Last night, R. Kelly introduced the new chapters of Trapped in the Closet wearing bright red leather gloves. Why? Because he can.
But that’s part of Kels’ draw as an artist: Most of the time, it’s impossible to tell his motivations for anything. Kelly is the rare artist who seems to exist completely outside of the realm of irony, thus making his motivations almost entirely mysterious. When it comes to one of his albums or the never ending fountain of joy and weirdness that is Trapped in the Closet, it’s best to just let it wash over you.
Such was the case Monday night at New York’s Landmark Sunshine Cinemas, where Kelly pulled back the curtain on the newest chapters of Trapped in the Closet (which air this Friday, November 23, at 9 PM on IFC). In front of a theater full of people eager to cast their eyeballs on a fresh batch of insanity, Kelly introduced the program by once again calling it “an alien,” as though the ideas visit him from another plane of existence. “I’m glad to be one of the astronauts to take this trip to a place unknown,” he told the rapt crowd.
After thanking everyone for coming out and apologizing for the five year gap between episodes of Trapped in the Closet (“I had to save up my money! A dollar a day!” he joked), he unveiled the new chapters.
Without revealing anything too spoilier-y (it’s best to experience all of this first hand), the latest stories feature two new characters (a marriage counselor and a mob boss, both played by Kelly), an awesome disco-fied version of the familiar Trapped in the Closet theme (which underscores a big chase, of course), a fantastic revelation about Rosie and Randolph’s son, and a hilarious visual gag involving Pimp Lucius’ working girls and a certain ’90s R&B combo.
Following the show, Kelly sat down for a brief fishbowl-style Q&A that wasn’t especially revealing, though he did hint at the idea of bringing Trapped in the Closet to Broadway (a solid plan, though he’d have to cast a few more actors, as Kelly himself currently handles six roles by himself), and the news that there may be as many as 85 chapters kicking around in Kelly’s brain (which basically backs up what he told EW a few weeks back: “I’ll never stop writing these chapters”).
Catch up with the newest chapter of Trapped in the Closet below, and check out the rest of the new stuff this Friday. What better way to wake up from a tryptophan-induced coma than with a little Pimp Lucius?
FYI, the live Closet experience is also going nationwide later this month, when the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Texas, takes its R. Kelly Trapped in the Closet Sing-Along to the following cities:
CONFIRMED THEATERS & DATES
Atlanta - Plaza Theater : Nov 30
Austin - Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz : Nov 22
Austin - Alamo Drafthouse Lake Creek : Dec 1
Houston - Alamo Drafthouse Mason Park : Nov 29
Kansas City - Alamo Drafthouse Mainstreet Cinema : Nov 20
Los Angeles - Graumann’s Chinese Theater : Nov 30 & Dec 1
San Antonio - Alamo Drafthouse Park North : Nov 28
San Antonio - Alamo Drafthouse Stone Oak : Nov 20
Seattle - SIFF Cinema : Nov 30 & Dec 1
Tucson - The Loft Cinema : Nov 30
Winchester - Alamo Drafthouse : Nov 29
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