San Jose Stage Company rolls out the red carpet Monday for the 19th annual Monday Night Live! fundraiser. The question is: Who will steal the show this year?
A sketch comedy event in which local celebrities, politicians and business people satirize the issues Silicon Valley is facing, as well as themselves, MNL!-Nineteen will be guest hosted by Councilmember and style guru Nancy Pyle, of District 10.
Pyle has attended every Monday Night Live! since she took office eight years ago, and apparently she’ll be dressed to impress. “I have quite a few clothes, because I’ve always liked classy styles and a lot of those don’t go out of style,” Pyle said of her selection to host the last Monday Night Live! before she is termed out of office. “So, I do have quite a collection and people have noticed. I think it was something they could build a script around.”
Last year, County Supervisor and former San Jose councilman Dave Cortese hosted the event, which included the subdued supe rapping Notorious B.I.G. lyrics. However, it was Councilmember Don Rocha who turned heads last year when he went shirtless during an Apocalypse Now-sinpired sketch with Harry Mavrogenes, the former Redevelopment Agency chief. While the 2011 show received positive reviews, the event in 2010 got a little nasty.
Monday Night Live! begins at 6pm Monday with a catered reception and cocktail “schmooze-fest” in the Courtyard of San Jose Stage Company. The band plays to the opening curtain at 8pm, followed by hilarious live comedy lampooning some of San Jose’s most prominent figures, including special guest star Joe Horwedel, the city of San Jose’s Director of Planning, Building and Code Enforcement, who will be subjected to the fun.
“There is no shortage of issues this year: the mayor’s race, pension reform, San Jose card rooms, just to name a few,” said Jerry Stangis, President of the Board of Directors of the San Jose Stage Company.
Previous guests of Monday Night Live! include San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed; former mayors Ron Gonzales, Susan Hammer and Tom McEnery; Sheriff Laurie Smith; Councilmember Pete Constant; former councilmembers Cindy Chavez, Margie Matthews, Charlotte Powers and Forrest Williams (who was played surprisingly well by a muppet last year); supervisors Dave Cortese and George Shirakawa Jr.; former District Attorney Dolores Carr; and State Assembly members Jim Beall and Nora Campos.
“I’m looking forward to hosting Monday Night Live!” said Councilmember Pyle. “This is my chance to make comments that I normally wouldn’t be able to, all in good fun. I hope everybody has a good time.”