By Derrick DePledge
News media and public relations staffers show off their talent for satire this weekend in Gridiron 2013 #sequester this at Diamond Head Theater.
The sold-out shows, a fundraiser for the Society of Professional Journalists Hawaii chapter, mock public officials through song and dance.
Christie Wilson's review in Pulse touches on how some politicians fared:
Guiterrez, on stilts as Mufi Hannemann, delivered the best line of the night in a sketch about Abercrombie’s paranormal experience with the late Sen. Daniel Inouye, who visits from the afterlife to chide the gov for ignoring his dying wish to install Rep. Colleen Hanabusa as his successor.
Other politicians taking their licks were “Manic Mayor” Kirk Caldwell; Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui of Maui, who writes “A Letter From Camp” to his boss a la the Alan Sherman classic; a preening Tulsi Gabbard who touts her instant celebrity in “Call Me Tulsi,” from the Carly Rae Jepsen hit; former Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz, who is “Suddenly Senator” (borrowing from “Little Shop of Horrors”); and charisma-free Sen. Mazie Hirono, who gets roasted by the boy band Wrong Direction in “We Don’t Care You’re Really Dull.” Ouch.
And just when the audience was beginning to worry that Donalyn Dela Cruz wouldn’t be channeling the bad-ass Hanabusa as she has in past Gridirons, out popped Bill Sage with the opening “what, what”’s to Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop.”
Dela Cruz was hella kickin’ it as the hip-hopping congresswoman, rapping: “I’m in D.C. like, wassup, no can stop / My poll numbers, they going up to the top / Neil’s still the gov, he’s our top donkey / Eh, he’s one cold-blooded honky.”