We came, we saw, we Nappie Awarded it up and down all night long. Yes, that’s right. The 2019 Nappie Awards took place last Friday night at the Saenger Theatre and the usual shenanigans were observed. Here is a rundown of what we can remember happening. More repressed memories may reveal themselves at a later time. But let’s get to what we have!
As guests entered the Saenger on Friday night, they were greeted by a huge installation of gorgeous flowers in shades of Lagniappe’s signature color of purple and lights arranged by Nappie finalist Julia Greer Fobes. It was just fabulous.
Of course everyone posed for selfies in front of the Lagniappe step-and-repeat and took photos in the Snaparazzi photo booth.
Austal, this year’s title sponsor, provided additional fun with a huge banner featuring their newest Littoral Combat Ship, the USS Mobile, which everyone also enjoyed posing in front of. They handed out tiny, squeezy ships to the attendees.
The 2019 winner for Quintessential Mobilian, Ron Barrett, also graciously provided a display for the food table, featuring an actual, real life woman bathing in a bathtub of gin. It had actual plumbing in it that worked! She was hoisted 12 feet above the crowd, and everyone was definitely buzzing about it.
The show was a little late getting started after some technical issues with the opening video. But the best things come to those who wait and once it finally got rolling the absolutely amazing work of talented filmmaker Kris Skoda and his crew was showcased. It was delightfully inappropriate and took jabs at a lot of our local leaders as always and had everyone rolling in the aisles. There were cameos by local celebs including FM TALK 1065’s Sean Sullivan, 92 ZEW’s “ZEW Tony,” meteorologist Alan Sealls, personal injury attorney David J. Maloney, al.com cartoonist J.D. Crowe and Chief Slacabamorinico IV, among others.
You can find the link to the video on Lagniappe’s Facebook page. Just look for a zombie Joe Cain.
The media awards are always fun. And this year they included the voice of Alabama football, Eli Gold, who took home the Nappie for Best Sports Radio Host. Also receiving standing ovations and loud cheers were WKRG’s Mel Showers, who recently retired after 50 years, and former WKRG meteorologist Alan Sealls, who also recently parted ways with the station after 20 years.
Other highlights of the evening included when 2018 Quintessential Mobilian Suzanne Cleveland crowned both the 2019 Quintessential Mobilian Ron Barrett and the Quintessential Baldwinian Lucy Buffett. Later, Abe Harper and Judge Edmond Naman would be crowned the Best Baldwinian Right Now and Best Mobilian Right Now, respectively. Their crowns were pretty cool.
A touching moment came when Mobile Police Officer Bryan Van Lew presented the Nappie for Best Mobile Police Officer, which was awarded to fallen officer Sean Tuder, who lost his life in the line of duty earlier this year. Officer Tuder’s widow, Krissy, accepted the award on his behalf and received a standing ovation. His memorial fund was the Lagniappe charity partner for the evening and attendees and winners donated almost $3,000 to it!
The after-party was at the Nappie Award winner for Best New Bar, POST, and they even created a delicious Nappie cocktail, which of course was purple. Fun was indeed had by all!
People were pretty well behaved but I’m sure we’ll hear more tales of vomiting and child conception in a few weeks. We do every year!
Well kids, that’s all I got. Just remember, whether rain or shine, dramatic or scandalous or some plain ol’ Nappie Awards lovin’, I will be there! Ciao!
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