If it’s sexy, taboo or socially unacceptable, chances are a River runs through it. And hell if she isn’t a babbling brook. Here’s what busy gal Huston had to say.
Temple News: Who are you, what do you do, why should we care?
River Huston: River Huston. I’m a performer – an educator who believes that humor is a healing force in all of life. There’s nothing better than coming together and laughing over the challenges in life, you know?
TN: What’s the best part about your job?
RH: Last night! [After the premiere of Sex, Cellulite and Large Farm Equipment]. Imagine working for three months solid, without anytime to think of anything but this work and when it comes together it’s the most beautiful thing in the world. You know, I really wanted to hit a broader audience that had no idea what they were getting into.
TN: Britney or Christina?
RH: Move over! [Laughs]. Which one? Britney is just having a nervous breakdown and no one knows it yet…poor bubby. Britney can’t sing for sh*t! Christina’s a bad girl but she’s got a voice.
TN: Sex, Cellulite and Large Farm Equipment has many themes, ideals, validations. Is there a message amidst the motivation?
RH: Life is fabulous! Don’t waste one more minute being hard on yourself – get out and celebrate, baby!
TN: What’s the good and bad of performing in Philly?
RH: The good? You don’t feel as overwhelmed as you would, say, New York. And the bad? I don’t know, wait until my reviews come out.
TN: Give the circumstances and consequences of your last Diva tantrum.
RH: Just this morning, my f*cking mortgage company! I’ve gotten calls everyday for 10 months from an auto-dialer, so this morning a woman calls and tells me she doesn’t understand why I’m so upset, and it was all downhill from there. I’m rarely like that, it was just this morning.
TN: Who’s your hero?
RH: Oh, God, I would say…can I have three? Cher, Stan Heleva who said ‘This isn’t a poetry reading, this is a slam, baby.’ My husband. All my friends, I love my friends.
TN: Why are we so afraid to talk about sex?
RH: Because we don’t have any guidelines to go on. Everything is so extreme. You die if you don’t do it, you die if you do. We’re supposed to be open; we’re supposed to be sexy, but no one ever wants to talk about it.
Being open about sex is like showing your cards, you’re not cool anymore, there’s no mystery, and it’s all out there. And being open lets you have better sex! You can have two really hot people but the sex is just, I mean, they think your clitoris is an elevator button!
There’s pressure on the guy because he’s the performer and pressure on the girl because she’s not supposed to know anything…we need to speak up!
TN: What should we be thankful for?
RH: Our friends, our family, they’re true treasures, wealth in our lives. My friends all sat in the front row at my preview on Tuesday, if I could tell you how bad it was, but none of it mattered, they were there.
Matt Donnelly can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org