Master of Ceremonies Poison Waters returns to host the 2020 Celebrity Spelling Bee with Portland icons the Unipiper and the Cuddler joining the fun!

December 12, 2019

We are thrilled to announce that our MC from last year, Poison Waters, is returning for the 2020 Celebrity Spelling Bee! With such a wonderful show last year, we could not imaging the spelling stage without her. Poison Waters, the co-host at Darcelle XV Showplace, has over 30 years of entertainment experience and has worked with countless nonprofits over the years. Get ready for another year of raucous and educational laughter!

Serving as judges for this year’s event are superstars Michael Powell and Emily Powell of Powell’s Books.

We are proud to announce the first appearances of the Rose City Rollers, The Unipiper and the Cuddler as spellers this year.

You might not know the name Brian Kidd, but if you’ve spent any amount of time in the Rose City, you undoubtedly recognize his alter ego, the kilt wearing, unicycle riding, fire spewing, bagpiper, The Unipiper. Since 2007, Brian has roamed the streets of Portland standing up to those that would seek to silence the weird. Brian’s crusade against normal has even received national attention, with The Unipiper appearing on such television programs as ‘America’s Got Talent’, ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’, and ‘The Gong Show’. For the past 4 years running, The Unipiper has even been voted Portland’s ‘Best Local Celebrity’ by the Willamette Week. Now, with the help of the non-profit he started, Weird Portland United, Brian aims to use his Portland fame to take the weird to the next level and preserve it for generations to come. As Kidd puts it, “I want everyone in Portland to have a chance at success just for being themselves. It’s part of what makes us unique. In the words of Hunter S. Thompson, ‘When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.’

We are also welcoming, The Cuddler, aka Samantha Hess, as a first time speller this year. After realizing what a profound lack of touch there was in her life and in many others, the Cuddler founded Cuddle Up To Me, a professional cuddling service, in 2013. Since then the Cuddler has put in over 3,000 hours of professional cuddling. With Cuddle Up To Me, the Cuddler has connected with over 100 million people around the world via 400 interviews, published a book, created an online certification for Professional Cuddlers, helped create and run the first Cuddle Convention and much more. Welcome to the show!

Stay tuned for the unveiling of out other spellers and judges for the 2020 Celebrity Spelling Bee!

To purchase your tickets to watch these amazing celebrities spell their hearts out visit here or call (503) 249-9933 x 7.

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