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Air Sex hits the road - 15 cities in 21 days.

After a year of sold out shows at the Alamo Drafthouse and the Paramount theater in Austin, TX, the Air Sex World Championships are taking to the road and touring fifteen U.S. cities in the search for this year's Air Sex Champion. Air Sex is sort of like Air Guitar, except instead of pretending to play an invisible guitar on stage, contestants get up there and pretend to have sex with someone who isn't there. With their clothes on, typically. They pick a song to perform to and then have two minutes to impress the judges with their overall Airness.

The concept for Air Sex originated in a small club in Japan, and YouTube clips of a Japanese oddity TV show from Britain burned up the Internet two years ago. When that video landed on League's desk, he knew it was a show that had to be brought to America. The first Air Sex Championship season took place exclusively in Austin, with semi-monthly competitions at the Alamo Drafthouse and a finals performance, pitting all the winners of previous rounds against each other, in the historic Paramount Theater as part of the opening night of Fantastic Fest.

Sad Larry, the performer who won the 2008 Air Sex crown that night (along with an all expense paid adult-themed trip to Nevada), won the judges over with a simultaneously heart-wrenching and gut-busting performance depicting a lonely man and an 8X10 glossy of his ex-girlfriend.

To find a new champion for this year, we are taking the Air Sex crew on the road across North America for three weeks, bringing along emcees, judges, and performers that wowed the crowds in Austin last year. In each city, they'll be inviting local Air Sexers up to the stage at rock club venues, and the winner of each round will be flown to the Air Sex World Championship Finals later this summer.

To find more information on the 2009 Air Sex World Championships Tour, including videos and photos from last year's events, please visit the official Air Sex World Championships website.

2009 Air Sex World Championships Tour Dates
Sat 06/06 Austin, TX: Alamo Drafthouse Ritz
Tue 06/09 Atlanta, GA Finals: Location TBA
Wed 06/10 Washington, DC Finals: Rock and Roll Hotel
Fri 06/12 New York, NY Finals: Highline Ballroom
Sat 06/13 Toronto, ONT Finals: El Mocambo
Sun 06/14 Chicago, IL Finals: Logan Square Auditorium
Mon 06/15 Kansas City, MO Finals: The Record Bar
Wed 06/17 Salt Lake City, UT Finals: The Urban Lounge
Fri 06/19 Seattle, WA Finals: El Corazon
Sat 06/20 Portland, OR Finals: Dante's
Sun 06/21 Vancouver, BC Finals: Location TBA
Wed 06/24 San Francisco, CA Finals: The Independent
Thu 06/25 San Diego, CA Finals: The Casbah
Fri 06/26 Los Angeles, CA Finals: The Echoplex
Sat 06/27/09 Tucson, AZ Finals: Location TBA
2009 World Finals: Date and time TBA

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