Well those of you who have been lucky enough to see our show, you know what a twisted performer Robert is. So we gave Jeanette Zoolander a day to come up with some random questions and here’s what Robert came up with. Good luck and let’s hope it makes sense.
So, How did you first get into RHPS?
Saw the DVD at bestbuy for years before I bought with a gift card. So curious about the lips. I could not make sense of the strange figure sitting there in heels and fishnets. Watched it over and over with the subtitles on when I was in middle school.
Describe yourself in one word.
It takes a long time to tell, but basically these two vagabonds wait for this other guy but he never comes, they swing between torturous hope and merciful despair: One of them takes off his belt to hang himself and his pants fall down. Hysterical.
What’s one thing you and Frank have in common?
A home in the spotlight.
Who are your idols?
Danny Kaye, Ella Fitzgerald, Thornton Wilder, Kurt Vonnegut Jr, Scott Adsit, Maria Bamford, Charlie Kaufman, Mandy Patinkin,
Favorite RHPS memory?
I introduced myself gleefully to Dana, one of the Amazonian ladies that frequent the midnight show. I said, “My name is Robert” and she said, “No, you’re Frank now.”
Tell us an interesting fact about yourself?
As a result of a birth defect called gastroschisis, my small intestines were outside of my body when I was born. They stuffed them back in and sewed it up just fine. My umbilical chord never passed through any skin, so I have no belly button. Just a long scar that emphasizes my abs.
What are your plans for the future?
Move to Chicago to be a professional goofball. (improvisational comedy capital of the world)
One album you can’t live without?
Duke Ellington’s Pure Gold. With the skips from my dad’s record.
How do you mentally prepare yourself for a role?
Remind myself that in the lights, in the costume, in the make up, I AM THE STUFF DREAMS ARE MADE OF.
Is there another movie you would like to see a shadowcast for?
MUPPET TREASURE ISLAND
What’s your favorite part of the show?
“Stand for the queen” I look out at all of the smiling faces and I’m actually filled with wonder and gratitude. I see pride and beauty. Sometimes I start to cry.
What’s your favorite incarnation of Frank?
In the elevator with the cape on, then marching toward the throne. He knows something you don’t know, and that’s so much fun to play.
Any specific pre-show rituals?
Gluing my fucking shoes back together.
What inspires you to continue doing RHPS?
Meeting people after the show that are the best people on the planet.
Are there any things about playing frank that you dislike?
I love the songs that happen before I come out, but I don’t get to be a part of them. And I don’t get to talk to people before the show.
Any special talents?
Impromptu Sonnets, etc.
Any last words of wisdom?
Practice a genuine interest in people. They are the most baffling and rewarding things you will ever encounter.