PHOTO CALL: The Skivvies Heat Up the Highline with Guests Leigh Ann Larkin, Alice Ripley, Mitch Jarvis, Adam Kantor and Joseph Morales
By Matthew Blank
Tony Award winner Alice Ripley, Mitchell Jarvis and Leigh Ann Larkin were among the performers joining the Skivvies for their Jan. 28 concert and video premiere at the Highline Ballroom.
The 8 PM concert celebrated the premiere of the Skivvies music video for their new single "Harbody Howdown." The line-up also featured Next to Normal Tony winner Ripley, as well Adam Kantor and Joseph Morales.
Highlights included: Larkin making her Skivvies debut with an animal-themed medley that included Bloodhound Gang's "The Bad Touch," Morales showing off his hip hop chops with Eminem's "Love The Way You Lie," Ripley belting an emotional rendition of Alanis Morissette's "You Oughta Know" and Adam Kantor saving the day filling in for a detained Wesley Taylor on the "Call Your Girlfriend/Call Me/Call Me Maybe" mashup after having earlier delivered "Payphone."
Audiences were also treated to such favorites as "We Found Love," "Diet Mountain Dew," "Pumped Up Kicks," "Umbrella," "Video Killed the Radio Star" and "I Feel the Foxy Earth Move."Comprising actor-musicians Lauren Molina (Sweeney Todd, Marry Me a Little) and Nick Cearley (All Shook Up), the Skivvies are known for their acoustic performances of pop songs, wearing nothing but their underwear. The duo and their guests play instruments ranging from the cello, ukulele, guitar and glockenspiel to the melodica.
The music video for "Hardbody Hoedown" was directed by "Running With Scissors" author Augusten Burroughs.
"Hardbody Hoedown" is described as a bluegrass-tinged parody mega-medley of hip-hop songs about body parts. "The mashups we’ve been doing at our live shows naturally led us to our parody single, 'Hardbody Hoedown,' where we give the filthiest rap the prettiest twang," Cearley said in a statement.
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