Tony Clifton in Chicago!

Last Friday at the Chopin Theatre I had the great pleasure of catching the new act from show business legend Tony Clifton.  Some of you may remember when, years ago,  Andy Kaufman would embarrassingly drop Clifton’s name to try to further his own career. Well, 20 or so years later Tony is back and bigger than ever, and when was the last time you saw Kaufman doing anything? I guess Tony Clifton proves that it pays to be a nice guy.

Clifton is touring with his Kiss-My-Ass-Katrina-Orchestra and a troupe of very lovely burlesque dancers. Last night was the end of the Chicago run, but you can experience the magic in Burlington, Vermont on September 9th and New York City on September 10th. Proceeds from the show go toward Comic Relief’s work on behalf of artists affected by Hurricane Katrina.

photo: Jim Newberry
Tony Clifton at the Chopin Theatre in Chicago. Photo: Jim Newberry
photo: Jim Newberry
Tony Clifton at the Chopin Theatre in Chicago. Photo: Jim Newberry
photo: Jim Newberry
Tony Clifton douses the audience with Jack Daniels at the Chopin Theatre in Chicago. Photo: Jim Newberry
Tony Clifton checks the lyrics while singing "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald." Photo: Jim Newberry
Tony Clifton checks the lyrics while singing "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald." (Tell that girl to stop literally undressing me with her eyes!) Photo: Jim Newberry