Our esteemed editor/host of the night was NYC man-about-town and Playgirl head honcho Daniel Nardicio. Hosts Greg Walloch and Mark Allen knew that Daniel could very well steal the show, as he’s a man of many talents. But he floored the audience with stories about Playgirl‘s history, landing Levi Johnston in the mag (and some other political and non-political celebs he said no to…we won’t name names), his recent turn on the wacky Bravo reality show The A-List, his Fire Island Share For Wayward Boys community outreach program, his notorious Sh*t Show, and other quick witticisms and wacky asides. We know you organize parties and look at audition photos of naked guys all day long Daniel… but you belong on the mic!
Up first were two special guests, the lovely and talented photographer Sarah Small and photographer/studly-model Sydney Etienne. The two discussed a shoot Sarah did for Playgirl years ago, where Sydney was the model. They even brought copies of the magazine to pass around! Of course, a true test of any performer’s talent is passing out pictures of naked guys for the audience to gawk at before you speak, and then still commanding their attention from the stage… and Sarah and Sydney pulled it off, sharing warm/awkward moments from the afternoon they did the shoot. Then Daniel Nardicio and Sarah dished a bit about different people that have been working at Playgirl since Daniel came on board. Sarah Small should know what she’s talking about, as the creator of the much-ballyhooed “Tableau Vivant of the Delirium Constructions” photo art piece (that Sydney participated in).
Next up was the man lots of people are talking about: performer David Crabb! David shared a piece from his upcoming one man show Bad Kid, which involved working in a store as a teen where a (male) kid once tried to steal a copy of Playgirl, and got confronted by his mother in front of everyone in the shop after getting caught. Scary! Also, not the ending we would have predicted! We can see why David is a Moth Story Slam multiple winner, among many other things… his no-frills presentation relied on his delivery alone. Gripping! Funny! Daniel Nardicio was moved…everybody was! A name to watch! Thanks David!
Ex-model/go go boy and current star crooner Gregory Nalbone happened next. What a stage show! Gregory brought highlights from his modeling career to project on his abs… uh, we mean behind him on the wall, as he told a rather Jersey Shore-esque tale about how Playgirl magazine helped him realize his true sexuality while growing up in a very, very Italian part of New Jersey. Not only was the visual presentation stunning, but Gregory’s funny/dramatic racconto had people howling (and some of the women in the audience squirming!) Gregory even cried real tears at one point! Wow! Bellissimo Gregory!
Then out of nowhere Randy Jones from the original Village People suddenly made an impromptu appearance at Pitch! (Daniel Nardicio was able to call him, book him, and have his show up on cue…all from his editor’s desk on stage within minutes! we told you: talented!) Randy was a scream as always, and graphically shared his experience posing for Playgirl many years ago. There was so much screaming and drink slinging from the stage during this brief moment of chaos that we forgot to take any photos. Whoops! Well, the audience went nuts for him! Thanks Randy!
Performance artist Karl Marxxx was up next. Never one to go halfway in his conceptual art…well, you be the judge: Karl first impressed Daniel Nardicio with a numbered list of seven straight-up pitches for the pages of Playgirl. There were some great ideas for photo spreads, columns and conceptual stunts for the magazine (we won’t give them away…but we will say Daniel was impressed). The last idea of Karl’s involved a hairy/non-hairy male compare and contrast spread, which Karl said he’d be happy to model (he does have a rockin’ bod) as he’d showed up for the show with exactly half of his body shaved…right down the line! Everybody gasped as he disrobed. Later, after the show at a local San Loco, Karl showed some of us that had gathered that he indeed did shave all of his body halfway (the Lower East Side: where you can get cheap Mexican food at 1AM, and see a guy showing his half-shaved penis to everyone, and no one bats an eye…we love NYC!) Thanks for bringing it Karl! Dazzling!
Thennnnn… it was time to show everyone the audience audition photos for Playgirl that various guys had emailed to us for Daniel’s approval (or not). This was definitely the highlight/lowlight climax of the show. The audience alternately howled, catcalled and cringed (a few people left!) as we projected each potential model, in all their glory, on the wall and read their turn-ons and turn-offs out loud. Dixon Place was uh, okay with us doing this…we think. A few of the submissions were legit from great-looking guys (thanks guys! Daniel has your contact info) but some were howlers, intentional or not, and some were just straight up bizarre. Everyone screamed but then later told us they loved it. Thanks to Casey, LeNair, Lambert, Daniel, John, Patrick, Rick, Rudolf, Soren, Franklin, Ray, Ralph, Tony and The Reverant Reverand Pastor Leader Minister & Founder Steve Sandberg of Church of the Ass for your submissions! We hope to see you in Playgirl‘s pages! (or maybe not!)
Super-pro Nathan Phillips was up next. Nathan is a funny guy and quite the looker (Daniel said so right away!) and chose to read a piece he’s written about Daniel Nardicio on his iPad just an hour before the show started! (oh yeah, isn’t this event supposed to be about writing?) It was categorically the funniest piece all night. Not only did Nathan get the unofficial “winner” choice from Daniel, but he had to leave right away as he was being whisked off to perform at the Edinburgh Festival 2011 in Scotland. Thanks Nathan! Bon Voyage!
Thanks to all our performers: David Crabb, Gregory Nalbone, Karl Marxxx, Nathan Phillips, Sarah Small, Sydney Ettienne and Randy Jones, who all “went there,” and to our witty and talented editor Daniel Nardicio of Playgirl. And to all the guys who submitted audience audition pics! And most of all thanks to our dirty, dirty, dirty audience…you guys and gals rock!!!
See you next month, for a very fashionable “Pitch!”