Nothing says Christmas like warm jammies, freshly baked cookies, and a glass of cold milk for Santa. Oh, and a good old underwear rendezvous with friends! The Skivvies are here to crash that party.
The Skivvies was born when Lauren Molina was walking around her apartment in a bra while she and Nick Cearley were preparing to film a stripped down arrangement of Rihanna’s “We Found Love” for YouTube. Molina told Cearley, “We are stripping down the arrangement. We could do a whole stripped down music series for YouTube in our underwear.”
Sex sells, remember? The video soon garnered thousands of views. “It’s the oldest trick in the book,” says Cearley. “But, hey, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
Now the duo, who perform their arrangements with a revolving door of celebrity guests, are putting The Skivvies stamp all over the holiday season with Holiday ROADKILL. “We love exposing the irreverence of pop music, and we take that to the next level with holiday songs,” says Molina.
The New York concerts featured BD Wong singing “Hard Candy Christmas,” Steve Rosen performing a mash-up of “One Song Glory” and “Glory of Love” (think Karate Kid II not Bette Midler), Randy Harrison as Jesus doing a mash-up of “In Da Club” and “Hold On” (he’ll be returning for the San Francisco shows), Matt Doyle singing a mash-up of “Winter Wonderland” and “Your Body is a Wonderland,” and more.
Most importantly, Cearley and Molina are offering audiences laughter amidst a frightening post-election reality. Through humor, the duo and their guests celebrate and champion the LGBTQ community, women, and other marginalized groups. “We just did a show in Florida, which went to Trump, and Lauren [Molina] told a story that involved anti-Trump banter. The audience actually cheered and applauded,” says Cearley. “I think it is important to use our literal stage to spread love and positive messages more than ever now that we are in a world that seems a lot more scary,” adds Molina.
Young, old, straight, gay, somewhere in between, Holiday ROADKILL appeals to anyone who appreciates a deft blend of music and comedy. “We had an 85-year-old woman in Key West come up to us after a show and tell us that we were the most fun concert she's ever been to in her life,” says Molina. “We have actually had more than one occasion where straight couples have come to the show and thanked us later that their child was conceived after they saw a Skivvies show,” adds Cearley. “I don’t know what that means, but I am pretty certain that means straight people are having a pretty great time at our shows too.”
Holiday ROADKILL has big shoes to fill after Christmas 2015. “One of my favorite memories is from last year's holiday show when Nick Adams didn't tell anyone he was stripping off his onesie into wearing just a sock,” says Molina. “That one wins for me too,” adds Cearley. “It was like, ‘Surprise! Cock in a sock! Merry Christmas!’”
Watch the video to see for yourself:
The Skivvies bring Holiday ROADKILL, featuring Randy Harrison, Jen Brooks, Nick Sweeney, and Lauren Hart, to San Francisco’s Strand Theatre at ACT for three shows from December 22 to 23, 2016. For tickets and information about other upcoming dates visit TheSkivviesNYC.com.