Aug. 7, 2005 | Duluth
The geek shall inherit the Earth.
But until then, they get Geek Prom: One night to guzzle Shasta
and awkwardly mingle with people dressed like Legolas and
Amy Sedaris in “Strangers With Candy.”
Geek Prom cranks up at 9 p.m. Saturday in Pizza Luce, 11 E.
Usually a haven for hipsters, Pizza Luce will host the crowning
of a geek king and queen, a spaz-dancing contest and a geekified
Geek Prom co-organizer Paul Lundgren said G4, the video game
TV network, is flying in a reporter from Los Angeles to cover
the event. Talk about geek cred.
The prom’s newest feature, the Gonzo Gong Show, will
be hosted by two of Duluth’s most prominent geeks, Gonzo
Science Brothers Allen and Jim Richardson.
Lundgren said the goal for competitors is to find a talent
that’s cheesy enough for geeks to appreciate, yet not
so cheesy to result in gonging.
“We think that we can get more mimes, more yodelers,
more kazoo players, more ventriloquists than any other stage
in the Twin Ports,” said Lundgren, who has planned Geek
Prom with Scott Lunt since 2002.
Duluth geek Chris Marshall, who is on the planning committee,
said his favorite part of the event is geek accoutrement.
“I love what geeks bring to prove that they’re
geeks,” Marshall said. “One year, this girl brought
her sticker book.”
At 11 p.m., judges will crown the Geek Prom king and queen,
who win a ride on a Cirrus plane. Not a trip, not a parachute
jump, just a ride.
The evening also includes a spaz-dancing contest to music
by the Hoot Owls and DJ Konnor.
“Somebody is probably going to try to kiss a girl for
the first time and fail,” Lundgren said. “We’re
also three-for-three on geek streaking so far, but I think
Pizza Luce represents a unique challenge for streakers, so
no promises. Or threats, as it were.”