Velvet Banana Cabaret
nytheatre.com q&a preview by The Evil Hate Monkey
May 23, 2013
What is your job on this show?
What is your show about?
Velvet Banana is a wild, 90 minute cabaret ride that has loads of laughs, monkey-like acrobatics, erotic trapeze stunts and banana-flavored insanity.
When did you know you wanted to work in the theater, and why?
I was always a flamboyant primate. I've been swinging from vines in tiny costumes since my chimpfancy, it was just a matter of time before I found my way to NYC. It’s kind of taboo now to have chimps in shows cause of animal rights and stuff, but I love my life on the stage and audiences really love monkey business.
Are audiences in New York City different from audiences in other cities/countries where you’ve performed? If so, how?
NYC audiences are the best in the world. They like to get wild with me and I will swing from the rafters to make sure they have a good time. We just did a two month tour in Australia a few months ago and their breath all smelled like Vegemite. I like it better here where people's breath just smells like booze.
Do you think the audience will talk about your show for 5 minutes, an hour, or way into the wee hours of the night?
I wrote and perform this show with my beautiful and talented wife, Trixie Little. We have been performing together for 10 years and have been married for one year. I think that's the part that interests people the most about the show- they like hearing her tell stories about what it's like being married to a monkey. And our finale to Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart" is really emotional.
Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
The "S" word that describes me best would be SMART. Chimps are highly intelligent. Trixie is right up there with Jane Goodall. She has spent years doing field research, trying to understand the complex inner workings of the monkey mind. She tells me all the time that I'm a smart ass, which I think is a great compliment.
Who are your heroes?
My heroes are Nim Chimpsky for being the first chimp to learn sign language; Albert I-VI for sacrificing their lives as the first six monkeys NASA sent to space; Kanzi who was such an errudite Bonobo; and Bubbles because he had such a weird life in the public eye.