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The Aaron Blanck Exit Interview

Another holiday has come and gone--


Well, not really. Halloween is still a week away.


But Aaron Blanck's "Trick or Treat-quel" is closed, and that means it's time for--


The Epic Exit Interview with Aaron Blanck


We sat down with Aaron in front of a fake fireplace, and asked him all about his tour de force, and why it was so...forceful.


Here's what he had to say.


1. What is your favorite line from the show? Doesn't have to be yours.

“Miracle? Like the ice skating?” The whole cast told me before tech that it wasn’t funny and made no sense but it got a laugh every night, thanks to Maggie’s expert line reading.

2. What role would you want to play other than your own?

Either Shelley Duvall or Karen Grant/Death so I could sing reach out and touch, though I’d never do it as well as Beth or Jen.

3. Your show is new work and new work is always changing. Quick--tell us one number you would cut completely out of the show right now if you had to.

If I had to? "Memory" because it impacted the plot the least. I should mention the amount of songs that were cut, from a ballad version of Ghostbusters to a parody of September by Earth Wind and Fire called "October" to "Thriller" which was cut for, um, reasons.

4. What was your favorite Halloween costume?

My favorite of mine was when I went as Patti Smith on the cover of the Horses album, my favorite I’ve ever seen was my friend Ali going as dry cleaning, wearing a nice dress covered in cellophane with a hanger on her head.

5. What do you think is the least successful sequel of all time?

I usually prefer a sequel, cuz it’s less world building and more plot, so instead I’m gonna list my favorite sequels; Shrek 2, Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again, and the Great Muppet Caper

6. Was Mike Puppi really just Liza Minnelli masquerading as Mike Puppi as Liza Minnelli?

That question is as confusing as that plot point was, but yes.

7. Which costume in the show was your favorite?

The Great Pumpkin shall, it originally was only worn for one scene but I liked it so much I switched it to the opening. That and the Jesus jumpsuit which we found at savers for $8 that fit me perfectly.

8. How long did it take you to teach a thousand people to sing "Like a Prayer?"

THREE FULL DAYS, every other scene required a day of learning and a brush up day and then we spent probably 10 hours learning, fixing, and polishing "Like a Prayer." 18 people finales are no joke.

9. Who will you miss the most?

I would LOVE to answer that but I have a feeling we haven’t seen the last of any of these guys, and if I singled one out I’m sure they would shoot me through the heart with an arrow. Wink.

10. Describe the experience in one word.

BETH



Photo by Samantha Gaus Photography

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