If you are a fan of live entertainment, mayhem and absurdity that points a mocking finger at what’s wrong in this world, then this Friday, don’t miss The Holy Sh*t Show
, a vaudeville circus game show that lampoons Scientology!
A proper skewering of the notorious cult could only come from Jamie DeWolf
, great-grandson of L. Ron Hubbard himself, and an outspoken critic of the church. DeWolf is the host and mastermind of the award-winning, madcap Tourettes Without Regrets
, one of the wildest and most creatively raw variety shows in the Bay Area.
DeWolf’s current venture takes the kind of performances he's known for, featuring comedy, burlesque, circus arts, slam poetry, and audience participation, loads them like rounds into an AK-47 of a show, and places Scientology firmly in its sights. The blacklisted, redheaded stepchild will wage war against all forms of religious zealotry.
Expect creation myths retold in interpretive dance, saviors on stripper poles, a battle-rap roasting Hubbard, as well as infamous cult figures singing songs and slamming each other in dirty haiku. Nothing is sacred and no jokes, or zealots, are left behind. You may even see Tom Cruise, Jim Jones, Charles Manson, David Koresh, Jesus Christ and Xenu himself portrayed right on stage. Competitive audience battles will ensue in a series of increasingly deranged contests.
Just like his great grandfather, DeWolf shares the kind of charisma and frenetic energy that commands crowds, without the pyramid schemes and evil, intergalactic warlords.
DeWolf said, “The line between showmanship and cult master is pretty thin. If L. Ron had been a mutant, his superpower would have been storytelling.”
DeWolf’s sexy shows similarly peddle a bit of fantasy to hungry crowds, but never take themselves too seriously. While L. Ron Hubbard spun tales to build a temple of narcissism that left him a billionaire, DeWolf frames himself as more of the anti-hero, cultivates shows that celebrate individuality, and doesn’t make any real money off of them. Your cover charge will gain you entry, but not salvation.
When asked what motivated him to create the show DeWolf said, “I’ve met people who lost entire families to it, people who lost 30 years of their life, were systematically brainwashed and broken down, then subjected to abuse and bullying tactics to silence them. Most people don’t know the true stories, or how terrifying and dangerous they actually are. Even though it’s hard to find anything funny about the human wreckage my great-granddad left behind, including what continues to be done to people who just want to better themselves, humor is still a powerful weapon. And it’s in my nature to be the wild card joker while exposing them."
His riveting spoken word performance about his great-grandfather, The God And The Man
, has received over 1.4 million views on YouTube.
In addition to the zaniness, the show will begin with special guests Tony Ortega
and Paulette Cooper
, who will lead a no holds barred discussion and Q&A. Two of the most knowledgeable journalists on the subject of Scientology, Ortega was featured in HBO’s "Going Clear"
, and Paulette Cooper wrote one of the first exposes about the cult in the 1970s, which resulted in her being ruthlessly targeted by the infamous cult.
This irreverent event is sure to be a darkly comic carnival ride that is as entertaining as it is eye-opening and boundary pushing. It would not even be surprising to find oneself sitting among spies sent from the Church of Scientology right here in San Francisco. To add even more intrigue, it is in a secret location, only revealed to those who buy tickets. So buy them here
, and check out the line up.
The Holy Sh*t Show,
Friday, May 22, 7-11 p.m., San Francisco