New York’s singer and comedian Tori Scott returns to London with her hilarious Christmas show, Vodka is the Reason for the Season. During the show she recounts her early childhood fascination with The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and her time spent as a singing elf in an old folks’ home. This festive autobiographical journey will help you to celebrate what is truly special about this time of year. Hysterical and heart-warming, the show includes songs by Dolly Parton, Madonna, Michael Jackson, and more.
I had the chance to interview Tori before she performs at the iconic Live at Zedel in Soho, London.
What can audiences expect from your show? They can expect to hear some very embarrassing stories about dealing with family around Christmas time… probably very relatable stories for some people that hopefully won’t cause too much PTSD. They can expect to be encouraged to drink a lot and they should come prepared to hear me belt out not just Christmas songs, but a variety of genres including Michael Jackson, Dolly Parton and of course some Barbra Streisand!
Describe your show in just 3 words. Belting drunken hilarity!
The last time you were in London it was the summer, what are you looking forward to about London during the festive period? London in July was my first trip to the UK and I absolutely fell in love so I’m looking forward to coming back and spending Christmas there. I’ve lived in New York City for so long that I get very annoyed with tourists visiting to see the tree in Rockefeller Center, the lights along 5th avenue, the Christmas markets because it makes the city feel even more crowded. And, that’s probably true for London as well. But this time, I get to be that tourist. I can’t wait for the lights and the markets in London! And I’ve never had mince pie or Christmas pudding and I feel like that has to be added to the list for this trip.
What three things represent Christmas to you? I totally fall for the hallmark version of Christmas and am still intrigued with the idea of Santa Claus. Every Thanksgiving, at the Macy’s Thanksgiving day parade, it ends with Santa making an appearance. That signifies that the Christmas season has begun. And I genuinely take that as a sign to watch all the Christmas movies and listen to all the Christmas songs. The second thing that represents Christmas to me is the story of A Christmas Carol. I don’t read it every year, but I usually watch the Muppet version every year (and I stand by that decision). That story gives me all the Christmas feels. And finally, and most recently in the past 5 years, the Kelly Clarkson Wrapped in Red Christmas album represents everything wonderful about Christmas to me. The belting, the festiveness, the harmonies in Silent night!! It’s perfection.
Your show is titled ‘Vodka is the Reason for the Season’. What is your favourite Christmas tipple? It’s hard to narrow it down to one because it depends on where I’m celebrating! If I’m celebrating Christmas in New York city with my closest friends, I’ll of course have vodka martini slightly dirty with 3 olives. If I’m spending Christmas with my family in Texas, which includes 4 children under the age of 12, well then my tipple of choice includes bailey’s in my morning coffee followed by several glasses of champagne with a splash of Orange Juice to fool my family, and then ending the day with a much needed shot of vodka. I’m looking forward to trying many different festive tipples while celebrating Christmas in London and happy to take suggestions.
Do you have a favourite Christmas song? I love Christmas music, so it’s hard to choose a favourite. But, if i have to choose, it’s O Holy Night. I’m not a religious person, but O Holy Night is the most beautiful Christmas song ever written. Every year, I will spend too much time in a YouTube hole looking for the best covers of that song. Now there are a lot of good ones, Jennifer Hudson, Whitney Houston… but there are two versions I love. I encourage everyone to listen to Linda Eder’s version as well as a version a lot of people don’t know by R&B artist Tevin Campbell. Their covers will put you in the Christmas spirit… although I am usually drinking wine while listening so that helps too.
Tori Scott’s show ‘Vodka is the Reason for the Season’ will be at Live at Zedel, Soho, London on the 18th, 19th and 22nd December.
For more information about tickets see: https://www.brasseriezedel.com/live-at-zedel/tori-scott-vodka-is-the-reason-for-the-season-2017/116260637
For information about Tori Scott see: http://itstoriscott.com