"Rudy Casoni is a crooning lounge singer who, some say, is the bastard son of Frank Sinatra himself. He does a variety show, or 'Boozebag Revue' as he refers to it, every couple of months at the Steve Allen Theater in Hollywood. The show usually starts strong and swinging a whipcrack-sharp nightclub act but quickly flies off the rails, the cast imploding and leaving a broken Casoni onstage in the midst of the mayhem." So says Rudy Casoni creator Toby Huss (Cowboys and Aliens, Carnivale, Beavis and Butt-Head, King of the Hill). He's planned an extra-swell, star-studded Rudy Casoni All Boozebag Revue
this time around. "It's a swanky affair," he warns. "A chaotic boozebag of a show with one foot in a high-class, uptown lounge and the other in some dirty, downtown gutter, drunk at 5 a.m., belting 'One for My Baby' to a bum on a curb." The cast is filled out by top-notch acts and actors such as James Urbaniak, Kate Flannery (The Office
) and Scot Robinson (Anchorman
)'s creepy lounge act The Lampshades, Billy the Mime, vaudeville juggler Scot Nery, Syd Straw, Dave Higgins (Mike & Molly, American Horror Story
), Mark Fite ("funny jerk"), the Poubelle Twins and "a couple of Jumbo's Clown Room's finest peelers to throw their underthings around to the music of Andy Paley and the Dago 5 band." Adds Huss: "It's some refreshingly un-P.C. adult entertainment. Keep the kids away, you prick." Steve Allen Theater at the Center for Inquiry West, 4773 Hollywood Blvd., Hlywd.; Wed., Dec. 7, 8 p.m.; $10. (323) 666-4268, steveallentheater.com.
Wed., Dec. 7, 8 p.m., 2011