Steamboat local pitching a variety show

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— Jill Wernig remembers one episode of “The Muppet Show” in particular.

Rocker Alice Cooper brought his shock rock act to the show, with the likes of Kermit the Frog, Beaker and Animal.

It was one of many variety shows that hit the air waves, introducing a brand of music, comedy and entertainment.

But as entertainment has progressed, the variety show has gone the way of encyclopedias.

But Wernig, who grew up in Steamboat Springs, sees an opportunity.

Along with several friends, Wernig has shot a season of a variety show called “Hangin' Tuff.”

The show is a throwback of sorts, mixing in parts of “The Muppet Show,” “Headbangers Ball” and “Soul Train.”

“There is a hole in the music industry,” Wernig said. “MTV used to be music television, but it’s not anymore. It’s 16-year-old pregnant girls having extravagant birthday parties.”

Wernig has shot the five-episode first season and is in the process of working with online sites and television stations to get them to pick up her show.

She is currently running an indiegogo site, asking people to donate to help pay for the costs of editing. To help donate, click here.

The show is based out of Seattle, Wash., where Wernig has been a disc jockey for the last three years.

The idea, she said, began about a year ago when she bought a New Year’s gift for a friend.

There was a company in Seattle that rented hot tub boats. Wernig, who helped start an entertainment and film house company called The Easy Bake Coven, had tossed around the idea of starting a variety show.

After one trip on the hot tub boat, it was set.

Wernig would develop a variety show with the interview portion of the show shot on the hot tub boat.

The show includes independent artist performances, as well as interviews and sketches.

Being dialed into the entertainment scene in Seattle, Wernig shot with five different artists for the first season and said she has more lined up in the future.

Wernig is currently shopping the show around and will be traveling the next several weeks to meet with people in the industry.

She also will host a premiere of the show Feb. 6 at the Central Cinema in Seattle.

“We’re done filming and in the editing stage,” she said. “We’ve spent more money than I ever dreamed of. We just need more funding to get it completed. The feedback has been great so far. We’re close.”

To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229, email lgraham@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @LukeGraham

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