“Les Girls” Affair Spoofs Politics while fundraising to end Cancer

Secret Service Man,    photo by Margie Barron

Politics is a funny business, especially if you get celebrities to do political satire for a cabaret song-fest event called “Les Girls.”  The song parodies had ripped from the headlines lyrics put to familiar Broadway tunes. And sexy singing TV stars got together to make fun of the lawmakers, as well as law-breakers in D.C., such as the Secret Service/Columbia hookers scandal, oh my!

Liberals were skewered along with the coservatives for an important cause–to end cancer. The wildly popular fundraiser “Les Girls Cabaret” was back for its 12th annual celebration. Monica Potter and Peter Krause from NBC’s Parenthood were co-hosts, plus Hollywood’s most talented personalities donated their performances for the benefit event for the National Breast Cancer Coalition Fund.

Barrett Foa as Mitt Romney, photo by Margie Barron

The lineup of talent that made the affair wickedly funny included Barrett Foa (NCIS: LA) who played Mitt Romney and sang “I Believe” from The Book of Mormon, but made it more of an election song. It was a show-stopper, and the evening was filled with them.

To the tune of “Secret Agent Man,” Eric McCormack (Will & Grace) rocked the Avalon Theater in Hollywood with his take off on the Secret Service scandal in Columbia. Ana Ortiz (Ugly Betty) was an “escort.”

Sharon Lawrence as Sarah Palin, photo Margie Barron

Sharon Lawrence was sassy playing Sarah Palin, Robert Morse (Mad Men) a hoot as Dick Cheney, and there was Shanola Hampton (Shameless) as Condoleezza Rice, Billy Valentine as Herman Cain, and Sam Harris (The Class) doing a running gag routine as Anderson Cooper reporting from the most unusual places.

Robert Morse as Dick Cheney, photo by Margie Barron

Jason Alexander was the creative producer of the show and funnyman Bruce Vilanch the consulting writer.  The evening kicked off with a cocktail reception and silent auction followed by Stephanie Sperber, a top executive with Universal Studios, getting a well-deserved honor.

Also performing were sexy Steven Weber, Peri Gilpin, Harriet Harris (Desperate Housewives), Billy Val , Adam Busch (Men at Work), Adrienne Frantz (The Bold and the Beautiful), Larry Raben (HA! the Web Series), David Engel (Forever Plaid), Scott Bailey (The Bay), Mike McGowan, Brittany Shaw (It’s Not Me, It’s You), Jenna Coker Jones (The Battery’s Down), and Caren Brooks, among many others.

The entertaining evening helped raise funds for the National Breast Cancer Coalition Fund, which is dedicated to ending breast cancer by January 1, 2020 through the power of grassroots action and advocacy. NBCC supports increased funding for breast cancer research, monitors how research funds are spent, expands access to quality health care for all, and ensures that trained advocates influence all decision making that impacts breast cancer. Check out their cause at www.BreastCancerDeadline2020.org.

Margie Barron has written for a wide variety of outlets including Gannett newspapers, Nickelodeon, Tiger Beat and 16 Magazine, Fresh!, Senior Life, Production Update, airline magazines, etc. Margie is also proud to have been half of the husband & wife writing team Frank & Margie Barron, who had written together for various entertainment and travel publications for more than 38 years.