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Tri-Cities Craigslist: Hire Gene Simmons for Your West Richland Holiday Party

Dave Slackman

Instead of hiring someone to play Santa Claus at your Christmas party this year, consider hiring this West Richland man I found on Craigslist. Dave Slackman is a 39-year-old grocer who had so much fun playing Gene Simmons on Halloween that he’s offering his services as a party entertainer.

His current costume was developed over a couple of years and cost him about $500. The makeup comes from Party Palace off Edison Street in Kennewick and takes his wife about two hours to apply.

His own hair is short and thinning so he dons a wig to play the KISS rock legend. He’s normally 5 feet 8 inches but stands 6 six feet two inches in his $200 boots. The costume was inspired by Simmons’ “Live Nation” and “Love Gun” performances.

Last October, so many people asked for his picture he set up a profile on Craigslist the following week. No one has called for him yet, so he’s offering the reasonable price of $50 an hour.

Don’t ask him to sing — he won’t mind, but he believes your guests might. “Usually people are just so enamored by the way I look no one ever asks me to sing,” he said.


Dave Slackman


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