Sunday, May 28, 2006

there's no need to fear

"Underdog" has always been a favorite cartoon of mine. I'm not particularly looking forward to the upcoming live action and CGI film, although I admit that casting Peter Dinklage as Simon Barsinister is clever.

Today I was getting caught up on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" shows from the past week. Monday's show featured a woman named Suzanne Muldowney on "Future Talent Showcase." She wore an Underdog-inspired dance costume as she performed her talent, which she calls "figure jogging." It vaguely resembles figure skating but without the skates. She hopes to have it accepted as an Olympic sport.

Jimmy interviewed Suzanne after her dance. We learned that she is the subject of a documentary film to be shown at the Atlanta Film Festival in June. At the end of the interview, Suzanne said that she had a website but could not mention it on the air. That's what Google is for, right? I found her blog, her autobiography and a trailer for the documentary. The film is being made by the appropriately named production company, Art of Madness.

Watching Suzanne perform her "figure jogging," I couldn't help but wonder: what if something similar did somehow make it into the Olympics? Someday when Bob Costas introduces a piece about the origin of that sport, it would have to include footage of Suzanne on the Kimmel show.
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Blogger Frank Strovel III said...

The Underdog Lady was a regular on the Howard Stern Show both on radio and TV about 15 years ago. I have tapes of her from back then.

She is, um, entertaining to say the least.

Anonymous Pam Mc said...

Interesting....very interesting.

Blogger Frank Strovel III said...

By the way, I have a video of Underdog Lady from the Howard Stern show at her wackiest. It's from either 1991 or 1992.

I have a link where you can download it from a third party or, if you prefer, you can email me and I'll send it to you directly in email. It's just over 5MB.

Here's the third party link:

Underdog Lady

Blogger Frank Murphy said...


I clicked on the link and watched the video. Thanks for posting it. Did you click to see her performance on the Kimmel show?


Blogger Frank Strovel III said...

I've seen it. Jimmy Kimmell was on Stern's SIRIUS show two weeks ago and said Muldowney was going to be a guest so I was sure to catch it (at the expense of Conan).

Anonymous Anonymous said...

There a lot of Underdog Lady stuff on youtube and (hope you have a popup blocker!)

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Frank,
Thanks for mentioning Suzanne and our film on your site.


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