A Fun Affair for a Serious Cause
Try to imagine the theatrical love child of Politically Incorrect and Forbidden Broadway and you’ll have an idea of what the “Les Girls 12” show was like. It validated the fact that politics is a funny business, especially if you get celebrities to do political satire for the “Les Girls” cabaret song-fest event. The song parodies had ripped-from-the-headlines lyrics put to familiar Broadway tunes. And sexy singing TV stars got together to make fun of the lawmakers, as well as law-breakers in D.C.
Liberals were skewered along with the conservatives for an important cause — to end breast cancer. The wildly popular fundraiser “Les Girls” was back for its 12th annual celebration. Monica Potter and Peter Krause from NBC’s Parenthood were co-hosts, plus Hollywood’s most talented personalities donated their performances for the National Breast Cancer Coalition Fund benefit.
The lineup of talent that made the affair wickedly funny included Barrett Foa (NCIS: LA) who played Mitt Romney and sang “I Believe” from The Book of Mormon, but made it more of an election song. It was a show-stopper, and the evening was filled with them at the Avalon Hollywood.
To the tune of “Secret Agent Man,” Eric McCormack spoofed the Secret Service scandal in Columbia, where the agents were hooking up with hookers. The energetic song and dance number had Ana Ortiz (Ugly Betty) as one of the Columbian “escorts.”
Also performing were Sharon Lawrence playing Sarah Palin, Robert Morse (Mad Men) as Dick Cheney, Shanola Hampton (Shameless) as Condoleezza Rice, Billy Valentine as Herman Cain, and Sam Harris (The Class) doing a running gag routine as Anderson Cooper reporting from the most unusual places.
Also performing were sexy Steven Weber, Peri Gilpin, Harriet Harris, Billy Val, Adam Busch, Adrienne Frantz, Larry Raben, David Engel, Scott Bailey, Mike McGowan, Brittany Shaw, Jenna Coker Jones, and Caren Brooks, among many others.
Jason Alexander was the creative producer of the show and funnyman Bruce Vilanch the consulting writer. The evening honored Stephanie Sperber, Universal Studios’ Universal Partnerships and Licensing (UP&L) president, with some well-deserved recognition. After battling the disease herself, Sperber was lauded for her passion and commitment to ending breast cancer for all of those at risk.
The entertaining affair kicked off by co-chairs Gerry Bernardi and Alec Call, plus NBCC president Fran Visco, helped raise funds for the National Breast Cancer Coalition Fund. The organization is dedicated to ending breast cancer by Jan. 1, 2020 through the power of grassroots action and advocacy. NBCC supports increased funding for breast cancer research, monitors how research funds are spent, expands access to quality health care for all, and ensures that trained advocates influence all decision making that impacts breast cancer. A serious cause that was helped by a great evening of fun and election year political humor.