Only in West Hollywood: The Wehoans Tease Traffic Closures

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The only thing that makes we who are At Home In Hollywood more irate than a traffic jamming Obama visit, is a construction closure of a busy and highly popular street. Heaven forbid we be even more inconvenienced than we already are on our raucous roads. Many Angelenos are absolutely outraged that starting Monday, August 17th and going through the middle of September, La Cienega between Sunset Boulevard and Fountain Avenue in West Hollywood is closing down in order to further develop the massive Sunset/La Cienega project.

Only in West Hollywood: The Wehoans Tease Traffic Closures

Oh sure, we all want a gleaming new 286 room James Hotel, with two 10-story towers, two restaurants and bars in the lobby and on the roof, not to mention two more towers across the street with as many as 190 residential units and 40,000 square feet of retail space. (And we thought traffic was bad there before construction). We just don’t want the inconvenience of finding alternate routes while the buildings are going up.

So in a unique effort to amuse and entertain us in our first-world aggravations, actor/filmmaker William Belli has created what will soon be a series of “The Wehoans”  (pronounced “Wee-Ho-Uns”) comedy segments, ala my favorite “The Californians” sketches on Saturday Night Live. But as these be-wigged characters lazily slur out their trademark directions, listen closely: They’re actually giving you tips for getting around the closed La Cienega/Sunset intersection. I’m telling you, it’s almost as entertaining as using the Arnold Schwarzenegger voice option on WAZE. “Turn left. I insist.”

Having recently returned from a quick jaunt to the East Coast, where I traded Eddy Izzard at the Hollywood Bowl for Yo Yo Ma at Tanglewood, I have to say I was surprised that New Englanders don’t take to The Californians the way we Left Coasters do. In our house we even dress like them for Halloween, and have already got a blond wig picked out for Frankie Feldman. But I wasn’t surprised at all that the City of West Hollywood has totally embraced this clever effort to make a touchy situation a little less uncomfortable. I’m wondering if Bostonians found any humor at all in The Big Dig. One thing’s for certain: They didn’t employ RuPaul’s Drag Race contestants to help promote it.

Only in West Hollywood: The Wehoans Tease Traffic Closures

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Lisa Johnson Mandell

Lisa Johnson Mandell

Lisa Johnson Mandell is an award winning journalist, author and film/TV critic. She can be heard regularly on Cumulus radio stations throughout the US, and on BBC Radio.

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