Sunday, March 13, 2005

So Long, Worst Back-Up Dancer in the World…

So much like Kaycee , I feel that TiVo has let me down…

TiVo has an option whereby you can save a program, or a portion of a program, indefinitely. We have used that sacred option thrice:

1. The Beating Up of the Chicken-Handing-Out-Flyers Scene from “The Family Guy”

2. The Hilarious Guy Eating His Own Snot As He Gags Scene from “Fear Factor”

3. The Bobby Brown with the Worst Back-Up Dancer in the World Scene on “Saturday Night Live”

Every once in a while, as we sit and stare at the “Programs Recorded List” on the TiVo, we chose to watch one of the permanently recorded scenes, just for laughs. The Bobby Brown and the Worst Back-Up Dancer in the World is my personal favorite. Let me set the scene…

Bobby Brown on top of his game...

This is Bobby Brown in his hay-day. He’s on top of his game, he’s smooth, he’s married to Whitney Houston, and he has not yet been incarcerated. He is guest singing on SNL some time during the early-ish 90’s with a HUGE band and about 10 back-up dancers.

Bobby is decked out in gold, and his back-up dancers are in sexy black tights and leotards with bowler hats. His dancers are buff ladies, these are street dancers, not dancers found and trained in academies, they are tough and funky and smooth…except for one.

At a certain point in the choreography, this “dancer” literally cartwheels (along with the others) into view…legs akimbo, bent knees, like the kind you see on the playground not the gymnastics class. She is skinny, not muscled like the others. Oh, yeah, and she’s also a little more Caucasian than her peers. She’s very pretty, and you get the feeling that’s how she got the gig, dancing right next to Bobby.

But she is awful. Her timing is off, her feet are off, her funk is off, and she’s got no street credibility.

The first time I saw her was one night at about 2.30 am when I was waiting for Todd to come home from work. I saw what was going on, and had the presence of mind to press instant record on the TiVo.

Oh, how I’ve enjoyed that segment, over and over! Until today, I unwittingly pressed “DELETE” after viewing its delightful awkwardness. I have actually mourned that bit of TV all afternoon.

I will miss you Worst Back-Up Dancer in the World…keep practicing, baby.

7 comments:

Kaycee said...

My heart aches for you and your lost TiVo'd joy.

Why is there no back up!!! We depended on you TiVo!!!

mo said...

I love that you used the word "akimbo". What a great word! You will send a few people to their dictionaries with that one. I hope you get that segment back so I can watch it with you!

Suzie Petunia said...

Comments are back! Hooray! Here is the comment I left you on my own blog b/c I was so frustrated I couldn't leave one here...

I am saddened to hear of your TiVo woes. My DVR on Dish Network has been acting weird just recently, and we've never had a lick of trouble (yes, a LICK of trouble :) before. Perhaps there is a great conspiracy out there to get our lazy bums off the couch. I'll keep watching the news, and Oprah, and all the other shows I frequent and let you know if I hear anything :).

Christian F said...

Please don't blame TiVo for your mistake. It's just not right.

Amy Lynn said...

i don't know why this blog took me back to one lip synching, white girl dancing, "lost her funk" Paula Abduhl video wanna be from the late 1980's!?

Suzie Petunia said...

Missing your style posts... I have a request: Hairstyles. Thanks.

JP said...

I agree with Suzie (I amost called her Miss Suzie...and that would've just started a whole string of silly grade school songs...oy!)

You're such a wealth of fashionable knowledge! We have so much to cover...hair, make-up...spring and summer fashion...when NOT to color your hair burgundy/purple. Oh wait...that was me...nevermind. Lesson learned.