Our question (you notice I've become a plural — merely a clever device to make me appear to be a real, big-shot journalist) here at Cool, Cool World is this: how many tubes of Vicks Vaseline did Little Chi Chi have to slather all over himself in order to achieve the near-Olympian level of writhing and squirming exhibited on the show?

And yes, all you master sleuths out there just waiting to pounce, Phillipe & Jorge did endorse Chi Chi in the 2010 elections (yet another clever device — subtly implicating my former writing partner). The fact is that we largely agreed with a lot of the Chi Chi agenda and strongly disagreed with much of the platform of his Republican opponent, former State Representative John Loughlin.

So our first sentence still stands: you've got the right string, baby, but the wrong yoyo.


THE UNKNOWN COMIC

I ran into Bob Sweet at Phoebe Legere's performance at Chan's a couple of weeks back. Bob is a producer of theatrical performances and he is very enthusiastic about a show he's bringing to the Comedy Connection next week. (I need not add that he was also incredibly enthusiastic about Ms. Legere's performance as was everyone who was there and, I promise, I will not indulge in further Phoebe boosterism for the rest of this column. On the other hand, next week is next week.)

Sweet describes the event he is producing as a "one-man, multi-media stage show" starring Pawtucket-born Bob Perlow. He may not be a household name, but he is ubiquitous on the West Coast comedy circuit: for the past 30 years or so, Perlow has been the busiest and best-known "warm-up" comic in the business.

A warm-up comic gets live audiences for TV shows into the proper "relaxed and ready to laugh" mood, and you can bet that it is an art form. Perlow has long been known as the best in the business.

So if you're a serious stand-up comedy fan, I would presume that this show would be irresistible. It's running two consecutive Thursdays, on May 5 and May 12, at the Comedy Connection, 39 Warren Avenue, East Providence at 8 pm. The show is directed by Steven Feinberg.

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