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Happy Birthday “Asshole”

Kalup Linzy throws the best birthday parties. I’ve been to three: one at Skowhegan where we first met, another last summer at MoMA PS1 where he performed on a bill with MEN (who provided the music for the New York Close Up trailer), and this one in 2006—also at MoMA PS1—where he sang his plaintive ballad Asshole in character as Taiwan.

This is the final number Kalup & Franco perform in the film Kalup Linzy & James Franco, That’s Entertainment! They gave it a gospel twist with a lush sound that only a live band can deliver. But Kalup singing Asshole solo, on his birthday, in a leotard: classic.

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