Faking the Bank

Before you say "Snottsdale" again to refer to the Valley's most affluent city, check out Faking Fabulous, a television show pilot written by longtime Scottsdale residents Brian Davis and Carrie Severson (pictured). The sitcom explains some things.

"It's about twentysomethings in Scottsdale, mimicking the older generation's success and fashion, but not being able to do it quite yet," Severson says. "They fake a lot. They look good doing it, but they've declared their success in life about 10 years too early."

You mean those beautiful people who pay $10 covers to shake their stuff in designer clothing aren't filthy rich?

"That's sort of the epitome of it," Davis says, "the idea that you go out for this amazing, fabulous night and spend half your rent check on drinks and appetizers, and then when you do your real eating is when you're driving into Jack in the Box at 3 a.m. and you get the 99-cent taco and the Jumbo Jack because that's all you can really afford."

The show's characters -- Tod, Taylor, Sal and Brie -- "view Scottsdale as a way station until they get to New York," Davis says. They long to live their lives as successful adults in the present, but it's hard to live rich on a shoestring budget. "There are times when these people really fuck shit up and do things they're not necessarily supposed to be doing, and a lot of it's because they keep looking right towards the future, and they're not really examining the peripherals or thinking about the process," he adds.

Davis and Severson will show the pilot of Faking Fabulous and let audience members in on the process with a reading of the script, followed by a "short talk back session." The writers welcome feedback and people interested in participating. "Tell us what we're doing right," Davis says, "and what we're doing wrong."

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Niki D'Andrea has covered subjects including drug culture, women's basketball, pirate radio stations, Scottsdale staycations, and fine wine. She has worked at both New Times and Phoenix Magazine, and is now a freelancer.
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