August 1997 the quartet was fortunate enough to win the Funny Bone
Comedy Quartet Contest at the Buckeye Invitational. If this bunch of
knuckleheads was ever going to win a competition, this had to be the
one. It figures that by putting the big guy in a dress (two dresses to
be completely accurate), and blasting the lead and the audience with a
Super Soaker, the crowd would love it! (We’ll do anything for a laugh).
This experience remains as one of the highlights of our career.
Steve Tremper’s Harmonet Report of our performance:
"These guys also came out in theme
character costumes: the lead was dressed in black coat tails and
sported a black top hat...he would serve as both the villain (ala
Dudley Doright's nemesis, Snidely Whiplash for you cartoon fans) and
the narrator, the bass was the tall, upstanding sheriff, "Sllloooowwww
Tallllkiiiinnngggg Jooooooeeee", the bari was a generic cowpoke
sidekick, dressed in a red checked shirt, jeans and a goofy cowboy
hat...and the tenor, weighing in at 300 pounds plus... was the genteel
and ever-graceful damsel in distress...her costume dress was
hysterical, they had taken two very-different flower-print dresses and
blatantly cut them and stitched them together to make one dress large
enough to cover his massive frame. Of course, he had a beard too, and a
flowery hat and tiny parasol. A visual feast...
"They had thought things through in
advance, and in order to save themselves a time penalty, had brought
out a large digital game clock timer, set at 12:00 minutes and started
to count down as they began their set. They checked it often throughout
the package to make sure they weren't going over the allotted time.
"They did a song about an old-time TV
melodrama ("You must pay the rent!" "I can't pay the rent!" "OK, then
I'll tie you to these railroad tracks"...etc) and it was a scream
watching the huge tenor shriek his female lines in fending off the
"They went into a rock and roll medley
("We were going to do a 60's medley, but seeing as how we're pressed
for time, we'd better do a 50's medley"...) which was funny just
watching them sing this in their costumes!
"They saw they were running out of
time, and as the tenor began singing his/her version of Weird Al
Yankovich's "Spend One More Minute With You", they urged him to sing
faster and faster as the clock wound down to zero...finally, just as
the clock ran out, they shot the clock dead! The song stopped abruptly,
and they just shook their heads as they walked off stage to thunderous