Let Lucha VaVOOM’s special “Mexican Horror Story” shows get you in the mood for Halloween.
One of the most famous recurring characters on “Saturday Night Live” over the past several years is Stefon, Bill Hader’s flamboyant club promoter who describes New York’s hottest clubs, with absurd mixes of attractions that no one would expect as entertainment. Stefon would certainly be a fan of Lucha VaVOOM, which mixes Mexican masked wrestling with burlesque and comedy.
Lucha VaVOOM is holding its “Mexican Horror Story” Halloween shows Oct. 28 and 29 at the Mayan Theatre, featuring a special Hair vs. Mask Match between the Los Crazy Chickens and Dirty Sanchez (One side will lose their mask or get shaved!), as well as stripteases and color commentary. Young Adult star Patton Oswalt and Fred Armisen of “Portlandia” and “Saturday Night Live” are just a couple of the comedians who have been on hand for matches in the past, so you never know what special guests might be in store.
The show is meant to appeal explicitly to the most basic pleasures: sex, violence and laughter. It is not meant to be a highbrow show, instead appealing to a raucous sensibility. The masked wrestlers, who boast names such as Chocolate Caliente and Li’l Cholo, enter the theater in a parade of low-rider cars, demonstrating the show’s wholehearted commitment to over-the-top spectacle. Because watching masked wrestlers pummel one another and burlesque dancers remove their clothing may not be enough to hold the attention of the audience, Lucha VaVOOM also includes aerial acts and pogo-stick peelers.
Sex and violence may be the drawing points of Lucha VaVOOM, but the show’s heart may very well be comedy. Wrestling and striptease are the draws, but the main focus of the show seems to be comedy, considering its parade of comics who provide commentary during the show and make frequent appearances. Jack Black, who gave American audiences a taste of the the Mexican masked wrestling tradition when he starred in Nacho Libre, is a fan of the event. Lucha VaVOOM may be a wrestling show, but it owes more to Chris Rock than to the Rock.
For tickets and more information, visit luchavavoom.com.