Torontos College Street bar district has seen its shareoflate-night fights, but a recent scrap was a bit out oftheordinary, as a financial journalist in a 50s housewifeget-uptried to wallop the daylights out of a 35-year-oldpart-timewaitress -- using a pillow. The crowd of nearly 500 didlittle tointerfere, as they had paid to be there.
Welcome to the Pillow Fight League, which has been drawinggrowingcrowds in Toronto since it formed early last year, and isnow set toexport its campy fun to New York City.
The league is the brainchild of 38-year-old Stacey Case, aT-shirtprinter and musician who came up with the idea that peoplewould payto see young women in costumes beat the tar out of eachother withpillows -- and that women would volunteer to whap eachother infront of a crowd.The seeds of the idea came from a NewYears Eveshow Cases band played in a Toronto bar just over ayear ago. As alocal burlesque troupe entertained the crowd bystaging a mockpillow fight, they were shocked when women from theaudience cameforward looking to join the battle.
It was really, really fun, and really funny that theywereactually fighting for real. I woke up the next day, and I waslike,Oh my God, that was awesome, he said.A few ads in alocalnewspaper later, and Case and some friends were booking eventsatlocal bars.
Now they have a stable of 22 dedicated fighters, a growingfanbase, and ambitions of turning the PFL into something bigger.Topcontenders include Betty Clocker -- by day a financial editorandby night a cushion-swinging housewife who brings a plate ofcookiesto ringside -- and Polly Esther, billed as the waitress fromhell.
The rules are simple: women only, no lewd behaviour, andmovessuch as leg drops or submission holds are allowed as long asapillow is used. After that, its up to the combatants.