In this series of brief interviews, cruise ship worker, wannabe performer and celebrity stalker Lance talks about fame with the boldest and brightest names at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Lance also hosts his un-famous chat show “Late with Lance!” every day at 2:30pm at the Counting House. Fame may cost, but the show and this blog are free. www.LanceShow.com
Hi everybody! My name’s Lance. What’s yours? I chatted with Deanna Fleysher about her wonderfully engaging show Butt Kapinski, and fame. Here’s what she said…
Lance: Hi Deanna Fleysher! Is that your real name?
Deeana Fleysher: Yes.
Have you ever thought about changing your name so you’d be more famous?
Uhm, yeah. But I haven’t yet.
What would you change it to if you had your druthers?
Oh! I would see any show with the name D.D. Flasher on the flyer. But, I’d also see any show with the name Butt Kapinski on the flyer! Where did you come up with that name?
I believe all great comedy names are given. You don’t come up with them by yourself. A teacher gave me the name “Butt” and then a guy I was dating at the time gave me the name “Kapinski.”
And that didn’t work out?
No. But, the name did.
You win! So, you’ve done so many festivals around the world, when did you first realize you were famous?
Uhm…I think I realized it when I was very young. I had an inner glow and I looked great in the mirror.
A glow? You didn’t grow up near a nuclear power plant or anything like that?
No. Just from my fame.
How much did it cost you to become famous?
The respect of my parents.
I love that. How much do you think Liza Minnelli spent to become famous?
I don’t think that much. She had really famous parents.
What’s the worst thing about fame?
Not getting enough sleep.
Best thing about fame?
Not needing as much sleep.
I love these short answers. How does someone become famous in Edinburger?
I think you have to pay attention to your inner glow. And let that be your fame.
I see a line of T-shirts here. Have you ever seen the movie Fame and who’s your favorite character and why?
Leroy. Because he’s such a fuckin’ bad-ass and he’s such a good dancer and he dumps his girlfriend at the audition because he’s so much better than she is.
Yeah. That’s a really good reason to dump someone. Who’s the most famous person you know?
I mean, all of my friends are pretty famous. I don’t tend to be friends with anybody unless they’re really famous.
I’m so glad this interview will force us to be friends with each other. If you could be friends with one famous person who you’re not friends with now, who would it be?
Liza Minnelli would be really nice actually, right?
Well, there’s magic in the cards here. All you have to do is come to my show and you’ll get to meet her.
Why do you want to be friends with her?
She’s a big fucking star and I think that her work has been very influential to me from a very young age. I used to talk about how beautiful I thought she was and everyone thought I was crazy.
As it turned out, you became more beautiful and she became crazy.
I don’t think that’s true.
I’m just basing my opinion off of Liza not returning my calls. One last thing…tell us what Butt Kapinski thinks about fame.
Butt Kapinski thinks that fame is totaw and compwete buwwthip.
I like the way Butt thinks…and I like your butt. I wish you the best of luck on your success!
From the director of Red Bastard! Think it’s a solo show? Think again. Private eye Butt Kapinski invites you to co-star in a film noir fantasia. This funny, filthy, fully interactive ride is riddled with sex, sin and subterfuge, and it’s been tearing up North America! Butt Kapinski plays at the Liquid Room Annexe at 2:10pm. https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/butt-kapinski