Over the last year we’ve continued to keep you updated on the craziness and creativity that is Our Hit Parade. The live top-ten countdown show is a cabaret created by Tony nominee and Obie winner Kenny Mellman (Kiki & Herb), Bridget Everett, Neal Medlyn, producer and MTV cameraman Brendan Kennedy, and writers Ada Calhoun and Peter Schjeldahl. It is inspired by the musical sketch series Your Hit Parade that ran on radio and then television from 1935 to 1959. On that show, cast members performed the week’s most popular songs as comically literal skits. Today the show is performed as cabaret with a rotating cast of guest musicians in New York City.
June’s Edition, performed at Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater on June 28th, included a couple funny and a few more serious and well done covers. Scott Matthew hits a sweet spot on the uke with Rihanna’s “Only Girl In The World,” while Varsity Interpretive Dance Squad(VIDS) acts out Ke$ha’s “Blow” in a hilarious dance skit. Kenny Mellman, with Mike Jackson on guitar, belts out a strong Mumford And Sons’ “The Cave” and the show starts hopping when the Care Bears on Fire with Joey Koneko, Tavi and guests perform Lady Gaga’s “Edge of Glory.” Watch all the insanity below.
Scott Matthew – Only Girl In The World (Rihanna cover)
VIDS – Blow (Ke$ha cover)
Kenny Mellman and Mike Jackson – The Cave (Mumford and Sons cover)
Care Bears On Fire w/ Joey Koneko and Tavi – The Edge of Glory (Lady Gaga cover)