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(H) HALLOWEEN; (NYE) NEW YEARS EVE; (FF) FEAST OF FOOLS


In the Beginning… Parties were held at the original Fools’ Guild Hall at 8228 Fountain Avenue, West Hollywood, beginning with Halloween in 1980, and followed by casual parties celebrating New Years Eve, April Fools Day, post-Renaissance Faire every June, as well as improvised, theatrically-inspired events which now live only as blurry memories. There was no “king” that first year. Andy Davis proclaimed himself King in 1981 (Anonymous I). Andy was followed by Dennis Day (the Mother King 1982-3), Q Siebenthal (Easy Off 1983-4) and Billy Scudder (1984-5). During Billy Scudder’s reign, the April 1st “Feast of Fools” was somewhat formalized. A core group had a sit-down feast, which was followed later that evening by an open-invitation party. During the reign of Greg Dean (Obscene Juggler 1985-6), a MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S REVELS party kicked off the “SUMMER O’ FUN,” several months of workshops, film nights and casual performances culminating in HALLOWEEN. The Feast that year, called ALL FOOLS NIGHT, moved to the top-floor ballroom at the Variety Arts Center in downtown Los Angeles. The following King, Adam Long (Rex Marks the Spot 1986-7) also had his FEAST OF FOOLS at the Variety Arts Center ballroom. Alan Katz’ famed painting commemorating the early Feasts made its debut at the Variety Arts Center ballroom, but it was so massive that it would not fit in the building’s stairways or elevators; it was wrapped in blankets and pulled up the outside of the building with ropes. There is no documentation for parties thrown during the reign of Jack Albee (Feniculee of Farts Esq 1987-8) except for the ITALIAN AF-FAIRE in June, which may have been the final event at the Guildhall. Coincidentally 1988 was the final year of the Renaissance Pleasure Faire in its Paramount Ranch, Agoura location. When the Faire moved to Devore the following year, the event lost many of its Fools Guild participants. The Fools thereafter threw their parties in a variety of locations, which lacked the eccentricity of the old Guildhall. This gave rise to themes that inspired the group to decorate (and dress) in creative ways.

8. 1988-9 John Mackey (VIII Who Gives A Rat’s Ass): AFTERFAIRE AFFAIR (Sa’s); (H) PROM OF THE DEAD (Park Plaza Hotel); (FF) SECOND COMING (Bonnie Brae)

9. 1989-90 William Barrett (Billiam the Stiff): ONCE UPON A HALLOWEEN (Santa Monica Airport); FEAST OF FOOLS (Pan Pacific Park)

10. 1990-1 Jack Tate (Jack II): HALLOWEEN (Boys Camp); NYE (Boys Camp); FEAST OF FOOLS (Boys Camp)

11. 1991-2 Jonnathon Cripple (Ludicrous I): (H) SKULL ISLAND (Boys Camp); NEW YEARS ON THE TITANIC (Boys Camp); (FF) BIG TOWN (Boys Camp)

12. 1992-3 David Springhorn (Ignoramus I): (H) PROF. PAGLICACCI’S MUSEUM OF HUMAN ECCENTRICITY (Boys Camp); (NYE) MIDNIGHT AT THE OASIS (Boys Camp)

13. 1993-4 Jim Kelly & Jim Layne (Frivolous Wrex II): (H) OSCAR WILDE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Boys Camp); (NYE) DEN OF INIQUITY (Boys Camp); (FF) FOOLS PARADISE LUAU (Hollywood Women’s Club)

14. 1994-5 Rocky McMurray (Stymie the Flatulent): HALLOWEEN (Hollywood Women’s Club); (NYE) END OF PROHIBITION ‘34 (Boys Camp); (FF) FOOLS IN SPACE: NIGHT AT THE GALACTIC ZOO (Hollywood Women’s Club)

15. 1995-6 Steve Marshall (Dome the Cranky): HALLOWEEN IN HELL (First event at Burbank Moose Lodge); NYE IN HAVANA ’56 (Masquers Cafe); (FF) COME AS WHAT YOU’RE NOT (Hollywood Women’s Club)

16. 1996-7 Jeffrey Weissman (Dingaling): MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (Loma Vista Place); (H) DEAD CLOWN BALL (Burbank Moose Lodge); (NYE) ROYAL FLUSH CLUB ’47 (Final event at Hollywood Women’s Club); (FF) HORSIN’ A-ROUND (Santa Monica Pier Carousel); SECRET AGENT/JAMES BOND (Princes’ Party at Griffith Park Old Zoo)

17. 1997-8 Daniel Singer (Rover Canine I): (H) O YOU ANIMAL (Burbank Moose Lodge); (NYE) LAST CHANCE LOUNGE (All Star Bowling Lanes, Eagle Rock); (FF) WHITE TRASH WEDDING (Burbank Moose Lodge)

18. 1998-9 Michael Tuba Heatherton (Toobah IV): (H) HAUNTED HOLLYWEIRD (Burbank Moose Lodge); (NYE) 50’s HIGH SCHOOL REUNION (Glendale Wine Vault)

19. 1999-2000 Dario Benjamin (Doodah I): (JULY) PARTY IN THE GARDEN; (H) WHODOO THE VOODOO (Burbank Moose Lodge); (FF) ARABIAN NIGHTS BEDOUIN BALL (Burbank Moose Lodge)

20. 2000-1 Gary Morgan (Flautus Proboscis): (H) FAIERY FOREST FANTASY (Darla Hitchcock’s); (NYE) MASQUERADE (Morgan Castle); FEAST OF FOOLS (GreenMan Manor, Altadena)

21. 2001-2 Sandey Grinn (Carpe Cockus): WICKED HALLOWEEN HAUNT
(GreenMan Manor); (NYE) B/W MASQUERADE (Morgan Castle); (FF) KING OF
HEARTS (Roverzone, Pasadena)

22. 2002-3 Paula Chambers (Delecta Eubetta Genuflecta): (H) HAUNTED
FOREST: GRIMM FAIRY TALES (Boys Camp); (NYE) MOULIN ROUGE (Boys Camp);
(FF) UNDER THE SEA (Burbank Moose Lodge)

23. 2003-4 Christina Linhardt (Venus Creamus): (H) NIGHTMARE CIRCUS
(Boys Camp); (NYE) CARNIVALE OF VENICE (Boys Camp); (FF) RITUAL OF THE
FOOL (Burbank Moose Lodge)

24. 2004-5 J. Paul Moore (Supercilius I): (H) INTO THE MYSTIC (Burbank
Moose Lodge); (NYE) PUTTIN’ ON THE RITZ (Gemini Manor); (FF) CHEESE
(Burbank Moose Lodge)

25. 2005-6 James Hendricks (Magnanimous I): (H) CAP’N SALTY’S PIRATE
PARTY (Burbank Moose Lodge); (NYE) FOOLS GOLD (Burbank Moose Lodge);
(FF) BEDOUIN BASH (Burbank Moose Lodge)

26. 2006-7 Roger Wilson (Jolly I): (H) SPACE PIRATES RETURNING FROM
BURNING MAN (Burbank Moose Lodge); JEAN LAFITTE’S MASKED BALL (Burbank
Moose Lodge); NEVERLAND (GreenMan Lodge)

27. 2007-8 Heidi Barthelemy (Quing Lickity Split): (H) VAUDEVILLE IS
DEAD (Burbank Moose Lodge); (NYE) BOLLYWOOD (Burbank Moose Lodge); (FF)
DR SEUSS (Burbank Moose Lodge)

28. 2008-9 Paula Re/Fred Lehto (KinKi Korazon/Klimax Konundrum): (H)
AREA 51 LOUNGE (Burbank Moose Lodge); FORBIDDEN CITY (Burbank Moose
Lodge); (FF) PSYCHADELIC 60’S (Santa Barbara Oddfellows)

29. 2009-10 Q’s Dick: (H) CREOLE VAMPIRE BALL (Glendale Moose Lodge);
(NYE) RAT PACK OF FOOLS (Glendale Moose Lodge); (FF) SHAGADELIC ‘60s
(Skandia Hall, Pasadena)

30. 2010-11 Danielle Guzenske (Good & Plenty): SPRING LOVE-IN
(Green Man Lodge); (H) HEROES & VILLIANS (Glendale Moose
Lodge); (NYE) OSCAR AWARDS (Skandia Hall); (FF) BACHANNAL (Green Man
Lodge)

31. 2011-12 Wendibird Leader (Atlasta King): (H) WILD THINGS (Glendale
Moose Lodge); (NYE) SHIP OF FOOLS (Glendale Moose Lodge); (FF) BIRTHDAY
PARTY (Lakeside Clubhouse, Culver City)

32. 2012-13 Wim Griffith (Kneezaparte The Puppet King): (Pre-H): AT THE
HOP (Glendale Moose Lodge); (FF) FEAST OF FOOLS (Green Man Lodge)

33. 2013-14 Chris & Craig Williams (King James Charming 007th
& Quing Lily Lame’ 34D): (H) COWBOYS & ALIENS (Viva
Cantina, Burbank); (NYE) CASINO ROYALE (Mayflower Club, NoHo); (FF) MAD
HATTER’S TEA PARTY (Katie Parkin’s, Sunland)

34. 2014-15 Richard Beard (Bodacious SpoonFool): (H) HOT STUFF (Way2Much Studio);
DOWN HOME MARDI GRAS (Way2Much Studio); INT'L PI DAY FESTIVAL
(Way2Much Studio); (FF) OLYMPIA FALLS (Way2Much Studio).


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