|Jason Parrish as Crumpet|
Parrish seems to have been born to play the part of David/Crumpet. He is a great comedic actor, and did a wonderful job mimicking the other players in the world of Santaland. I actually felt at times like he was channeling Nathan Lane. Of course, he did have truly funny material to work with. I would be hard-pressed to say which vignette made me laugh the loudest. Was it his recollection of a parent who, when faced with a kid who had to go to the bathroom after standing on line for an hour, told her son to pee into the snow surrounding Santa's house? (Appearances to the contrary, they WERE on the 8th floor of Macy's.) Or perhaps it was the story about when one of the Santas ordered Crumpet to sing "Amazing Grace" and he did so (very well) a la Billie Holiday. Or maybe it was the tale of an African-American woman (with plenty of attitude) who didn't feel the Santa on duty was quite dark-skinned enough. To hear David Sedaris share some of the stories from his real life experience as an elf, click here.
|Gene and Jan at the show|