In my recent travels, I came across a co-star of Taylor Hicks’ and he was gracious enough to allow me to interview him for the blog. Faced with this once in a lifetime opportunity, I quickly scribbled some questions down on a napkin and the following is the result of that.
Me: Thank you so much for meeting with me like this.
The Cone: No, it’s fine. I love when I can get out.
Me: First off, how is it working with Taylor on a nightly basis?
The Cone: Well, Taylor is actually a deep thinker. I mean, when he’s standing inside me, waiting for his bright and shining moment, he doesn’t make a peep.
Me: Lately, Taylor has started “twittering” from the cone. How is that experience going?
The Cone: Um, off the record?
Me: *surprised* Um, sure.
The Cone: That bastard keeps elbowing me everytime he pulls out that Blackberry. I mean, I’m trying to move to where I’m supposed to be, and he’s in there twittering away, whatever the hell that means. No respect for me at all. *ahem* Back on the record? Isn’t that a wonderful marketing tool? I mean, he’s taking those few minutes which could be totally wasted and turning them into invaluable marketing time. Genius, pure genius.
Me: Okay. Do you have any insights any Taylor’s “game plan”, such as what he’s planning on after “Grease”?
The Cone: Well, usually it’s T, and me, and Bill squeezing into a cab heading uptown on “Cheeseburger Patrol.” Sometimes, if T gets too drunk, he screams “Cheeseburger Paaahtrolll” out the window. TMZ oughtta’ get video of THAT! Uh, you’re not going to print that, right??
Me: I was kind of thinking “long range”?
The Cone: Oh, yeah. Sure. Well, he’s real close with the details, but he’s got some big surprises in store for the fanbase! They’re going to love it!! He’s going to start blogging on his site, for sure.
Me: Any talk of you going on the road with Taylor in the future?
The Cone: Oh, I see the writing on the waffle iron, believe me. Once he’s twirled and twittered his last, after the wrap party, we’ll all say how “we’ll keep in touch”, but you know how it is. But at least I’ll have the memories, and the all those damn rhinestones that have dropped off. They fuckin’ itch.
Me: Did you have any advice for Taylor on his debut in the role of Teen Angel? You are a seasoned veteran of Broadway, after all, and he’s the new kid, so to speak. Any sage words of wisdom from the pro?
The Cone: I told him “Always keep your fly up.” Hey, I gotta go. I’ve got a re-sprinkle/glitter job later, and I don’t want to be late. When Seacrest is in town, these appointments are a bitch to get.
That concludes my interview with Harry. He’s a gracious performer, even though he’s never given the credit he deserves. I mean, really, where would the Teen Angel be without the glittery cone? I guess you could call Harry the unsung hero of the show. They just don’t make ’em like him anymore.
He even posed for a picture for me. This is Harry without stage makeup.
What a great guy!!