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The Night Candyman Came for Me

“They will say that I have shed innocent blood. What’s blood for if not for shedding? With my hook for a hand, I’ll split you from your groin to your gullet. I came for you.”

When I was 9 or 10 years old, my parents decided to rent Candyman from Blockbuster for family movie night at my grandmother’s house. Like every Clive Barker film I watched in my childhood, it scared my young mind to its core.

By the time the credits rolled, my mother was asleep on the couch and my dad decided to be silly. “Watch this,” he said wild-eyed, as he crept into the bathroom behind us. He said my mom’s name into the mirror five times and she abruptly awoke. I was certain the hook was coming for us all as punishment for playing around like that. This began a lifetime of avoiding mirrors at night.


Fast forward to 2016. My love and I were beyond excited to party with our horror fiend friends at Texas Frightmare Weekend. We walked into the center doors of the main vendor floor and I froze. At the very first table, in the center aisle, was Tony Todd. I was 10 feet away from the towering terror that fueled my Candyman nightmares.

He was smiling, laughing, and hugging fans in photos, but it made no difference to me. All I saw was the hook, the bees, the blood. For the rest of the convention I tried to remember to walk into that room through other doors, but in the excitement of the event, would forget and have to face him again and again.

This summer I was asked to run the pub trivia for the Greater Austin Comic Con. Just days after confirming my spot with the convention I saw a promo post for Tony Todd pop up on the GACC page and my eyes grew wide. I just couldn’t escape him. Candyman was coming for me… Again.

Candyman, Tony Todd, Greater Austin Comic Con

At the first night’s afterparty, an artist introduced me to Tony Todd…

I had just enough vodka to be convinced this was a good idea. My heart pounded louder and faster with each step as we walked to the deck where he and his friends were seated. A lot of things were hazy, but he said something along the lines of “Nice to meet you, Gemmi” as he shook my hand and smiled. Our artist friend told him that I had been scared of him most of my life and he laughed and wanted to know why. After recounting the family movie night incident he looked me right in the eye and said, “Tell your parents I said they never should have let you watch that movie so young.”

Moments later he decided he wanted to take advantage of being in Austin by seeing some live music. He mentioned C-Boys Heart and Soul and causally turned to us to ask if we were going to join them. Obviously, I went.

Tony Todd was the absolute nicest, most laid back and down to earth guy ever. At the end of the night I worked up the nerve to ask him for a photo, and he kindly obliged. I’m sure I’ll still never recite any names into mirrors, but I will always think back to this fun night as the night I faced my fear and hung out with Candyman.

Tony Todd, Gemmi Galactic, Candyman, Poison Ivy, Austin Texas, Greater Austin Comic Con



Geekgasm Revue

Geekgasm Revue, Geekgasm, Austin, Texas, Burlesque, Austsin Burlesque, Texas Burlesque, Nerdlesque, Cosplay, Geek trivia, Austin Events, Austin Geek Events, Austin Trivia, Best Burlesque in Austin, Ausin Geek, Harry Potter Burlesque, Star Wars Burlesque, Star Trek Burlesque, Video Game Burlesque, Doctor Who Burlesque, Lord of the Rings Burlesque, Game of Thrones Burlesque,

Geekgasm Revue is Austin’s dedicated nerdlesque, cosplay, and geek trivia production all in one. Established in 2015 by Professor Argo and Gemmi Galactic, Geekgasm has been exciting Austin audiences with geek-themed shows of rotational casts of cosplaying burlesque, drag, and variety performers.



Geekgasm Revue, Nerdlesque, Geek Trivia, Austin Burlesque, Burlesque, Austin Texas, Tifa Tittlywinks, Errmaa Gawd, Dewey Decibelle, Papi Churro, Titiana McGee, Lady Marionette, Bobby Barnaby, Folly Parton, Gemmi Galactic, Austin shows, Austin Cosplay, Cosplay Cabaret, Game of Thrones Burlesque, Pastie Quest, Fantasy Nerdlesque, Lord of the Rings Burlesque,

Geekgasm Revue returns with an epic quest to bring Austin a Nerdlesque and Geek Trivia show all about the fantasy genre.

Let Gemmi Galactic guide you through this saga of striptease featuring local burlesque and drag heroes and travelers from beyond our realm.

Tifa Tittlywinks!
Errmaa Gawd!
Dewey Decibelle!
Papi Churro!
Titiana McGee!
Lady Marionette!
Bobby Barnaby!
Folly Parton!

Sharpen your mental sword and prepare yourself for the battle of Top Geek in the fantasy genre trivia rounds!

Ready your tunics for the cosplay contest!

Your journey begins Tuesday, May 28th in the Kingdom of Kick Butt.
Castle gates open at 7:30pm.
Battle and merriment begin at 8pm.
Must be of mead-consuming age to enter.

Tokens available now through the security of paypal:
VIP Table for 2: $50
One table includes entry and seating for two people. Available online only. No refunds. These usually sell out fast, so don’t delay!

Reserved Seating: $12 online/ $15 at the door
Enjoy the show from the seating section right behind the VIP tables! A limited number of seats are available and may not be available at the door, so reserve yours now!

General Admission: $8 online/ $10 at the door
Standing room only.

This show is 21+

Past shows: