Latrec's illustration for Aristide Bruant, the 19th Century nightclub satirist/entertainer and the movie nightclubs of the 30s, 40s, and 50s with their big round tables and big bands, inspired me to create "The Hollywood Primary," a midnight cabaret specializing in viscious nasty humor of a political nature. (It was 1980, an election year.)
Combining the talents of alumni from "The Committee," "The Second City," and several other terrific comic actors and writers, we wrote sketches, blackouts, and musical numbers for five Sundays in a row. The following week we rehearsed for three days between auditions and jobs and that Saturday we built a stage in the Blossom Room of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel -- the same room where the first Academy Awards were held.
The actors made up most of the ten-piece band. Wives, lovers, girl friends, friends, and kids helped out -- especially Keji, my wife at the time. It was everything I wanted it to be. Vicious, nasty, and very funny. I believe Aristide would have been pleased.