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Philly Fringe Vital Stats: Michael Broussard

Posted August 18th, 2011

Michael Broussard of Five Minute FolliesYou like-a the follies? Thatsa nice-a. Here’s Michael Broussard, who answers my silly questions in the name of his Ed Sullivan-styled variety show, Five Minute Follies, which runs for one night only during the 2011 Philly Fringe.

Name: Michael Broussard.

Age: 46.

Where do you live now? Lansdowne, Penn.

Where were you born? Clinton, Mass.

What was the first thing you stole? A package of Snowballs from Papacola’s Variety, 220 High Street in Clinton. I lived at 365 High Street.

What’s your favorite alcoholic beverage? Bourbon Milk Punch, but I don’t drink anymore. I had a couple in New Orleans a few years back and they were the only alcohol I’ve had since I was 17.

What was the last performance you saw? Farewell Philadelphia by Leyla Antonia Eraslan at the Baja Room on South Street. It was a marvelous show, funny and telling and well executed.

If you were a “Founding Father,” which one would you be and why? I would be Howard Da Silva as Ben Franklin in the musical 1776, because he has that great number outside of Thomas Jefferson’s apartment about “afternoon delight.” Howard Da Silva is also pretty hip because he supplied narration for the Tom Baker Dr. Who episodes when they first debuted in America.

Do you have pets? I have close to 100 rubber ducks. Their names are a mystery even to me. I also have 2 original Pink Flamingos in my garden, as well as a pair of Penguins made of found materials (their names are Rock and Roll) and an indeterminate number of monkeys (made of metal, plastic, plush and magnets).

What’s the most disgusting thing you’ve ever seen on SEPTA? My own reflection in the train window while heading home after a 14-hour day on a movie set.

Five Minute Follies runs September 3 at the Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street, West Philadelphia. 8:30 pm, $10.

–Nicholas Gilewicz