Charismatic comedian and former stripper, Lisa Faith Phillips is bringing her new show How to Be a Bad Girl to Cornelia Street Downstairs for Valentine’s Day. After a sold-out tour of her popular self-help parody 7 ½ Habits of Highly Successful Mistresses, she was sued for trademark infringement by the Franklin Covey Corporation, owners of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People trademark.
Now she’s back with How to Be a Bad Girl. Through the character of Dr. Faith, accompanied by the gifted Mistress Ethel (Ellen Mandel) on piano, Lisa gives the "411 on romance, love and security in this entertaining off-the-wall performance" (Time-Out New York). Updating with the latest current events and highlighting the 7 ½ secrets of how to be a bad girl with a riding crop, maracas and witty original songs, such as "How To Be A Bad Girl" and “The Fellatio Tango”, this “outrageously funny” (Newyorkcool.com) seminar “is fun for wives, for husbands, for everybody" (Pagina 12).
Drawing on her colorful experiences, working as a stripper to pay her way through graduate school at the London School of Economics, and her background in stand-up comedy and music, Lisa weaves topical humor and song into a clever, thought-provoking and ultimately touching show. Part comedy, part cabaret, part two-woman theater piece, it all adds up to an evening of sophisticated, fun entertainment.
The performance features original songs by Phillips and Mandel from the winning anthem “Help Me Dr. Faith” to the hilarious “I Can Not Get Enough” and Ellen’s touching ballads “Wasn’t Such a Big Affair” to her bring-down-the-house blues “Smile When You Say Good-bye”. A sing-along with a touch of discipline for Jule Styne’s "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend" and a clever twist on Porter’s “Everytime We Say Good-bye" top off the entertaining evening.