Never accept a drink from anyone but the bartender!
Never leave your drink unattended!
Never leave a bar or club with someone you have just met!
Most importantly: Stay sober!
Four key rules of nightlife safety are called out in a hilarious fashion in Episode 3 of Season 2 of “The WeHoans,” an episode that’s likely to make one want to up the tip for that poor bartender.
In this episode, drag sensation Willam Belli learns about the dangers of being unaware of one’s surroundings while out at a local bar. Willam blames hunky bartender Brandon Martignago when he cannot locate his personal belongings and a hilarity-filled scene ensues. Willam finds himself on the floor by the end of the episode. The incident’s campy comedy is tempered with important nightlife safety messages.
Season 3 of The WeHoans will offer-up four episodes in total, which will be centered on serious themes concerning preparedness and safety, nighttime safety, crimes of opportunity, and sexual assault prevention. Episodes 1 and 2 focused on preparedness for earthquakes and other disasters. The weekly series launched on Oct. 19 for the Great California ShakeOut earthquake drill and preparedness effort. Episode 1 is available at https://youtu.be/tnA40uYrTV4, and Episode 2 is at https://youtu.be/1rQp-AD3a4g.
The WeHoans is a parody of the popular Saturday Night Live skit “The Californians” in which soap opera-like characters in platinum blonde wigs hilariously describe in hyper-detail how to navigate the freeways and streets of Southern California. The WeHoans aims to deliver serious messages wrapped in a humorous and entertaining format. Season 2 episodes serve as part of a multi-faceted public safety awareness campaign that blends with the City of West Hollywood’s “Live, Work, Play, Be Safe” campaign on key public safety issues.
Season 1 of The WeHoans debuted in August 2015 to raise community awareness about a temporary closure of La Cienega Boulevard for construction and improvements. Historical episodes of “The WeHoans” can be viewed on Willam Belli’s YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/2qnFyYD6vgg.
Other tips for crime prevention and safety can be found on the City of West Hollywood’s website.
The city also provides a handbook of “Best Safety Practices for Nightlife Establishments,” which is aimed at assisting nightlife establishment owners and managers in maintaining safe bars, lounges, and clubs. The guide is available as a PDF download at http://www.weho.org/home/showdocument?id=32877.