Wednesday March 9, 2010
This will first be a comment on The Palm Springs Follies and then a rant about the host Riff Markowitz.
The Follies were just as I suspected they would be, a troupe of former entertainers who still have it in them to entertain but like all of the rest of us have met some limitations.
There are eleven women and five men in the company. They are all entertaining but their days as high kickers are over, except for a couple of the men who could still get the feet over their heads and one who could do a flying splits move. Of the five men three are gay. The costumes are quite spectacular and the music although obviously digitized is good and did not overwhelm the singing voices of the all seniors cast. The youngest cast member is a woman who, if I remember correctly is sixty two. The oldest is also a woman and I think she is seventy eight.
The Four Preps were the guest stars last night and although only two were original to the group they sounded very much like they did in the 50’s and 60’s when they were popular.
I am glad I got my ticket at the discount price of $52.00. I think if had paid the full price of $72.00 I would have been disappointed with what I saw.
Now Riff Markowitz. He is the host of the show, and I believe the owner of the company. He insulted everyone in the room. He made jokes that were slurs against, Jews, young people, gays and seniors. I did not laugh at his jokes, nor did I applaud anything he did. As a senior gay man I was doubly insulted and his slurs against young people and Jews just embarrassed me. He is a comedian in the same vein as Don Rickles and I always found him offensive too. Joan Rivers is cut from the same cloth and thank goodness they are all fading out. Unfortunately, just like cheap polyester, they won’t go away.
The seniors and the gays in Palm Springs, and without those two groups Palm Springs would be a ghost town, should take action and boycott The Palm Springs Follies until they replace Markowitz with someone who is more aware of the changes in sensibility to all identifiable groups and who understands that entertainment doesn’t have to be offensive to be entertaining.