Saturday, October 6, 2007

Ernie Von Schmaltz Speaks to CoCA

Ernie Von Schmaltz:
A Man Who Can Perform

You can’t just have a boring night of hum drum sketching can you? Not when Dr. Sketchy is around anyway! “Ernie Von Schmaltz” performed as MC, entertaining our artists while the fetching Babette La Fave posed for the pencils. Why Ernie?

Because. .“Ernie is the perfect conduit to loosen up an uptight crowd,” said the man himself.

How did you come up with the name, "Ernie Von Schmaltz"?

“The name Ernie came about because of my female alter ego (Ernie's cousin) who also performs, Elsa. Elsa was the first to take the burlesque stage back in Nov. 2004. Ernie started performing later in spring of 2005. I wanted to have some sort of link between them in addition to sharing the "Von Schmaltz" name."

You use 2 alter egos?

Yes . . . “Elsa and Ernie never share a stage...Elsa has her own stuff and Ernie has his.”

Who is behind the stage group you perform with?

“The Von Foxies are a burlesque troupe- we are made up of 3 (really 4) members- Pidgeon Von Tramp, Heidi Von Haught, Ernie and Elsa Von Schmaltz.”

What are your performances like?

“We do mostly comedic burlesque- lots of bait and switch, making fun of pop culture, being really visually inventive. I would say those things are among the primary reasons we won the Miss Exotic World Best Troupe 2007 title.”

Congratulations on your success!

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