UPDATE: Our winner is Jon Hurtado.
ORIGINAL ENTRY: Help me out here, will you? I have the opportunity to “interview” any of the puppet characters in “Avenue Q” in advance of the national tour coming to the Saroyan Theatre Feb. 23 and 24. But I can’t decide which one to pick!
So I’m taking a poll. Let me know which “Avenue Q” character I should interview — and give me a question or two you’ve always been dying to know the answer to. As an incentive, I’ll pick one person at random from among those who comment on this post to award TWO orchestra-seat tickets to the 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23 performance. (And get this: the freebie tickets are in Row Q. How appropriate.)
Our usual giveaway rules apply, so if you’ve won something within the past 30 days, you aren’t eligible for the prize. (But you can still vote in the poll — just indicate in your comment that you’re a recent prize winner.) No repeat comments, please. You’ll need to pick up your tickets at The Bee’s front lobby. Complete rules after the jump. Deadline for ticket giveaway: 5 p.m. Friday.
In the meantime, also on the jump, I’ll provide a primer of the “Avenue Q” characters for those of you who haven’t memorized the lyrics to “The Internet is for Porn.”
THE ‘AVENUE Q’ PUPPETS
Princeton: A naÃ¯ve college graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in English, looking for his purpose in life. In an on/off relationship with Kate.
Kate Monster: A feisty, romantic kindergarten teaching assistant who falls in love with Princeton. Her dream in life is to open a school for monsters due to having been subjected to anti-monster prejudice throughout her life.
Rod: A closeted Republican investment banker. He is secretly in love with Nicky. A parody of Bert from Sesame Street.
Nicky: Rod’s sweet, yet messy and jobless roommate. A parody of Ernie from Sesame Street.
Trekkie Monster: A Cookie Monster-parody, addicted to Internet porn instead of cookies. It is later revealed that he has acquired large sums of money from investing in pornography.
Lucy The Slut: A sexy, promiscuous night club singer. She seduces Princeton and subsequently leaves him, and in the process is sent to the hospital after Kate unintentionally drops a penny on her head from the top of the Empire State Building. She later becomes a born-again Christian and reaffirms her chastity.
Mrs. Thistletwat: Kate’s unpleasant, racist boss and kindergarten teacher.
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