C.J.: Hopkins grad’s ‘Royals’ parody is rich

  • Article by: C.J. , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 15, 2014 - 7:34 PM

Lorde’s multi-Grammy nominated, melancholy if whiny “Royals” has been augustly parodied by a creative Minnetonka artist billing herself as “Borde.”

This must’ve written itself.

“Uh-huh, true,” Molly Dworsky, the aforementioned Borde, said from Los Angeles on Wednesday. Dworsky spent her Thanksgiving visit to Minnesota shooting the parody on the campus of Hopkins High’s Royals. She’s a 2005 grad. The producer, director, writer and performer delivered a stellar skewering of “Royals” that had more than half a million hits on YouTube.com on Wednesday.

When I reached Al Dworsky’s and Betsy Sansby’s daughter in L.A., I wanted to know if she had become as sick of Lorde’s teenage angst set to music as some of us. “I think I’m probably more sick of it than anybody,” the 2011 University of Minnesota social work grad said.

Social work has been put on the back burner for the past year and half, as Dworsky pursues an improv comedy career. “My 2014 resolution is to do stand-up,” she said.

Making a good living doing improv? “Hell no,” Dworsky said with a laugh. “I have three jobs — waitress, landscaping and I teach Hebrew school on the weekends. I am wearing gardening gloves and planting in some rich person’s yard,” she said while on break at her landscaping job. This parody may be her big break.

“The video looks and sounds remarkably like the original, and so does Dworsky herself. The twist is that ‘Getting old is so unfair!’ in contrast to Lorde’s unattainable queen bee fantasy. The tongue in cheek humor and candid introspection provide a hilarious look at the realities of adulthood. At times, she shares almost too much information,” reads the LAT.

That may be a reference to these lyrics from Borde: “Growing old is so unfair/I just found a gray pubic hair.”

“You know C.J., it’s real,” Dworski said. “It’s either [a loss of pigmentation], or it’s gray. But I found something.”

Here’s Lorde’s original version (http://bit.ly/1jAPuck).

The new and improved Borde version: (http://bit.ly/1a1o6jH).


Enigma doesn’t hide it

The Enigma may be feeling a little too comfortable around Market BBQ.

“He took his shirt off and was running around without his shirt,” said Anthony Polski, owner-in-waiting.

The Seattle-born performance artist, whose body is smothered in tattoos while his head is implanted with horns, made what is becoming his annual stop by Market BBQ while here for an annual tattoo arts convention. On this visit there looked to be new illuminated trinkets around his mouth.

Polski’s photo, here, with Enigma and his significant other, Serana Rose, may be better viewed after eating.


Happy birthday, Dolly!

Dolly Fiterman, the former fine arts gallery owner, said there would have been no way for her daughter, Kimberley Fiterman-Duepner, to plan a surprise 90th birthday celebration.

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  • From left, Serana Rose and Anthony Polski at Market BBQ with Enigma during the tattooed performance artist’s annual visit.

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