Impersonations Galore Set For La MaMa Telethon, Jan. 23

News   Impersonations Galore Set For La MaMa Telethon, Jan. 23
 
The Labor Day telethon may offer Tony Orlando and John Ritter, but only at La MaMa's Telethon will you get Carol Channing, Little Richard, Andy Rooney, Siegfried & Roy and supermodel Ragu Mountain Woman. La MaMa's isn't a real telethon, of course; it's a new comedy by gender illusionists David Ilku and Ken Bullock.

The Labor Day telethon may offer Tony Orlando and John Ritter, but only at La MaMa's Telethon will you get Carol Channing, Little Richard, Andy Rooney, Siegfried & Roy and supermodel Ragu Mountain Woman. La MaMa's isn't a real telethon, of course; it's a new comedy by gender illusionists David Ilku and Ken Bullock.

. The two first met while playing separate gigs in Provincetown, in the summer of 1996. After an Off-Off-Off Broadway tryout at a venue called "Mother," Telethon now inaugurates the season at La MaMa's Club, Jan. 23.

Ilku is a member of "The Duelling Bankheads," who appeared at La MaMa in Double Take, Slow Burn (Mugs Ahoy!) and Jail Babes. Bullock has created such characters as Joe Bob Kim, a kung-fu gas station attendant; David-Marie, a cornpone cross-gender performance artist; and Ragu Mountain Woman, a toothless hag who imagines herself to be the next Claudia Shiffer.

Telethon, directed by Joshua Rosenzweig, runs Jan. 23-Feb. 1 at the Club at La MaMa E.T.C. On East 4th St. "It may take a village to raise a child," reads the press release, "but it takes a team of celebs to raise money for `manic depressives and co-dependent people from dysfunctional families who have dyslexia and attention deficit disorder.'" For tickets ($12) and information call (212) 475-7710.

--By David Lefkowitz

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