Along with regular posts about vent, I will also include episodes of my own little online series I call "Cybil's Memory Box" exclusively for this site. As you already know, Josephine is inspired by Tim Curry. Cybil, however, is inspired by Phyllis Diller. She was constructed by my good friend and a talented puppet builder, Charles Prouty.
Now, here is how I have built up Cybil's character: she is a spinster who.... we'll just say... has a way of getting around. She often frequents convenient stores, thrift stores, and drug stores as a means of meeting people. She claims to be an advocate for "antiquing" when it's really just hoarding useless items around the house. Sometimes she wraps these items up as gifts for her family. She certainly has an exceptional medication collection, no doubt. She's the RX Queen after all.
But where does the Phyllis inspiration come from? Cybil is an aspiring "comedienne." On Friday Nights, she makes visits to a local bar called "Flunky's" for open mic nights. She rarely has her own material and borrows mostly from Madame Diller herself. Whenever asked about the similarities, she denies even knowing who Phyllis is. She also presents a similar physical aesthetic: tacky costumes, wild hair, an enlarged nose, and eyebrows that point upward.
Please allow me to introduce to you, episode 1:
"CYBIL'S MEMORY BOX: THE GAS STATION"