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Acts announced for the next Five Minute Follies, Friday, January 14th, 2011 in Philadelphia

Fatima Bassmah

The next Five Minute Follies, slated for Friday, January 14th, 2011 at the Rotunda in Philadelphia, is shaping up to be even better than the last one. We already have a wonderful array of new and returning acts, with more to be announced in the future.

Returning acts include Jazz Singer Peter Redmond, Belly Dancer Fatima Bassmah, Singer Songwriter Rasan Allbritton, and the White Elephant Burlesque Society. Joining these Follies veterans will be the Shakespearean comedy troupe The Mad Mechanicals, standup comedians Jess Carpenter and Alejandro Morales, Jazz Singer Melanie Martins, and the father/daughter Improv Duo Grandma Hates Technology (featuring Mike and Jessica Weiss).

Please note, we’re still looking for acts. If you can do something surprising, entertaining, thought-provoking, or otherwise interesting in 5 minutes or less, drop us a line. We are especially interested in dancers and circus/sideshow acts (sword swallowing, contortionists, jugglers, etc.). The more unique and unusual your act, the better! Please send links to video and/or audio of your act to

See you at the show!

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Seeking Variety Acts for the next Five Minute Follies, Friday, January 14, 2011

Here we go again! The first Five Minute Follies was a rousing success with a standing-room-only audience. We just secured a date at the Rotunda in Philadelphia for the next Follies — Friday, January 14th, 2011 — and we’re looking for acts. Can you do something interesting, entertaining, dramatic, touching, surprising and/or funny in five minutes or less? Well, then, drop us a line. Please feel free to send links to audio or video.

As always, we are seeking singers, dancers, comics, clowns, jugglers, sideshow performers, contortionists, magicians, and especially hard-to-classify acts. Traditional and non-traditional performers welcome. We are paying homage to the golden age of variety — think Ed Sullivan’s “Toast of the Town”, Ted Mack’s Original Amateur Hour, The Carol Burnett Show — the shows that kept the spirit of Vaudeville alive on television. We want the full spectrum of entertainment, from the nostalgic to the weird.

No bands, but solo artists welcome with own accompaniment (live or CD with backing tracks). No pyrotechnics, no nudity, no animal acts.

Please note, this is a non-paying gig.

Email with your links and info. See ya at the show!

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