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It’s His Party…. January 21, 2012

Filed under: David Saffert's Birthday Bashstravaganza,Uncategorized — tamara carroll @ 1:59 am

…and he’ll have an international piano duet with a world renowned Russian pianist if he wants to.

(note, WordPress has given me the option of preserving my precious photo phormatting or captioning my photos, so I must credit them here: Photo of David (left) by Mr. Gary Norman and photo of Vladimir Sultonov (right) by Mr. The Internet. And as an update to this post, let me say that V.S. looked incredibly handsome during his satellite transmission on Friday.

 

David Saffert is turning 37, and his Fertile Ground Birthday Bashtravaganza is turning 2! Last year’s inaugural show was a frenetic blend of reminiscent slide-show story-telling, a substantial sampling of Saffert’s virtuoso piano skills, and a sprinkling of sketch comedy from the cream of Curious Comedy’s crop (after viewing the aptly named and deeply disturbing “Jurrasic Pork” I am constantly vigilant against the sexual intentions of brightly colored dinosaur puppets). And this year promises even more surprises!

But WHO IS DAVID SAFFERT?!? Why does he want to put on a show for his birthday? Why will you LOVE it?

Well. Let’s learn a little more about the birthday boy, shall we? By day he tours with Portland Opera for their Opera to Go program, currently bringing Engelbert Humperdinck’s classic Hansel and Gretel to schools throughout Oregon (not that Engelbert Humperdinck, this Engelbert Humperdinck). By night he flexes his sketch and improv comedy muscles at Curious Comedy and, in recent memory, Action/Adventure‘s Fall of the House (I have no formal training in journalism, but I’m pretty sure I’m supposed to mention my affiliation with Action/Adventure at this point). Now that my bias is a matter of public record, allow me to say that David Saffert is one of the most delightful and entertaining people I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with.

Which is why I’ll be at his birthday party tonight, despite not being the biggest fan of classical music and having virtually no tolerance in general for other people talking about themselves. But it is his birthday, after all, an indulgence he relies upon while crafting his evening of entertainment.

“You know when it’s someone’s birthday and they want to go to Chili’s on their birthday, or they want to go to Applebee’s, and you’re like ‘Do we have to go to Applebee’s?’ But it’s their birthday and you go because you know that they’ll enjoy it….So no matter what [the audience] sees on stage there’s always the background of ‘Well, it’s his birthday and this is what he really wanted to do.”

While consciously testing the boundaries of just how far he can take this “We’re going to Applebee’s for my birthday” leeway, David maintains the clear goal of entertaining a diverse audience of the friends, family and, oh yes, strangers that filled Curious Comedy for two sold-out shows last year, and promises to again in just a few short hours. According to David, this year’s show is slightly less manic than it’s predecessor.

“I don’t want to say that it’s a better show, but it’s a more thought-out show. There’s more to bite in to.”

This blogger is just hoping that there’s enough cake to bite in to.

What: David Saffert’s Birthday Bashtravaganza 2! Older and Wisier
Where: Curious Comedy Theatre, 5225 NE MLK Blvd
When: 1/20 and 1/21 at 8pm
Tickets: $10 advance, $12 door
 

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