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- Posted on Oct 8th 2010 4:00PM by Karen Bliss
Whether it's Dave Grohl breaking down in tears as a guest on the October show, announcing his $75 million lawsuit against the band for frontman Jack Shears' wardrobe malfunction (apparently Grohl draws the line at free-flowing testicles), or American Idol fav Adam Lambert getting busted by pop tart Katy Perry for locking lips with a relationship-bound Shears on the September installment, it's obvious that the Scissor Sisters thrive on faux controversy.
"We're really proud of those [skits]," Scissor Sisters multi-instrumentalist Babydaddy (real name Scott Hoffman) tells Spinner. "We have a few people around us who film various stuff, and then it's actually my brother [Ben Hoffman] who writes it and plays Lester himself."
Hosted by news anchor "Lester Zizmore," the program has attracted other stars, such as Kelly Osbourne, Jane Fonda, Juliette Lewis and Kylie Minogue since making its debut in July. Even electro dance queen Tobell Von Cartier has been recruited to be a Scissor Sisters Television correspondents.
The online broadcast -- which is a mix of fact and fiction, peppered with outrageous comments like, "I'm your host Lester Zizmore filling in for Frieda Blackburn who's getting her anus bleached" -- owes much of its uh, charm to Hoffman's Zizmore character.
With his bad curly toupee and plonked-on thick moustache, he's rather reminiscent of Monty Python's John Cleese, although, Babydaddy finds this observation "strange."
"Maybe you've seen the ads that my brother did with John Cleese in his lap for Intel, and it might be in the back of your mind?" he wonders.
Ben Hoffman made his directorial debut on 2007's Scissor Sisters' 'Hurrah - A Year of Ta-Dah' 2-DVD set and can be seen on InfoMania, a half-house satirical news show on Current TV. He also regularly appears at comedy clubs in Los Angeles, particularly Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre.
As long as he stays in the mix, you can be sure that there will be plenty more shocking and wildly entertaining episodes to come from Scissor Sisters News -- stuff that might even top the conversation Lambert and Zizmore had last month about a lewd sexual act known simply as the "gingerbread cookie."