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Welcome aboard: A new intergalactic web series set aboard a go-go powered spaceship will touch down at the Way Station in Prospect Heights for its launch party on Feb. 27.
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A new intergalactic web series filled with alien babes and goofy monsters will touch down at the Way Station in Prospect Heights for its launch party on Feb. 27. The creator and star of “Outer Space with Doc Wasabassco,” who started working on the silly sci-fi variety show last summer, says it has been a joy to bring life to a project that is close to his heart.

“This is made entirely of all of the things I love, that friends I love have in common,” said the Park Slope performer. “This is really a labor of love project — things that crack us up and things that amuse us, which is very freeing.”

Wasabassco is best known for the elaborate, themed burlesque shows that he produced through his company Wasabassco Burlesque, but said that after 15 years of being a nightlife impresario, it was time to move on to a more rewarding project.

“It’s harder and harder to get younger demographics spending money to come out. It was no longer as viable to run the kind of shows I was running and this project is more of a joyful thing, just for fun,” he said.

Wasabassco and his team have already filmed five episodes of “Outer Space,” two of which are now available on Youtube. The show is set aboard a go-go powered spaceship called the Dorothy Fontana — named for a writer on the original “Star Trek” series — and has a retro vibe that evokes that series without trying to copy it, said Wasabassco.

“The aesthetic is 1960s, ’70s, so it’s sort of that aesthetic meets science fiction. We’re not pretending to be Star Trek,” he said.

The launch party will feature screenings of videos from the web series, themed cocktails, go-go dancers, a space dating booth, and a chance to interact with Wasabassco’s character “Captain Doc,” he said.

“We’ll have a video dating booth reality shows, where people go in and create dating profiles in character, and we will do a question and answer, which I will do in character,” Wasabassco said.

The Way Station, known to a large segment of science-fiction fans as “the Dr. Who bar” because of its decorative time machine, is the perfect place to celebrate the show, which features a recurring segment about an ever-changing character named “Professor Whom,” said Wasabassco.

“The Way Station has a huge science-fiction following,” he said.

“Outer Space” launch party at the Way Station [683 Washington Ave. between Prospect and St. Marks places in Prospect Heights, (347) 627–4949, www.thewaystationbk.com]. Feb. 27 at 7 pm. Free.

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at jcuba@schnepsmedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.
Posted 12:00 am, February 25, 2019
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