Do you like to do it alone? If so, you may want to register to compete in the Air Sex Championships at the Hi-Tone this week. So what is an "air sex" competition exactly? It's like an air-guitar contest, only instead of tickling an imaginary fretboard, competitors pleasure an imaginary partner. "We have really embraced the sex-positive nature of the show," says Chris Trew, who founded the Air Sex competition eight years ago. "We don't care what you look like; we don't care what you're into. This show celebrates sex in a way no other comedy show really can."
Flyer: Are the competitors winners from other cities, or can Memphians compete?
Chris Trew: The Memphis Air Sex Championships is exclusively for Memphis residents. Someone will win and move on when we do our Southern Air Sex Regional Championships later in the year.
Do people train for this?
Some people decide to do it the night of the show. They've had a few drinks, and their friends are encouraging them. Those can lead to some fun routines. But what we really want are the people who know right now that they are going to show up in this kind of costume and choreograph a routine to this song. That's when the show really takes a leap.
Ice skating has moves like the triple Lutz and sit spin. Are there signature Air Sex moves?
We don't usually say things like, "Oh, he went with the classic camel clutch. So many things could happen, and we like to stay in the moment. The final round has the feeling of the end of a basketball game and there's 10 seconds on the clock and you're down one and you have the ball. The whole thing is presented like the sex WrestleMania or Super Bowl.