Jun 26, 2019 01:01PM
● By Dawn Garcia
If you’ve ever wanted to leave the world behind, if only for a couple hours, and indulge in pure cirque worthy joy with the wit and appeal of Monty Python, Scot Nery’s Boobietrap, located in the heart of Hollywood, is well worth braving SoCal traffic for.
Nery is an entertainer through and through, but his life as a performer started before he fully understood his purpose. He fell in love with magic at age seven, and it was only up from there. “I was taught by a very formal magician, a tuxedo kind of guy,” he says. “I loved magic early on and started doing paid shows at age 11. One day when I was 13, I just thought, what if I get goofy? It felt awesome. Engaging in the magic that I loved with my true personality was a blast.”
That essence of professionalism and good old-fashioned joviality is everything Boobietrap embodies. One of Nery’s favorite quotes is by Mario Andretti: “If everything is under control, you are not going fast enough.” Boobietrap reflects that mentality.
“Lots of people will go see concerts, and if they see a bad one, they will still listen to music again,” he says. “But if you see a bad juggler, you’ll likely say jugglers aren’t for you. I can’t wait to prove you wrong.”
Having trained as a street performer, Nery traveled the country setting up public shows for 50 to as many as 300 guests. Paying close attention to how people responded led him to fully understand what audiences want.
“Audiences want to be excited, motivated, and challenged and to feel safe,” Nery says. “The other frills included in shows are often useless.”
Boobietrap is a variety show featuring an array of performers, many of which Nery has performed with throughout his career. The contagiously energetic show features music, comedy, and acrobatics.
“LA is brimming with world-class talent you’ll never get to see,” Nery says. “These performers are either traveling or working in places that aren’t open to everyone. I wanted to create a world where all of that incredible talent is accessible to audiences that live here.”
While Los Angeles may be plentiful in vacant buildings, finding a home for Boobietrap didn’t come easily. “In the beginning, my friend had access to a warehouse the size of a city block in Echo Park. It was incredible,” Nery says. “We had access to this huge space and a bunch of equipment, including lights, sound, stage perfect for building an underground show. I brought in my experience of producing theater shows, as well as my network and my friends’ networks of amazing world-class and weird-class entertainers.”
His love of performing started when he was young, and he was open to learning from anyone open to teaching. “Traveling the world and performing all the time is a crash course in both performance and events,” he says. “Looking at what killed with an audience, what could have helped the performer connect better, it really formed what mattered to me. I learned so much by just watching as much comedy as I could, taking notes, and trying new things all the time. ”
No stranger to hard work and excellence, Nery is adamant about hiring the world’s top acts. “In the beginning it was all about texting some friends to come out for the show. Then it became asking them for recommendations, and it just kept growing like that,” he says. “The show has also gained its own momentum, and now people submit their acts to us, and we do our best to find a spot in the show for those. Our lineup spots are usually booked out a month in advance.”
Nery’s ultimate goal is to create opportunity for performers to be seen. “We love to take care of Boobietrap performers and do what it takes to give them a really fulfilling experience,” he says. “A lot of times, we don’t really care about the content of the performance we just look at what the audience is doing. Are they loving it? Is the entertainer doing their job?”
Nery’s respect and adoration for every performer is palpable. “From Michael Rayner rolling flaming cheeseburgers on a parasol to a contortionist who has trained from basically birth both can make people feel equally bodacious. When they are supported, loved, and listened to, they make even more amazing audiences and killer performers. Being able to create a culture where that can happen is so important to me no matter how much growth we encounter.”
While Nery oozes happiness and optimism, producing Boobietrap every Wednesday has meant joy takes on deeper meaning. “Joy comes from so many aspects of my life now,” he says. “I take joy in connecting entertainers with opportunities, and creating fulfilling experiences for everyone involved with show business. I used to be only focused on show craft, performance, and leaving an audience with joy. It consumed me, and it was really unbalanced. Now, I’m married and have a dog, and finding balance with that gives me an even deeper joy.”
Boobietrap is good for the soul and motivates you to laugh out loud and act like a fool and remember that isolation isn’t what we’re made for. “The show couldn’t be done alone. I feel so thankful that I can call experts about things we need help with,” Nery says. “If we need to sew a stuffed wacky inflatable guy, we call an expert costume\ designer to see if it would be fun for her to make. It reminds me that isolating yourself is never the answer, and I isolated myself a lot in the past. Part of that is having fun, even if it seems unrelated, because you never know where your next idea is going to come from.”
Should you still need convincing about whether or not to brave the traffic, Nery, in true form, spouts off things you may not know. “The fingerprints of a koala are so indistinguishable from humans that they have, on occasion, been confused at a crime scene,” he says. “Slugs have four
noses; giraffes have no vocal chords; kangaroos can’t fart. \If you don’t believe these wild facts, come to the show this week, and I’ll prove it!”