Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center and Dennis Hensley Present 'The MisMatch Game' on February 7-8 - Los Angeles LGBT Center

Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center and Dennis Hensley Present 'The MisMatch Game' on February 7-8

January 21, 2020
Contact: Gil Diaz

It’s time once again to “get ready to match the stars” with a new edition of Dennis Hensley’s The MisMatch Game. The side-splitting parody of the ‘70s game show has set the rafters ringing with laughter since its debut in 2004. The show the L.A. Times calls, “witty, ribald … an adventure in surrealist era bending” returns to the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Renberg Theatre for two hilarious shows on Friday, February 7, and Saturday, February 8, at 8 p.m.

Creator, producer, and host Dennis “Gene Rayburn” Hensley will again be joined onstage by a panel of some L.A.’s most creative, hilarious, and demented minds. Hensley and company are once again generously donating the proceeds to benefit the Center’s array of free and low-cost services. Since its debut in 2004, The MisMatch Game has raised well over $140,000 for the Center. With kitschy prizes for volunteer contestants pulled from the audience, it’s time to dig out that leisure suit for another run of the perennial cult favorite.

Fractured celebrity impersonations include such luminaries (living and otherwise!) as Bea Arthur, Jack Nicholson, Zooey Deschanel, Ricardo Montalbán, Morgan Freeman, Julia Child, Pee Wee Herman, Jessica Simpson, Danny Bonaduce, Pamela Anderson, Tilda Swinton, and President Barack Obama. 

The cast on Friday will include (in alphabetical order) Danté (as Jack Nicholson), Maile Flanagan (as Danny Bonaduce), Rebekah Kochan (as Pamela Anderson), Tom Lenk (as Zooey Deschanel or Tilda Swinton), Marc Samuel (as Morgan Freeman), and Willam (as Jessica Simpson).

On Saturday the cast will feature Jackie Beat (as Bea Arthur), Julie Brown (as Melania Trump), Danny Casillas (as Reba Areba), Nadya Ginsburg (as Cher), Felix Pire (as Ricardo Montalbán), and Chris Pudlo (as Peewee Herman). All appearances are subject to change. Visit lalgbtcenter.org/theatre for updates.

The MisMatch Game regularly fills the house at its irregularly scheduled gigs at the Renberg Theatre. Audiences keep coming back for the razor’s edge improv and the racy, anarchic, and decidedly un-PC wit and wildness. The Advocate honored The MisMatch Game with a “10 Best Theatre” citation that said, “This recurring Los Angeles happening re-imagines the ‘70s TV game show The Match Game with full-camp press and excellent sub-lebrity impersonations.”

General admission tickets are $15 and may be purchased online at lalgbtcenter.org/theatre or by phone at 323-860-7300. The Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Renberg Theatre is located at 1125 N. McCadden Place (one block east of Highland, just north of Santa Monica Boulevard) in Hollywood 90038.

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Since 1969 the Los Angeles LGBT Center has cared for, championed, and celebrated LGBT individuals and families in Los Angeles and beyond. Today the Center's nearly 800 employees provide services for more LGBT people than any other organization in the world, offering programs, services, and global advocacy that span four broad categories: Health, Social Services and Housing, Culture and Education, Leadership and Advocacy. We are an unstoppable force in the fight against bigotry and the struggle to build a better world; a world in which LGBT people thrive as healthy, equal, and complete members of society. Learn more at lalgbtcenter.org.

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