Amagansett’s got talent, as its male residents demonstrated Saturday night, vying for a title, roses and a crown, though not one that glitters.
Much like women’s beauty contestants, some men sang and danced but these competitors also walked on their hands, rapped, did stand-up comedy, and answered satirical questions posed by the judges.
The hand walker, Rabbi Hanniel Levenson, 33, of East Hampton, who also rapped, had little time to prepare.
“I was nominated by my gym yesterday,” he said.
Though none of the contestants in the seventh annual Mr. Amagansett Pageant was judged by pulchritude and no one donned swim suits or evening gowns, there were two costumes — and more than one professional performer.
The contestants included an anonymous Cowardly Lion who danced.
Thomas Bradley Muse, 53, of Montauk sported a black suit festooned with blood-spotted skulls, Elton John-style round sunglasses, a white hat and rhinestone shoes. He sang “Candle in the Wind” with new lyrics as a tribute to host Peter Honerkamp, a partner of The Stephen Talkhouse live music club, where the event was held.
Honerkamp was a good friend of Donald T. Sharkey and the contest raises money for a memorial fund created to honor him.
Sharkey was a popular East Hampton Town chief building inspector, Amagansett firefighter and member of a local ambulance squad who died of a heart attack at age 46.
The proceeds — of as much as $7,500 — are given to East Hampton Town fire departments, help pay medical bills of local residents, and provide scholarships for Amagansett residents going to college or enrolled in adult education.
This year, Gordon Ryan of Amagansett, the reigning Mr. Amagansett, performed “I’ve Been Everywhere, Man,” with lyrics highlighting Sharkey’s romantic sojourns with a long list of women whose names turned out to match local streets.
“For some reason I’ve been told I can enter but I cannot win,” said Ryan, 66. Saturday was the fifth appearance for the father of two who is a real estate and criminal attorney.
He added: “Last year was the best year of my life,” extolling the golden scepter, a clam rake.
Muse won the title of Mr. Amagansett on Saturday night and Levenson was named runner-up.