Divine Miss M hosts vulgar, hilarious show
Saturday, March 19, 1988
Impersonating the hostess of a local pay-your-own-way cable variety show, outrageous Bette Midler, in the character of Mme. Mondo Beyondo, plays MC to a wide variety of way-out performance artists who put on their own sensational display of innovative talents.
”¢ Bill Irwin creates some unexpected mime dances.
”¢ Paul Zaloom eats his way through a garbage dump.
”¢ Pat Oleszko dresses in everything she possesses and heads for Coney Island to escape nuclear warfare.
”¢ David Cale takes an eye-opening transatlantic plane journey.
”¢ La La La Human Steps make dancing in a swimming pool a fabulous adventure.
”¢ The Kipper Kids fight their private wars with shaving cream and Spaghetti-O’s.
And it all happens on tape.
Meantime, telephones ring in the background, and Midler chats with her off-screen cameraman, who finds it difficult to keep her in focus and on screen.
She tells impossible stories, extols the virtues of wheat grass, presents a new musical talent, Eudora P. Quickly, who may be recognized as Bette Midler in her own version of drag.
The avant-garde vaudeville show Midler introduces is a superbly sophisticated mix of unique entertainment. But Midler-Beyondo is tasteless, vulgar, garish, irrepressible, shamelessly Midleresque – in short, hilarious.
” Mondo Beyondo” is beyondo belief.