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Kenny Mellman & Bridget Everett/Sexercise Live!
09.10.08 at SomeDay Lounge
2008 Time-Based Art Festival, PICA
Photo by CaroleZoom
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Posted by Dusty Hoesly
Sexercise Live!, a cabaret act performed by Kenny Mellman and Bridget Everett, is as funny as it is sexy. Running through the repertoire of Millie Jackson, as well as songs by a few others, Mellman and Everett recreate a live show by the bawdy and talented Ms. Jackson, but also take it further by undressing and lap dancing. It is a showcase for Everett’s talent, with Mellman rarely singing, save one song about a man cheating on him. The main theme of the night: go out and get some.


The show begins with Everett dispensing sex advice, admonishing women to “get an ugly man.” Throughout the night, she gyrates and moans orgasmically, lifts her skirt, humps a man’s lap offstage, takes off her clothes down to bra and panty, and face-plants in a man’s lap during the finale while singing “Smell Yo Dick.” She rips on the “skinny bitches” who eat right and go to the gym but who never admit to farting first thing in the morning, who have jobs and healthcare but who just lay there in bed during sex.
The highlight of the night is a hilarious video for the song “Sexercise” featuring Neal Medlyn in a leotard, performing various sex exercises like pumping his ass, swiveling his hips, and stretching his legs behind his head. He does some of these exercises on a bed and others in a public park. Everett belts out the lyrics with throaty passion as Mellman pumps the piano.
Some songs work better than others, as they range from love songs to raunchy sex odes to broken-hearted sad songs. The best include: “Lick It Before You Stick It,” “If You’re Not Back In Love By Monday,” “(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don’t Want to Be Right,” and “Will You Love Me Tomorrow.” Alternating between the sad and the sexy, Mellman and Everett bring home the goods, get us lathered up, and send us into the night ready to go out and get some.
Posted by Dusty Hoesly