I can't believe it's been two years since I've gotten a chance to talk with belter and bad decision expert, Tori Scott. Tori's talent for singing and telling stories is unparalleled! I always love interviewing Tori because I know my jaw will drop from astonishment and laughter. We may have missed each other by one day in Provincetown this summer, but back here in NYC, we have connected to talk about her brand-new show Seeing Double which is coming to Joe's Pub this November!
In Seeing Double, Tori takes us on a celebration of poor life choices mixed with a hint of lingering regret and too much tequila. It's a shameless journey of slurred autobiographical stories filled with songs written by other people. Seeing Double will be at Joe's Pub on Sunday, November 13 at 9:30pm. Click here for tickets!
1. I'm so glad we are doing this new interview together. Always a pleasure to get your insightful thoughts on your shows. This November you are returning yet again to Joe's Pub with an all new show called Seeing Double. What made now the right time to present a new show? What excites you about this new show? I love working on new material. I have a wish list of songs that I want to sing and I go through that list when I work on a new show and see which ones I can make work. I also had a great summer doing shows in Provincetown and Fire Island that were very much geared towards a gay audience and I’m really looking forward to talking about that!
2. Why did you title the show Seeing Double? When have you seen double? Seeing Double has several meanings for me. There’s the obvious one of drinking too much. It’s also about my friends coupling up and getting married, or having children. Another example of Seeing Double has to do with the fact that a lot of my gay friends and the guys they introduce me to have beards and frankly, sometimes, I cannot tell them apart.
3. This show celebrates your life's poor choices mixed with a hint of lingering regret, & too much tequila. What do you consider your life's poorest choice thus far? What is something you have a hint of lingering regret towards? When was a time you drank too much tequila? Probably going into the entertainment business instead of pursuing a career where I could actually make money would be considered a poor life choice. I don’t have huge regrets in life, but I do have those lingering moments of wishing I acted differently around someone or wishing I had left a party sooner than I did. It’s often called "shame spiraling."
When it comes to tequila, I always drink too much of it. I have been doing the paleo diet off and on for the past year and vodka (my drink of choice) is not on the diet. But silver tequila is and it’s actually delicious. Well let me tell you….a little bit of that goes a long way!
4. What is one story of Seeing-Double that did not make it into the show that you can share with us? It’s too early to answer this. I’m still playing around with stories and figuring out what I’m including or cutting! I really get down to the wire on these things!! I will say though, all of these stories are based on real life events…it’s just a matter of if I’m ready to share them or not.
5. Since drinking is always involved in your shows, if you had to look back over your life in drinking, what are your top 3 best drinking sessions and what have been your 3 worst?
I would say top 3 drinking moments:
- This past January I went to Napa for wine tastings for my birthday with my sister and best friend. Every place we visited was an incredible drinking session. The most delicious wine!
- Another great moment was drinking a Hurricane at a bar in New Orleans overlooking Bourbon Street. I watched very drunk people falling and laughing and pushing beer kegs in strollers..it was chaos. It was like something mythological…like a tribute to Bacchus or something.
- My 30th Birthday…which was sadly several years ago, was an amazing drinking moment. My sister and brother flew into town. We took over an entire upstairs section of a bar. Everyone had way too much fun and my brother was passed out on the couch in the bar before 9pm. I love a celebration!!!
As far as the worst moments go….those are the ones I can’t really remember. That’s the thing about drinking…too much of it makes everything a tad blurry. I will say that time I was arrested for Public Intoxication ON NEW YEAR’S EVE in Texas was not probably among the worst. And my mom had to bail me out so she certainly wasn’t happy with me.
6. If you were told, today is your last day on earth. You can have 1 drink. What drink would that be? I would say "screw you Paleo diet" and have a Tito’s martini slightly dirty with 3 olives in a very large martini glass! Yummy!
7. You are described as a belter and bad decision expert. When did you get crowned bad decision expert? Was there one epic decision that got you this title or was it just a series of bad events and finally you were like, "Fuck it. I've made so many bad decisions in my life, I'm giving myself the title of bad decision expert."? My friend labeled me a bad decision expert after my first show at Joe’s Pub four years ago. And, I appreciate the title. It’s important to be able to acknowledge your mistakes and bad decisions and grow from them. Although, I’m not sure I’ve grown that much from them, but I definitely enjoy singing about them.
8. Based upon your own experiences, what is the worst advice you could give someone? I think the worst advice I could give someone is that they should always go to a second location with people you’ve just met….especially if they want the night to end at about 4am.
9. What is the biggest misconception about Tori Scott? Honestly, I think the biggest misconception about "Tori Scott" is that my stories in my show are made up. The stories I tell in my shows are all true! I did one of my shows in Dallas a couple years ago and the reporter from the Dallas Morning News just would not believe my stories were true!
10. We both share a passion for fitness. I'm not sure if we share the same passion for it, but I know you've been doing it a lot. So, I'm excited to ask you this question that I've been asking everybody. On "Call Me Adam" I have a section called One Percent Better, where through my own fitness commitment, I try to encourage people to improve their own life by one percent every day. What is something in your life that you want to improve by one percent better every day? I don’t know if I would call myself someone with a passion for fitness. That’s a bit of a stretch. I find it to be a necessity with growing older. But, I am trying to find the joy in fitness. I made a commitment to myself about a year ago that I was going to find some sort of physical exercise that I enjoy. And I found Flywheel. I love it! It’s competitive and a great workout and I feel like I might die/amazing afterwards. And the music is amazing. I find that if I challenge myself to a workout like this not only do I benefit physically, but also mentally.
Tori Scott is a New York based singer and comedian. She was named Time Out New York’s Top 10 cabaret artist and has performed her solo shows at Joe’s Pub, 54 Below, the Laurie Beechman, the Metropolitan Room,and every gay bar on the Eastern Seaboard. As an actress, she was recently seen performing alongside Alice Ripley in a concert reading of a new musical The Girl with Polka Dot Eyes and performing opposite Linda Lavin, Leslie Uggams and Stephanie J. Block in the Symphony Space tribute to Sheldon Harnick and Fiddler on the Roof. On television, 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. She is a graduate of The Boston Conservatory.