Councilman Peralez Strips Down for Monday Night Live

San José Inside  June 24, 2015

Sans the rivalry of a mayoral contest that fueled the drama of last year’s Monday Night Live!, the political comedy show ramped up the raunchiness for its 22nd annual production this week with a skit that left freshman Councilman Raul Peralez drenched and shirtless. Set to an Addam’s Family theme—complete with dry ice and a macabre, melodramatic Gomez Addams—the sketch-fest kicked off with a Three Stooges scene starring developers Tom ArmstrongRay Hashimoto and Michael Van Every. The bumbling trio, on a quest to steal San José’s overcooked general plan, encounter a zombified interim Councilwoman Margie Matthews mumbling something about the jobs-housing balance and industrial land conversions, evidently possessed by some policy wonk poltergeist. Peralez, the gamely host for the evening, picked it up with a canned stump speech that morphed into a Magic Mike-slash-Flashdance number punctuated by offbeat thrusting, table-top dancing and a chair-straddling strip-down that gave everyone a good long look at his tattoos. Council colleague and “token Republican” Johnny Khamis made an appearance with Deputy Director of Economic Development Nanci Klein to riff on Mayor Sam Liccardo’s toilet-to-tap-guzzling publicity stunt. Though absent in the flesh, District 4 contenders Manh Nguyen and Tim Orozco worked their way into the script. In a Saturday Night Live!-style “Weekend Update,” anchors Halsey Varady and Will Springhorn Jr. quipped about Nguyen’s rumored stable of wives and how Orozco could blame Sen. Barbara Boxer for his long-ago DUI busts. Ex-Mayor Chuck Reed got a shout-out for turning a $1 FPPC fine into a $106,000 return by some alchemical calculus. After taking a jab at Metro trying too hard to be edgy, Willow Glen Councilman Pierluigi Oliverio delivered a “Top 10” list teasing Liccardo for indulging Vice Mayor Rose Herrera’s delusions of grandeur by letting her sit in his office after-hours. And for forgetting to strap on a bike helmet during union negotiations.