Prom Gone Wrong

Get your powder-blue tux ready. The Dumpsta Players return to Bob & Barbara's this week with a new comedy show.

Photos courtesy of Dumpsta Players

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the trashiest prom queen of them all? The cast of characters in the local comedy troupe the Dumpsta Players will all be vying for the title this week (April 20) when PromTrash 420 takes over Bob & Barbara’s (11 p.m.) – beloved freak show and all.

G Philly talked to Ricky Paul (a.k.a. DJ K-Tell) about what we can expect from this weird and wacky show – the Dumpstas always deliver plenty of LGBT laughs. He tells us that audiences are encouraged to “dress” for the occasion. That means it may be time to dig out the old powder-blue tux and Little Mermaid-inspired gown if you know what’s good for you.

Your shows are always off the wall. But what’s the wackiest thing we can expect from your prom show?

Celebrities are lining up to perform at this special 420 Prom! Expect appearances from Amy Winehouse, Lily Allen, 90s gangsta rapper AMG, and, of course, The Mary Jane Girls.

Anyone who’s been to a Dumpsta event knows that things can get pretty out of hand. Is there any audience participation this time around? We want to give people ample warning, Ricky.

Prom Trash is totally an audience participation show. Anyone can show up that night at Bob and Barbara’s and compete to win Miss PromTrash. I have heard all sorts of rumors about eight-foot giants showing up, queens mocking RuPaul’s Drag Race and someone dressed as Janis Joplin if she went to Prom High. These are just rumors, though.

Ok. So what should I wear to PromTrash?

Your most hideous 80s style prom dress.

Give a girl some credit. I went to the prom in the equally hideous 90s. So what does the 420 in PromTrash 420 stand for exactly?

The 420 is the unofficial pot holiday. Since our show happens to fall on April 20, it seems an obvious theme. If you search it on Google, you’ll discover the back story that 420 started somewhere in San Rafael, Calif., in the late 70s. It started as the police code for “Marijuana Smoking in Progress.” After local pot heads heard of the police call, they started using the expression “420” when referring to the herb in question, as in, “Let’s go 420, dude!”

Who are some of the faces we’ll be seeing this year?

Mrs. Miller, our reigning Prom Trash queen, will be back. Plus, first and second runners up Shenanigans Hannigan and Margaret Orthodox are competing- and many more.

If one was to place a bet on whether Mrs. Miller will be able to defend her title – how would you wager?

If a drunk can slug a fifth of whiskey in three minutes, you can be damn sure Mrs. Miller can win again.

I’m holding you to your word. What’s your role in the show?

I will be your foul mouthed, surly host.

PromTrash 420, April 20, 11 p.m., Bob & Barbara’s, 1509 South St., 215-545-4511.