The Gospel of Sherilyn Fenn, the book and the show.
There was a time in burlesque performer Brad Lawrence’s life when peeking at a Playboy on the sly could lead to an impromptu prayer meeting, held in public elevator, to purge the demon lust from his very soul. Part Running With Scissors, part Sleepwalk With Me, and with a stiff nod to Penthouse Letters, The Gospel of Sherilyn fenn is a comic memoir about growing up, trying to see naked girls, and what happens when Brad finally succeeds. Using stories he developed as a host of The Moth and as a Storyteller who has performed in venues from South By Southwest to The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Brad tells how a shy kid obsessed with comics becomes a purveyor of hand drawn porn in the sixth grade and a Christian soldier on the march against premarital sex by the ninth. In the course of this journey more than his sexual innocence is lost, as the quest for exposed breasts plays a role in a sibling’s suicide, his fragile family life being threatened by a violent drug dealer, and finally to the bout of teenage anorexia that probably saved his life. It’s a journey to sex, love, and self acceptance and eventually to taking your pants off on stage while dressed as Doctor Phil. Along the way, and with all credit to late night cable, Brad discovers the difference between what you are taught and what you learn.