Little Michael Jackson, so wrong…

I’m in Huanchaco in Peru and it’s Sunday night.  I’m sitting on the couch with Gina, the daughter of the owner of the place I’m staying at and watching TV.  We had a bit of a big night last night at the local reggae festival and are having a quiet night in.  My toenails are being painted as I type…

And what do you watch on Sunday night?  Punto Final, the Peruvian version of 60 minutes, for some hard hitting, quality journalism.  First up there is a story on gang wars in Lima with lots of interviews about the main guys.  Interesting stuff and goes for about 20 minutes.

And the next story?  The rest of the show, all of 40 minutes, is devoted to Little Michael Jackson, a dwarf who does Michael Jackson impersonations and let me tell you it was compulsive viewing.  It was more of a retrospective on his career as an dancing dwarf.  There was footage of him on old variety shows, footage of him doing a strip tease (many) on day time TV, leaping on to the desk of the host for a quiet word, jumping into the lap of an old lady in the audience and using her as a pole for a low rise pole dance. Then after the build up of the retrospective, the crew films him putting on the make up and outfit for the Michael Jackson thing. They follow him on the subway, the interviewer puts on a baseball hat backwards and bigs up the little guy, and then he starts busking in the street, moon walking, doing all the moves. People filming with the phones and the like, he was a big hit. And what does Little Jackson do after wowing the crowds? He hits the town, climbing on bars and doing lie backs for all those lovely ladies.

I have laughed so hard, I couldn’t stop crying.  Gina is familiar with his work somehow and kept telling me about the good bits of his routine coming up.  It really is nearly-pants-wetting-wrong-kind of funny.  I’d love to see Liz Hayes doing this kind of interview.  She was born to it.

My toenails are now drying…

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