THE GEORGE LUCAS PROM SHOW
Last night at The George Lucas Talk Show, I brought a big bag of free stuff to give out but I had no idea what method I was gonna use to distribute the “prizes.”
We’ve done “costume parades” in past shows and given prizes out to people who came dressed up in character, but I brought WAY more prizes than we’ve EVER had people show up in costume. And last night, I think only ONE audience member (my friend and loyal GLTS fan Jon Henry) was dressed up. So I asked Dru Johnston in the middle of the show, “hey Dru, can you think of a fun contest or something, what’s a fun way to give out all these prizes?”
Dru asked for the house lights to be turned up, and Natasha Rothwell IMMEDIATELY noticed something about the back two rows of the theater– a bunch of teenagers were all dressed up in tuxedos and fancy dresses!
“IS THAT A PROM PARTY BACK THERE???”
14 teenagers had come from their senior prom to attend The George Lucas Talk Show.
They got almost all the prizes (Jon Henry only got a single Star Wars trading card), including a vintage late 90s Liam Neeson/Qui-Gon Jinn Blow Pop (Qui-Gon is holding a lightsaber while the Blow Pop juts out of Liam Neeson’s head), a book about Shakespeare and a copy of Ocean’s 13 on DVD.
We also brought them up on stage for the great Emilyn Brodsky to play them on final prom night slow dance song (a cover of The Magnetic Fields’ “Nothing Matters When We’re Dancing”) and George Lucas danced with a girl who had gone to the prom without a date (Jar-Jar had previously awarded her with the prize of a Han Solo action figure as a proud and confident acknowledgement of her “solo” prom status) and then we all took a big group photo at the end.
Oh, also: when we were awarding the prizes, one guy’s name was Connor, another kid’s name was Luke and the final guy we gave a prize to was named “Lucas.”
The whole show was a little crazy, and although I was surprised that a bunch of teenagers would want to spend a full hour of their prom night watching me and Shaun Diston pretend to be George Lucas and Jar-Jar interviewing our funny friends, I also think I would have loved it if I could have gone with all my friends to take part in a weird midnight comedy show on my prom night.