Monday, August 07, 2006

mascots like to move it, move it

Where do I begin to describe the euphoria I'm feeling right now? The excellent site had an item that piqued my interest. It was about a local morning news show in Philadelphia that features dancing mascots every Monday. I clicked through to a YouTube page and watched so many of the Mascot Monday videos that I gave myself a headache from laughing. I love the pure silliness of it.

I've previously written about some friends of mine who wore the mascot costume at George Mason University. More recently I wrote about the guy who no longer wears the mascot costume for a local radio station. Despite my obvious appreciation for the art of mascotting, it's actually the Fox 29 "face character" who has grabbed my attention. Her name is Jennaphr Frederick. I kept watching one Mascot Monday video after another to hear her say stuff like "this is a news-oriented program" or "I smell an Emmy" while dancing with a costumed character called "Stressball Sally." In these very short clips, Jen's personality seems absolutely perfect for morning television. She is 100% committed to the bit and her earnest dance moves crack me up. Jen somehow manages to be not at all self-conscious while still fully self-aware. I wonder if the choppiness of the YouTube stream improves the whole experience by giving a strobe-like effect to the dancing.

Mascot Monday is an idea worth stealing by one of our local stations. I would certainly set my TiVo to watch Tearsa Smith, Abby Ham or Stacy McCloud dance with local mascots like Smokey, Diamond & Slugger and Discount Dave.
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Blogger Heather said...

KTown is way too conservative to have an anchor dance with a mascot but that is funny

Anonymous Pam Mc said...

Frank you gotta see this if you haven't already!

They are called Jabbawockies

Blogger Nyeboy9 said...

Discount Dave LOL

I would like to see a video of two mascots fighting.
"It's Smokey versus Discount Dave tonight! Good seats still available."

Anonymous Bryan said...

I'd love to see stacy mccloud dance with anyone .. even discount dave!


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