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Vic & Paul’s Photo Fun

“The Vic & Paul Show” Goes Retro.

On Sunday morning, May 2nd, my wife Victoria Zielinski and I drove to the downtown Los Angeles studio of photographer Bradford Rogne to shoot promotional photos for our upcoming comedy revue, “The Vic & Paul Show.” Brad Rogne had been recommended by our good buddy and fellow Northwestern alum, Shelly Goldstein. Shelly is directing our show – and hipping us to the talented Mr. Rogne was her finest bit of direction yet.

Brad shot Shelly’s photos for her hit cabaret act, in which she celebrates the great female singers, songwriters and girl groups of the 1960’s in her own inimitable way. Brad caught the groovy, mod spirit of Swinging London and Carnaby Street in his photos of Shelly – and Vic and I hoped he could capture on film the early 60’s, pre-Beatles invasion vibe we were looking to embody.

More on our photo session in a moment, but first a word from our sponsor…

If you’d like to attend “The Vic & Paul Show” – you can make reservations at: http://vicandpaulshow.doattend.com/

Now, back to our story…

As we’ve worked on our show, Vic and I have been inspired by the brilliant work of Mike Nichols and Elaine May back in the early 1960’s. What would Nichols & May have done if they were an over-50 married couple with grown kids?

Before Nichols & May became a comedy sensation, Elaine May was a student at the University of Chicago in 1950, where she became a member of the improvisational theatre group The Compass Players, which later became The Second City. (As did our own comedy guru, Sheldon Patinkin.) May was a Second City member until 1957 and during that time she met Mike Nichols.

Together, Nichols and May performed sophisticated, literate and hilarious two-person sketches in clubs, on TV and on records. In 1960, they made their Broadway debut in “An Evening with Mike Nichols and Elaine May.” Vic and I bow down.

Looking at those early Nichols & May promotional photos reminded Vic and me of a series of shots we had taken in Chicago around 1987. We called it our “Rob & Laura” session.

That settled it for us. The look of “The Paul & Vic Show” would be early 60’s Rat Pack retro: well suited to an evening of comedy, music, marriage and martinis.

After I got my requisite jacket with thin lapels and a skinny tie — and Vic found her de rigueur sleeveless little black dress — it was time for us to go to Brad Rogne’s studio and take these shots. As Brad snapped away, we had a lot of fun. We hope it shows.

And we hope you’ll join us for “The Vic & Paul Show”.

After more than 20 years of parenthood — from diapers to diplomas — we’re finally getting out of the house to perform our first improvisational comedy revue with music in over two decades — with musical director Steve Rashid on keyboards, and our director, Shelly Goldstein, performing her popular cabaret show in the second act.

“The Vic & Paul Show” will be presented in a limited engagement on the last three weekends of June at the very groovy Push Lounge cabaret in Woodland Hills: an oasis of cool and culture in the West Valley.

There’s free parking, folks! And smart cocktails.

 What’s not to like?

Previews run from June 10th thru June 13th. (All preview tickets are $10)

Shows run from June 17th thru 20th and June 24th thru 27th. (Adults $20, 18 and under $15)

All shows begin at 8:00 pm.

For reservations, go to: http://vicandpaulshow.doattend.com/

And for additional information on “The Vic & Paul Show”, Steve Rashid and Shelly Goldstein, click here.

See you in June!


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Vic & Paul: Finally Out of the House

An Evening of Comedy, Music, Marriage & Martinis

Vic & Paul: Back in the day.

After a two-decade absence from the stage, my wife Victoria Zielinski and I will perform once again in The Vic & Paul Show — an original two-person comedy revue with music that will play for three weeks this June at Push Lounge in Woodland Hills.

Imagine that.

It’s 2010 and we’re doing a show. We can hardly believe it ourselves.

Shelly Goldstein, friend and chanteuse.

Our longtime musical director, Steve Rashid, is coming out west from Evanston to accompany us on keyboards – and our good friend (and local cabaret goddess), Shelly Goldstein has not only been heroically giving us what direction we’re capable of absorbing after all these years – she’s also going to be singing her popular cabaret set after our shows each night at Push.

It’s going to be three weeks of fabulous grown-up fun – somewhere between Nick & Nora and Nichols & May (if they were a couple of over-50 parents with grown children.)

Push Lounge is located at 20969 Ventura Boulevard in that picturesque block of Woodland Hills known as The French Quarter. While this French Quarter lacks a Mississippi riverfront, Bourbon Street and beignets – it does have plenty of free parking in the evening. (I’ll say it again: free parking.)

Previews run Thursday, June 10 through Sunday June 13.
(Preview tickets are $10)
Previews will be followed by two weeks of shows:
Thursday, June 17 thru Sunday June 20.
Thursday, June 24 thru Sunday June 27.
(Show Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for folks under 18)
All shows are at 8:00 PM.

Push Lounge seats about 50 people a night, so if you’re planning to come – just reply to this post, let us know what night you’d like to come (and how many tickets you’d like), and we’ll put you on the reservation list.

The Vic & Paul Show is our way of celebrating our 20th anniversary as husband and wife by doing the thing that brought us together in the first place: having fun onstage and giving folks a chance to laugh along with us at this crazy world in which we live.

About Our Friends & Comic Collaborators:

Steve Rashid (Musical Director, The Vic & Paul Show)

Steve is an Emmy winning composer, performer, producer and recording engineer with a B.A. in Music and Philosophy from Ripon College and a Masters in Music Composition from Northwestern University — and he’s one of the coolest cats we know. Steve’s company, Woodside Avenue Music Productions, is both a recording studio and a record label – and through it he’s released four solo CDs (“i will hold your tiny hand,” “Fidgety Feet,” “As In A Mirror” and “Song of Songs”). In addition, he’s produced/engineered hundreds of recordings for many other artists and labels, spanning jazz, folk, classical, bluegrass, gospel, country and pop music.

Steve’s newest project, cafeunderscore.com, is also his coolest. It’s an online gallery that displays a collection of Steve’s musical portraits of ordinary people observed in coffee shops.  You’ve got to experience it to understand how very groovy it is. (Steve’s a jazz guy, so it’s okay to use the word “groovy” when you talk about him.)

Rashid regularly composes music for dance — often in collaboration with his wife, choreographer Béa Rashid, who runs her own dance school, Dance Center Evanston. (It’s a wise man that works creatively with his wife.)

His jazz group, Steve Rashid and the Porkpies, was called “one of Chicago’s most entertaining groups” by the Chicago Tribune, and WGN Radio has called Steve “a Chicago treasure.” Vic and I are just happy to call him “friend”.

Shelly Goldstein (Director, The Vic & Paul Show — and the talented songstress who’s performing her cabaret set afterward.)

Shelly has been called “Kitten with a Quip”. By day, she’s a writer-performer who has written for every genre of TV, film and stage: screenplays, sitcoms, dramas, documentaries, animation, awards shows, song lyrics, jokes, club acts and special material for such performers as Steve Martin, Debra Messing, Sharon Stone, Liza Minnelli, Paula Abdul, Cybill Shepherd, Eva Longoria Parker, Steven Spielberg, Garry Marshall, James Earl Jones, Norman Lear and Yoko Ono.

By night, Shelly’s an international cabaret performer who has headlined in such venues as The Gardenia, Cinegrill, Hard Rock, 88s Cabaret, and the Inner Circle at the Magic Castle (LA), Pizza on the Park, The Theatre Museum & Frankie’s (London) & the Mill Theatre (Dublin). She sang the Judy Garland songbook in the London Production of Judy & Frank.

A native Chicagoan, Shelly and her husband, Brendan Foley, divide their time between Santa Monica and London. She and Brendan also manage to collaborate as a couple: Shelly co-starred in writer-director Brendan’s film, The Riddle with Sir Derek Jacobi and Vanessa Redgrave and Brendan’s thriller, Legend of the Bog, with Vinnie Jones.

Shelly says she’s thrilled to reconnect onstage with me and Vic and Steve for the first time since the world was young. Indeed, this is going to be a lot of fun.

And we’d like you all to come out to Push Lounge and share the fun (and a smart cocktail or two) with us this June.

Who knows? It may be 20 years before we get a chance to do this again…


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