11:29 AM


The John Waters Lecture last night at Benaroya Hall was absolutely inspiring. I can’t really find the words to describe it, so here instead, is a list of topics he covered, in chronological order:

Jugglers with hard-ons, vaudeville, junkie strippers, Johnny Cash, Zorro, butch girls, Catholic schools, pig latin, Pootie Tang, auto-erotic stimulation, negative influences, filthy elders, The Tingler, Kroger Babb, Hell, nuns in prison, birth as masturbation, niche filmmaking, Father Bingo, nude ushers, whack stacks, Lysol, Warhol, Larry Clark, mullets, libraries, Freud, parental love, shrinks, blowjobs for school teachers, ebonics, Kenneth Anger, Dogma 95, roman candles, politically correct shoplifting, eating your makeup, Jacqueline Kennedy, Sotheby’s, suicide, LSD, seances, instant movies, Micheal Jackson, burn units, Joan Crawford, flaccid penises, Anna Nicole Smith, necrophilia…
…eating shit for anarchy, radio contests, testing limits, bears, fag-hags, second closets, adult babies, anal bleaching, ultimate nudity, blossoms, female troubles, metallic fringe, electric chairs, lesbian fairy-tails, free face-lifts, Las Vegas, corpse grinders, Edie Massey, gift-bags, thrift stores, odor-rama, Rugrats, Burger King, ascots, Satin versus Satan, Sonny Bono, gay marriage, an all-lesbian volunteer army, re-born babies, Nan Goldin, power ballads, Traci Lords, juvenile delinquents, killing the rich, welfare fraud, crab meat, classism, hetero-flexibles, anti-airport yoga-ism, Boy George, cocksuckers, film terrorism, autographed tampons, Disney films for perverts, voting, voting multiple times, head injuries, carnal lust, vagina hedges, NC-17 film ratings, Netflix, plate-jobs, censorship, turd terrorism, New Orleans, trailer park bars, fat girls, Eminem, racists, jazz musicians on heroin, eavesdropping, trading deer meat for crack cocaine, lazy susans, mayonnaise, Schindlers Fist, Bride of Chucky, Alvin and the Chipmunks, ipecac, amusement parks, Diane Arbus, carnies, mosquito bite scabs, Vogue magazine, car accidents, Liberace, Don Knotts, Steve Buscemi, cult leaders, poppers, Christianity, Joan Rivers, Jesus, delusions of grandeur, AIDS, virgin birth, speaking in tongues, levitation, spontaneous combustion, Danielle Steele, Farrah Fawcett, Jessica the Hippo, and role models

Also, confidential to the lady sitting in front of me, the one with the giant diamond ring and the tiny opera binoculars: It’s okay to laugh out loud in public. Really it is. You should try it sometime.

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i've seen john waters speak on a number of occasions, and each time he delivered the exact same monologue, with a few current events thrown in to make it seem fresh. it was entertaining the first time. the second, third, and fourth, not so much.

reading through this list, it looks like there are just a few skeletal remnants of that monologue (jackie kennedy, juvenile delinquents, negative role models), but overall it looks like he's actually written some new material! perhaps he'll be worth seeing again.

Posted by brandon | June 4, 2008 12:35 PM

I'm acting in cape cod this summer (somehow), and I heard he likes to run people over on his bike in downtown Proveicetown. Hope I get lucky!

Posted by Ariel | June 4, 2008 12:58 PM

@1: From the last time I saw him (2006), it was about 45-55% new stuff. Some rehashings, but some new stuff. I enjoyed myself for the couple of hours I was there.

Posted by TheMisanthrope | June 4, 2008 1:15 PM

It was my first live experience and I enjoyed it, but didn't learn much I didn't already know from reading his books and interviews...but his timing and delivery are brilliant; better than most stand-ups.

Of course, he's been doing this dog and pony show for 30 years...

Posted by michael strangeways | June 4, 2008 1:20 PM

i love the man's work, and his craziness, but he came and spoke in jacksonville, fl, and it was very disappointing. he seemed like he really didn't want to be there, despite the packed house and the high ticket cost.

Posted by konstantconsumer | June 4, 2008 1:23 PM

I always get him confused with Roger Waters.

Posted by Greg | June 4, 2008 1:24 PM

As an old fan, what I want to know is, does he have the blue moustache yet?

Posted by Another Greg | June 4, 2008 3:33 PM

#5, Do you blame him?

Does anyone REALLY want to be in Jacksonville?

Posted by michael strangeways | June 4, 2008 4:13 PM

After hearing that he'd be in town for a reading via the internets yesterday, I stepped out for lunch only to stand beside him and share a crosswalk with him yesterday on 4th & Marion. He was wearing lovely, bright red pants and carrying a black tote. Very stylish. I was pretty thrilled to see the creepy pencil thin 'stach in person!

Posted by Dod | June 4, 2008 5:23 PM

1&5: I had the same experience. If you've ever seen an interview with him or read any of his books, you've heard all the stories and it has a rote feel to it. Bitch knows how to tell a joke, however.

Posted by bronkitis | June 4, 2008 7:23 PM

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