Nicky Paraiso & Friends: Christmas 2003 is the annual Christmas/End of the Year celebration in The Club. The evening features special guests Little Annie, Carmelita Tropicana, The Alien Comic, and a bevy of Downtown divas, superstars, and unusual suspects. The evening is successor to the La MaMa tradition of "Salón Paraiso," a variety evening of comedy and song, emceed by and featuring Nicky Paraiso, which started in 2000. It's the show that got Nicky the gig as Cultural Minister of The Club. Ellen Stewart, Founder/Artistic Director of La MaMa, saw that the well-known Filipino-American actor, musician and performance artist, could deliver a boffo lineup. A performance curator was born.