Sonny & Cher meets the Muppets. On acid.
Scooty & JoJo have been putting on various incarnations of their “club act” since Fall of 1999 when Scooty invited JoJo to be his accompanist for a celebration of the Kander-Ebb musical Cabaret at Seattle’s shuttered-but-never-to-be-forgotten great tranny divebar Foxes. Since then, they have performed as a song-and-comedy-and-puppets team throughout the country. Below is a quick retrospective of highlights once we established ourselves in Chicago.
THANK GOD! IT’S THE SCOOTY & JOJO SHOW played at Chicago’s Mary’s Attic November 6 to December 12, 2007. The birth of The Scooty & JoJo Show’s variety programming in Chicago, it was a highly irreverent, ever-evolving variety showcase of comedy, song, special guest stars, and big-headed church puppets.
Featured Performers: Charis Boyd, Scott Bradley, Libby Lane, & Jonny Stax; Band Members: Dan Apadoca & Eric Engleson; Writers: Jeff Goode & Scott Bradley; Production Manager: Chris Tisone; Costume Designer: Bill Morey; Director: Scott Bradley; Musical Direction: Jonny Stax
Special Guest Stars: Chris Zonada, Diana Lawrence, Smith & Grimm
THE SCOOTY & JOJO SHOW VARIETY HOUR played Chicago’s The Spot and Mary’s Attic, April 2008. Featured Performers: Charis Boyd, Scott Bradley, Clayton Faits, Calidonia Olivares, Jonny Stax; Writers: Nick Zagone & Scott Bradley; Production Manager: Chris Tisone; Costume Designer: Bill Morey; Director: Scott Bradley; Musical Direction: Jonny Stax
Special Guest Stars: Chris Zonada, Smith & Grimm
THE HOMO SHOW played Chicago’s Subterranean on July 27 (Scooty’s Birthday!) 2009. Produced by About Face Theatre, it featured Scooty & JoJo, Dinner is Served, Lahore Vagistan, Hot Toddy, Earthe St3. James, Kidd from the House of Chanel, Leslie and the LY’s, The Flannel Pant Suits, Lez BoBo, MKNG FRNDZ, and Rebecca Kling. See clip here.
DIVA BRUNCH played Chicago’s The Spot 2009-2011. On March 1st, 2009, Chicago’s first “wear your pancake and eat it too” variety brunch extravaganza was born – DIVA BRUNCH. Every Sunday, The Spot’s main dining room was transformed into a gilded glamor den where guests could feast on specialty brunch cuisine as Divas and Dames of all genders provided the entertainment. Scooty & JoJo hosted DIVA BRUNCH every week throughout 2009 and then shared hosting duties with guest acts throughout 2010 and 2011. Go to page. View clips.
Special Appearances include:
MCCC 20th Anniversary (2010), hosts
About Face Theatre Wonka Ball (2011), hosts – promo clip
Stage 773 Opening Gala (2012), featured act
Chicago Reader Pride Cruise (2012), hosts
Metro Chicago 30th Anniversary (2012), featured act
The Admiral Theatre “Bride of the Stripping Dead” (2012), featured act – promo clip