Celebrities Playing Celebrity? Sarah Silverman, Nathan Fillion and Others Get Meta at Largo
Hopper Stone / stonefoto.com / for The Pablove Foundation Nathan Fillion pantomimes a clue
How many times can you cram the word celebrity into one sentence without losing its meaning? At least two. Which is about as many minutes as it takes actor Martin Starr to identify his opponent Michael Trucco via pun and gesticulation. More on that in a second.
In what may be the most meta-est example of fund-raising parlor games, Largo at the Coronet hosted the Pablove Foundation's version of a Celebrity deathmatch last night. The event included four teams of hip Hollywood folks and high-bidding civilians vying to be the best at miming and identifying famous people -- oh, and beating childhood cancer through the funds it raised.
Actors acting out other actors in a celebrity version of Celebrity? Whoa.
Hopper Stone / stonefoto.com / for The Pablove Foundation Teammates Sarah Silverman and Carrie Bloom react to Rich Sommer's clue as Michael Ian Black looks on
For the uninitiated, Pablove Foundation is the Silver Lake based charity dedicated to advancing research in pediatric cancer and improving the lives of cancer survivors and their families through art and music programs. The organization was started by Dangerbird Records' Jeff Castelaz and his wife Jo Ann Thrailkill after losing their six-year old son Pablo to a bilateral Wilms Tumor.
So how does one play Celebrity? (The game, not the, uh, soul-crippling lifestyle). Two teams put notable names into a hat (in this case a computer) and spend three rounds trying to mime, charade, hint and/or cajole each other into correctly guessing those famous folks. Pablove's version used real famous people and a few civilian guests who had bid to play alongside them before a packed audience. Each player took turns as the mimer, or "banger," the term invented onstage by Nathan Fillion and validated by host Brian Gattas.
Mad Men's Rich Sommer told us before the event, "It's pretty hard to say no to helping kids with cancer...kind of a no brainer." When asked about his gaming strategy, he said, "I'm a big gamer and I'm terrible at math, so I think I've got a chance with this game."
Last night's roster of notables included sci-fi geekdom royalty: Battlestar Galactica's Katee Sackhoff and Michael Trucco, Firefly's Nathan Fillion and Mad Men's Abigail Spencer -- including high-bidding non-celebrities Dave Miller and Vicki Mangess. For the first round of two, those geeks triumphantly destroyed the freak team of Freaks and Geeks' Busy Philips and Martin Starr, Arrested Development's Alia Shawcat, Parks and Rec's Aubrey Plaza and regular person Kim Stouffer.
Hopper Stone / stonefoto.com / for The Pablove Foundation Host Brian Gattas explains the rules to the team of (back row, l to r) Michael Trucco, Dave Miller, Nathan Fillion (front row), Abigail Spencer, Katee Sackhoff, and Vicki Mangess
Round one went down in raucous near drunkenness, as freak and geek alike struggled to convey their rapid fire knowledge of Ronald Reagan, Michael J. Fox and Kermit the Frog, among others. At one point, Michael Trucco's name appeared before the opposing team's "banger," Martin Starr. In a slow-paced fit of goofball antics Starr flailed his way through charades not realizing he could just point to the guy behind him. Apparently celebrities aren't always as celebrity-savvy about their fellow celebrities.
The round two players watched from backstage, picking up tips and pointers and their version ended up looking slightly more professional -- if you can call it that. Actor Josh Malina, along with Sommer, and comedians Sarah Silverman, donor Carrie Daniels, The State's Michael Ian Black and comedian Rob Delaney owned Super Troopers' Jay Chandrasekhar, Wilfred's Jason Gann, choreographer Adam Shankman, civilian Justine Daniels, Pablove mom and co-founder Jo Ann Thrailkill, and Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme.
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