Did you watch the Pittsburgh auditions episode of American Idol last night?
The Idol producers did a great job of showing the beauty of the city, over and over again, with Ryan Seacrest starting the episode standing on the Rachel Carson Bridge and it was a thing of beauty. And after the initial belly-rub from the fat, screaming yinzer, the rest of the episode was mostly nothing to be embarrassed about. CBS News said:
There was, however, a suspicious amount of professionalism in Pittsburgh. There was little to laugh at, little to criticize, little to despair over.
Then came Patty the Pittsburgh Planker who Ryan indicated is famous in Pittsburgh for planking and I said WHOA! WAIT! WHAT?!
Now, to be fair, I didn’t know who the Running Lady was until you guys brought her to my attention, so maybe Patty the Pittsburgh Planker, real name Patty Bell from Sutersville, PA, is a very well known Pittsburgh character and I’m just now learning about her. Yes?
Here’s her interview video:
She has shirts and everything!
Here’s her audition with her sister:
Apparently the first rule of planking is that you do not talk while planking. Not even to Steven Tyler.
Her facebook page is full of pictures of her planking in the Burgh like so:
Her motto is “Propose it. I’ll plank it.”
I don’t want to be mean, but I’m already on record in a million different places about how ridiculous I think planking is, so I can’t suddenly pretend I get it. I don’t get it, and unless you find me a picture of an Ewok planking on the moon, I never will.
“I’m not the next American Idol. I’m the next American planker,” she says in her video.
In that case, I’m the next American Extreme Sitting Downer.
Shirts will be $25 each.
Send me a check.