- ALREADY HAPPENED:
The Full Moon Show With MC Extraordinaire Paul Alexander
April 11, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
A Tom Murrin/Alien Comic Invention
Every Month on the Full Moon
MC Extraordinaire Paul Alexander uses his mic as a divining rod to get to the bottom of . . . all this. From whirling dervishes to house parties, big answers have often been found on the dance floor.
To celebrate April’s Dancing Moon, MC Alexander will be laying down the law at Howl! International nightclub royalty, Alexander has been dubbed Voice Of The Night.
As vocalist with The Ones, and an MC at the legendary Tuesday evening extravaganza, Jackie 60, Paul honed his talents. He is currently casting his new Musical Trinket’s (a fairy tale set in a 20th century meat-packing district) at the Gene Frankel Theater.
Howl!’s bi-coastal Full Moon Show curators and co-hosts Salley May and Tony Stinkmetal perform a long-distance tango via Skype as Salley brings the party to L.A. See you on the dance floor—in this case, the sidewalk outside Howl! Happening—and let the firm hand of MC Paul Alexander guide you to express your fear and rage and hope and love.
Get to work, children!
About Tom Murrin and the Full Moon Show
Howl! Happening houses the archives of Tom Murrin. Murrin, aka the Alien Comic, is known as the Godfather of Performance Art. Every full moon, Tom performed the Full Moon Show in honor of his moon goddess, Luna Macaroona. When he had a club date that fell on the full moon, he’d wrangle his friends to perform as his guests—pushing the careers of such groundbreaking performers as David Cale, David Sedaris, Amy Sedaris, Blue Man Group, Ethyl Eichelberger, Lisa Kron and many others. If not, he performed on the street for passersby, transforming the pedestrian atmosphere with his madness and magic. Howl! Happening’s monthly series continues that tradition, with performances in the gallery and surprise pop up performances on the street.
About The Tom Murrin Archive
Howl! Happening is the repository of the Tom Murrin Archive comprising masks, costumes, scripts, correspondence, photographs, and tapes of performances going back to the early 70s. Murrin (February 8, 1939 – March 12, 2012) also known as The Alien Comic and Jack Bump, was a performance pioneer whose life and work inspired both artists and audiences for over 40 years. He was a member of the first generation of La MaMa playwrights. Tom wrote four plays performed through La MaMa and produced by John Vacarro’s Play-House of the Ridiculous, including the offbeat hit, Cock Strong, which toured with Ellen Stewart’s La MaMa Troupe to Paris, Amsterdam and Brussels.
Under the guidance of rock manager Jane Friedman, Tom began to perform under the name Alien Comic, opening for acclaimed punk bands in rock clubs such as CBGBs and Max’s Kansas City. As Alien Comic he performed in such venues as The Pyramid, 8BC, King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, Performance Space 122, Dixon Place, La MaMa, and more. Since the mid 80s, he’s created, performed, and curated a series of variety nights at Performance Space 122, and La Mama Experimental Theatre Club and Dixon Place, called The Full Moon Show. His plays Sport-Fuckers and Butt-Crack Bingo were produced at Theater for the New City and La MaMa and directed by David Levine. Tom was the first performance artist to appear on stage at the original Dixon Place location at 37 East First Street in 1986.
Image: P. Alexander