Fun Follies event laughs at you, and with you
By Ann Cantrell
Since the late '70s, the people of Morgan County have been laughing at each other.
For the past few decades, the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center has hosted the Fun Follies, where individuals and groups from Morgan County participate in different skits.
Elsie Monk, organizer for the event, said that while the Fun Follies have changed over the years with things like additions of power points, the concept behind the event has changed little. She said that the main purpose of the skits is to give people a good laugh and good feeling when they walk away.
With all the participation from locals, the Fun Follies are an opportunity to learn more about the locals.
“You get to see people you know do funny things…things you didn’t think they could do or should do,” Monk said.
From the beginning, the Fun Follies have also been an opportunity enjoy, but also laugh at the people of Madison. In fact, one of the first advertisements for the event jokingly stated that there would be no encores because the performers do everything in the first act and also that there would be an intermission to allow the audience to leave.
The Fun Follies are held every other year and Patricia DuBose, marketing director for MMCC, said there are certain skits that everyone looks forward to. One of these performances making an appearance this year includes the reading of the Morgan County Citizen Police Blotter section.
Dreamgirls, a group of local women who sang Supremes songs together years ago, will make an appearance again. Monk hesitated to say who would be in the performance since the performances are supposed to be a surprise.
Another skit will be “Top 10 Reasons Madison Is the Number One Small Town in America,” which is based on the similar David Letterman skit.
There will also be a revival of the old '50s game show, “To Tell the Truth.” The skit will involve people guessing the identity of a local person. The performers from Suessical will also perform a skit.
Monk said that all of these skits have the same idea behind them as the original Fun Follies.
“In this day and time, everyone needs a good laugh,” Monk said.
The Fun Follies will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 4 and Saturday, April 5.