Last season of the TV series Angel, viewers were introduced to the green-skinned, yellow-suited, karaoke-singing, demonic Host With the Most played by Andrew Hallett. Being a huge Buffy/Angel fan, when I saw that he was coming to Dragon*Con 2001, I was there–along with hundreds of other fans. An Hour with Andrew Hallett in the Montreal room was strictly standing room only.
Okay, everyone knows how incredible make-up magic is, but somewhere in the buried crypt of my subconscious, I was expecting a flamboyantly garbed, green-tinged lounge singer, maybe with a set of vestigial horns. 6”2’ 25-year-old Hallett is slender, dark-haired, and without a hint of green to his complexion. His shirt was a tasteful olive, though.
Hallett informed the rapt crowd that it takes the Hollywood folks approximately three and half hours to convert him into the lounge-singing demon from Pylea, and it’s not his favorite thing. However doing lunch with David Boreanaz (Angel himself, for all you blasphemous non-Buffy/Angel fans) in Hooters, crashing major Hollywood parties in full Host makeup, and a soon-to-be Host action figure make up for it in perks.
- A karaoke-themed CD? Definitely a possibility.
- Hallett’s favorite karaoke song? “Lady Marmalade” – the Patti LaBelle version pretty please.
- And no, he doesn’t get to keep his suits, and to those whose eyes cry out “mercy, God!” the skinny from the street says that next season, the garment repertoire will be “toned down.”
Don’t miss Andrew Hallett, Saturday at the Awards Banquet (7 pm, Regency VI-VII) where he’s promised to belt ‘em out, Host-style!