August 13, 2010 — In a finale seared into the collective unconscious of the Elbo Room crowd, poet D. A. Powell came from behind to snatch victory from novelist Tanya Egan Gibson. After citing the correct Shakespearean play, he claimed the winning point by thrusting his cactus forward to pop host M.G. Martin’s cherry (balloon). And yes, the exploding balloon did spew forth a distinctly blood-like liquid.
Entries in Tony Dushane (4)
LDM SF Ep. X at Amnesia was an erudite assault for the millennium, as Redroom.com’s Alan Black divided-to-conquer his way past Watchword Press’ Matt Rohrer. Black’s second-round literary sing-a-long was a genius stroke that he rode all the way to victory.
In the most ambitious Literary Death Match ever--an “All-Star” event featuring past SF winners, judges and hosts--Andrew Lam (the winner of SF’s Episode 7), trumped all with his blindly skilled placement of Leatherface’s body (yes, the chainsaw murderer in cardboard cut-out form) onto the oversized, two-dimensional heads of great literary figures/past LDM champs: Daniel Handler, Bucky Sinister and Rupert Estanislao. The feat was witnessed by 190 laughing fans at the Rickshaw Stop, who cheered wildly (and confusingly) at the finale.
The Literary Death Match’s Episode 6 at San Francisco’s Rickshaw Stop proved to be a fantastic and well-fought battle, indeed. With usual host Todd Zuniga bounding around Poland, genius fill-in Kurt Bodden (past LDM judge and host of Talk Show Live) proved fearless as host. The night ended with Tony Dushane of Cherry Bleeds six-word-memoiring his way to victory.