, Brian Molnar
Saturday, Jun 09, 2012 6:45 PM EDT
(5:30 PM Doors)
Highline Ballroom, New York, NY
Dinner menu available • GA Seating • First come, first seated • $10 min/person at tables • All ages
Everyone's favorite former Texas gubernatorial candidate, political commentator, and self-proclaimed "author, columnist, musician, and beautician" Kinky Friedman is going bi-polar, as in Kinky Friedman's Bi-Polar Tour, which starts in New England on June 6 and continues through to July 1. As he has done on his recent "sojourns through America," Friedman will be performing solo, dispensing the wisdom of the Jewish troubadour, and signing books. The Kinkster, whose solo performance has recently been described as "Mark Twain meets Groucho Marx ... at the corner of Johnny Cash and Lenny Bruce," will be hitting the road fresh on the heels of the release of his brand new book, The Billy Bob Tapes: A Cave Full of Ghosts, co-authored by and about the life and times of Billy Bob Thornton.
Friedman first rose to stardom in the '70s with his seminal band the Texas Jewboys. An equal opportunity offender with his outrageous lyrics and crazed stage persona, Friedman may have offended some, but he drew people like Don Imus, Robin Williams, Bob Dylan, and John Belushi into his spiritual fan club. He toured with Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue and appeared on the inaugural season of Saturday Night Live. His infamous appearance on Austin City Limits, the only performance ever filmed by ACL and never broadcast because of content, has finally been released on DVD, to the delight of fans everywhere.
While cooling his jets from touring in the '80s, Friedman wrote a wildly popular series of mystery novels featuring himself as the detective. In the years since, the real Kinky has branched out into children's books, memoirs, historical reflections, and editorials, all to great success, and all powered by his razor-sharp wit. His commentaries have appeared in such diverse media as The New York Times, Texas Monthly, and Playboy, and since adding politics to his resume, he has been a regular on cable networks of every stripe. His books are now read the world over (a fact reflected in his tour schedule). From Bill Clinton to Nelson Mandela, everybody loves a Kinky Friedman book. And apparently everybody loves a good Kinky Friedman performance as well, as reviews of his shows have been off the charts nearly everywhere. Kinky Friedman is the real deal, an amazing performer, and one of America's brightest literary lights. The Kinkster truly is the Jewish troubadour of our times, with a show for the ages.