"I feel like Orson Welles and The War of the Worlds," laughs Jim Short, one of the comedians who put together the phony spot. "The Martians are comin', and Jimmy Walker's got a new series -- everybody run!"
On a semirelated note, during a recent gig at Cobb's, Johnny Steele advised people in their 20s to enjoy their partying resiliency -- while they can. "At my age, I have two dark beers and a slice of pizza, and I wake up with a bloody nose and an eyeball hanging out of the socket."
Freaks at the Fillmore
The New Jim Rose Circus (formerly the Jim Rose Circus Sideshow) returns to San Francisco next month to close out its American tour for this year, after which circus members pant for a few weeks in Seattle to catch their breath. Then it's off to Canada, Australia, South Africa, and Europe, which, Rose says, will then bring them up to the year 2000. Featured acts this appearance include female sumo wrestlers and the ever-diligent Mr. Lifto, who will gallantly swing a car battery from his penis. "It's a dangerous cartoon," says Rose. See for yourself Dec. 5 at the Fillmore.