"Call Me Adam" once again chats with singer and comedian Tori Scott. This time around we talk about her holiday show Vodka is the Reason for the Season which will play at Joe's Pub on Monday, December 8 at 9:30pm. From her early childhood fascination with The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas to her time spent as a singing elf for an old folks home, Tori will take you on a shameless journey of what this time of year really means to her. Click here for tickets!
1. On December 8, you are returning once again to Joe's Pub with a brand new show, Vodka is the Reason for the Season, which will celebrate this festive time of the year. What made you want come back to Joe's Pub yet again? I love that venue and I love the people that work there. Joe's Pub is like a second home to me. I have so much fun performing on that stage and I also love the attention.
2. Vodka is the Reason for the Season, will take audiences on a shameless journey of what this time of year really means to you, from your early childhood fascination with “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” to your time spent as a singing elf for an old folks home. Without giving too much away, what does this time of year really mean to you? It means day drinking with family and friends while listening to Mariah Carey and Kelly Clarkson's christmas album out in the open (as opposed to privately which is what I do starting in October).
3. What made you want to create a holiday show? I have a lot of fond memories of being dressed as a Christmas elf performing for both the elderly in nursing homes and young children in malls. I just felt the need to share these stories with others. I also LOVE Christmas music and wanted an excuse to sing it.
4. What is your favorite way to spend the holidays in NYC? I make sure to avoid Times Square at all costs. If I take a valium, I can handle walking down 5th avenue and looking in all the windows at the great holiday arrangements for a couple hours...but only if I have a valium.
5. This show will feature music from Dolly Parton, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Florence and the Machine, Ella Fitzgerald and more. How did you decide that you wanted to feature these artists? How does their music reflect the holiday season to you? The music I choose for my shows always helps further the story. This show has some great holiday tunes in it, but you can never go wrong with using a Madonna song to describe being forced to go to church as a child.
6. For fans who have seen your shows before, what will this new show give them that others shows have not? I'm going to give them the Barbra Streisand version of "Jingle Bells" and a little bit of tap dancing. You don't want to miss it!
7. How did you come up with the title Vodka is the Reason for the Season? I grew up in Texas surrounded by a lot of Baptists who loved to remind me that "Jesus is the reason for the season." That phrase always made me laugh. And I love talking about my obsession with Vodka. The two just went hand in hand.
8. If you could create your own signature drink, what would you call it and what would you put in it? It's such a shame dirty martini's are already named martini's because there is nothing better than a vodka martini slightly dirty with 3 olives. If it wasn't already named a martini, I would rename it Mother's Milk.
9. If you could be any original flavor Life Saver, which one would you be? Cherry!
10. How do you want to be remembered? As a joyful person, a good friend, and a hell of a singer who could tell a damn good story.
As a singer, Tori’s graced the stages of 54 Below, the Laurie Beechman, the Metropolitan Room, and every gay bar on the Eastern Seaboard. As an actress, she's counted to 20 as a singing garbage woman on Sesame Street and dubbed the vocals of a singing hooker on HBO's Cathouse: The Musical. As a woman, she strives every day in every way to be a consummate lady and sometimes wonders if she actually still has a liver or not.