Meet the Philly Man Who Played “Keanu” in Point Break Live

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From left: Jo-Anne Lee (Keanu handler/stunt double), Bob Babjak (Keanu fill-in plucked from the audience) and Michael Christoforo (Bodhi) at Point Break Live at Underground Arts last weekend. (Photo: Dan McQuade)

“My name is Johnny Utah,” the man on stage said. Everyone at Underground Arts screamed the next line along with him. “I am an FBI agent!

The man on stage was Bob Babjak, a freelance copywriter in Philadelphia. Last Saturday night, he was playing “Keanu” at Point Break Live, a parody of the 1991 action/bank heist/surfing/skydiving film. The movie stars Keanu Reeves as Johnny Utah — a former Ohio State quarterback-turned-rookie FBI agent — tasked to investigate a sting of bank robberies committed by surfers wearing president masks.

The conceit of the stage show, written in 2003 by Jamie Keeling, is that Keanu didn’t show up to play the lead in that night’s performance. But the show must go on, and so the role of Keanu is cast from the audience right there. People who audition have to read two lines and perform a physical feat. Read more »

DO THIS: William Way’s Indigogo Queer Polar Dance Party at Underground Arts

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A few months ago, in our recurring end-of-the-week column Philanthropy Friday, William Way Development Director Michael Pomante hinted that, after the success of last fall’s IndiGoGo, the Center would be hosting another one at Underground Arts this winter. Well he wasn’t kidding: Plans have been made, DJs have been booked. Indigogo: A Queer Polar Dance Party is, well, a go-go.

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R U Keanu? Point Break Live Comes To Underground Arts

Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze, AKA Johnny Utah and Bodhi.

Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze, AKA Johnny Utah and Bodhi.

You could be the next Johnny Utah, brah.

If you have ever witnessed the ’90s blockbuster Point Break, you’re familiar with FBI rookie Utah—played by Keanu Reeves—who is forced undercover into the savage world of the L.A. surf community, riding gnarly waves and sparking an intense bromance in an attempt to take down a group of surfers who double as hard-knock bank robbers.

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IndiGoGo a Huge Success, Please Make it a Regular Thing

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William Way Community Center‘s IndiGoGo party was everything I hoped it would be. For the first time, the annual fundraiser brought together 11 Philly party producers who put on a hell of a shindig Saturday night at Underground Arts. The affair took up five (Six? I lost count) rooms within the Loft District venue—each featuring DJs, circus performers, go-go dancers, and there was even one where you could get spanked by porn star Colby Keller.

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