After ignoring @SenSanders throughout the primary, @MSNBC now gives him a 1 hour special–way too little, way too late.

Tonight, MSNBC held a town hall meeting with Bernie Sanders in a severely economically depressed area of West Virginia. It’s coal country and also a region with the nation’s highest percentage of opioid addictions. In one particularly sad moment, it was revealed that a jail was built there to provide local jobs, but so few in the area could pass drug tests that the jail was forced to bus in “clean” workers from out of town. Others spoke of how most young West Virginians wanted to their leave their small towns because there are so few opportunities there. Even though most of these folks desperately need Obamacare, many voted for Trump because they literally needed some kind of change, and Hillary was only promising more of Obama’s America. Clearly, that America wasn’t working for far too many residents in the coal and manufacturing states which elected Trump. A vote for Bernie was a vote for change. Remove him from the race as the cheating DNC did, and Trump was the only candidate offering change. Hillary wasn’t even promising change–that might indicate that Obama’s policies had failed.

It was remarkable to see these Trump voters cheer Sanders when he said he thought healthcare was a universal right. West Virginians actually warming up to socialism? And they cheered when Bernie explained how the money the country will lose as a result of Trump’s (and all Republican pols’) tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans could be spent on ensuring healthcare for all, shoring up Social Security and Medicaid, free higher education, drug treatment centers and creating new jobs rebuilding the infrastructure as coal jobs wane. One life-long coal miner stood up and said that it was remarkable that Sanders, a senator from the Northeast, was pinpointing what West Virginia needs more accurately than their own GOP senators are able to.

There’s a reason that Sanders, from the progressive, granola-ish, “yankee” state of Vermont would have solutions for the problems of coal miners in West VA. Or for the manufacturing states like Wisconsin and Michigan which actually flipped from voting blue for Obama to red for Trump. 98% of Americans are workers, or they’d like to be. This whopping majority cuts across lines of color, age, race, gender and sexual orientation. When we put the wedge issues and email scandals and the p#ssy-grabbing on the sidelines where they should be, the policies which improve conditions for working Americans bind us together.

What a pity that MSNBC is only using Sanders and his beneficial ideas to slam Trump. When Bernie was running against Clinton, MSNBC gave him only a fraction of any other candidates’ coverage–even cutting one of his speeches along with CNN and Fox to broadcast footage of Trump’s podium BEFORE TRUMP EVEN ARRIVED TO SPEAK AT IT. They even did the same to Hillary. But now the “left-leaning” MSNBC will curiously broadcast an entire hour of Sanders. After these networks created Trump out of their greed for ratings which had them exhausting every sensational bit of nonsense which flew out of Trump’s mouth, NOW they give Sanders a full hour to demonstrate his winning positions? Perhaps if Sanders’ “radical” positions were heard prior to the election of Trump, he wouldn’t be our embarrassing, dangerous president right now. So you can call it fake news, slanted news or greedy, sensationalist, ratings-driven news, but Sanders makes sense now even to West Virginians who voted for Trump. If only Sanders had been able to get the airtime to make his case…

http://reverbpress.com/features/bernie-sanders-was-right-media-blackout-badly-hurt-campaign-harvard-study-confirms/

Wait–Lady Bunny is now giving computer tips?

I must have hit the right note of pitiful, outraged, senile and polite because I’ve had nothing but trouble with my laptop since I bought it 3 years ago. I have Applecare and live 2 blocks from the store. But after many issues, I told the genius at the Genius Bar that it is wonderful that I could come there for free–and wait on a backless stool–and have them resolve issues. But that the idea when purchasing an expensive computer was that I wouldn’t need to be there every week. Then the clincher: “I know you technical folks don’t like these terms, but I’ve been here every other week. At what point do we decide that this machine is a “lemon” or “jinxed”?They checked my record and saw how many issues I’d had and asked if I’d like a new computer. Score one for seniors and technology! Sadly, the new one will not have a CD burner on it, but it’s free and I can get 3 more years of Applecare on it.

One tip for Apple users. I guess they hired some psychiatrist to come up with this language, but whenever you phone Applecare with an issue–yes, seniors still place calls–they all use the same phrase: “I can certainly hear the frustration in your voice.” This is to defuse the situation because these words makes them seem sympathetic, even though they are prepared to do little. So you need to catch what they’re doing and say “If you can hear the frustration in my voice, then you need to do something about it. If you can’t, then please put on a manager or someone who can”. At that point, they become far more reasonable. It doesn’t hurt to throw in the fact that you are a long-term Apple customer who has become so frustrated with their increasingly strong-arm tactics that you are considering another brand of computer or phone. I hate the way all these constant “updates” aren’t exactly upgrades. They’re just a way to force their newest Apple music down your throat. I also didn’t like that they pulled out of the GOP convention because Trump was the nominee. I’d rather have them not sponsor it in the first place!

Another tip–back up your data with Time machine AND manually. If they are wiping your computer for repairs and then you reinstall from a Time Machine back-up, you reimport the software bugs that you were trying to fix.

MITCHELL GOLD & BOB WILLIAMS FAITH IN AMERICA BENEFIT W/ BUN-BUN!

For around 15 years, I’ve worked closely with a gay-owned furniture magnates Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams. Throughout the recession, they continued opinions stores nationwide and always used me as the DJ. My first gig with them was in North Carolina, which is a furniture designs and manufacturing hub.

Bob’s a New Yorker, and when he moved to NC, he was shocked by level of homophobia–so deeply ingrained in their society that Bob pinpointed that much of the virulently anti-gay sentiment was coming from churcesh. I know that some churches are accepting of gays–and this event does not target them.) What the benefit for Faith In America seeks to do is in Bob’s bio. I find that it’s rare that extremely successful businessmen like Bob would risk alienating potential customers to tell the truth: that without the bible, anti-gay religious zealots would simply be bigots. He’s tired of the Bible being used to bash gay people. I am too, so I gladly jumped to donate my services to this event. If you think along these same lines, perhaps you can attend the benefit.

Please join co-founders Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams as we celebrate Mitchell’s milestone birthday and the launch of our 2017 Spring Collection. Event to benefit Faith In America, combatting religious based harm to support LGBTQ people. Learn more at faithinamerica.org

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2017
6PM – 9PM
MITCHELL GOLD + BOB WILLIAMS
210 LAFAYETTE | NEW YORK, NY 10012

Enjoy a fabulous cocktail and dinner party with
Thomas Roberts serving as emcee,
Special performance by Chely Wright
Vibes by DJ Lady Bunny

Presenting Sponsor:
B. W. Bastian Foundation

MORE INFO/TIX: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mitchell-gold-birthday-celebration-a-benefit-for-faith-in-america-tickets-30525450444

Excellent Bill Maher segment on how PC Dems keep losing elections

As Bill Maher explains, the twitterverse busted some guy for saying Carrie Fischer was beautiful before he went on to say she was witty and brilliant. Sexist! You can’t compliment anyone unless you do use the compliments in the right order as dictated by the politically correct word police. Liberals have been prattling on about stuff like this while folks outside big cities and lefty states are experiencing shorter life expectancies than the generation before them (for the 1st time in American history), committing suicide and hooked on opiates. When you have life threatening issues like that, the order of words in a compliment mean nothing. They deserve to be mocked, and Bill does a good job of it here.

 

 

 

 

Catch Nora Burns in David’s Friend opens Friday at La Mama

Flashback to the late 80s. Wigstock had been going for 4-5 years and it had grown to be unmanageable for a drag queen in her 20s. (Yes, I was once a twink. Now I've done twink, thank and twunk.) Along came a benevolent hunk named David Burns, a benevolent god in leather who smiled upon me, and offered is Union Square fancy digs as a Wigstock headquarters of sorts. The festival wouldn't have continued without his help and for that I'm eternally grateful. David did not survive the AIDS crisis, though he touched many with his winning personality and stunning looks before he passed. He even took the last name of his steadfast gal pal Nora Burns. This new show is an ode to their friendship. Now Nora has interviewed friends close to him to remember him in her new solo show David's Friend. It will be interesting to see Nora, best known for comic turns in the comedy troupes Unitard and The Nellie Olesons, take on the more serious side of a buddy who has passed. I know that I cried during my interview with her! However, Nora will paint not just a picture of David and their friendship, but of NYC at one of it's peak time, when clubbing was a lifestyle and all the drugs, sex, music and AIDS which went with it. "DAVID'S FRIEND is an achingly funny coming-of-age story about love and loss at the center of the universe: New York City. It's a true-life epic about Nora and David, best friends who met as teenagers and moved to Manhattan, where they immersed themselves in the zeitgeist: a speed-of-light journey through sex, drugs, disco, love and heartbreak. DAVID'S FRIEND is the outrageous and riotous saga of an era when rents were cheap, sex was waiting around every corner, and friendship was the most important thing of all." Costumes by Connie Fleming, videos by Len Whitney and dramaturgy of Lucy Sexton of Dance Noise fame. Opens this Friday through 1/5 at La Mama. http://www.broadwayworld.com/off-off-broadway/article/Comic-Memoir-DAVIDS-FRIEND-to-Travel-Back-to-80s-NYC-at-La-MaMa-20170105

Flashback to the late 80s. Wigstock had been going for 4-5 years and it had grown to be unmanageable for a drag queen in her 20s. (Yes, I was once a twink. Now I’ve done twink, thank and twunk.) Along came a benevolent hunk named David Burns, a benevolent god in leather who smiled upon me, and offered is Union Square fancy digs as a Wigstock headquarters of sorts. The festival wouldn’t have continued without his help and for that I’m eternally grateful. David did not survive the AIDS crisis, though he touched many with his winning personality and stunning looks before he passed. He even took the last name of his steadfast gal pal Nora Burns. This new show is an ode to their friendship.

Now Nora has interviewed friends close to him to remember him in her new solo show David’s Friend. It will be interesting to see Nora, best known for comic turns in the comedy troupes Unitard and The Nellie Olesons, take on the more serious side of a buddy who has passed. I know that I cried during my interview with her! However, Nora will paint not just a picture of David and their friendship, but of NYC at one of it’s peak time, when clubbing was a lifestyle and all the drugs, sex, music and AIDS which went with it.

“DAVID’S FRIEND is an achingly funny coming-of-age story about love and loss at the center of the universe: New York City. It’s a true-life epic about Nora and David, best friends who met as teenagers and moved to Manhattan, where they immersed themselves in the zeitgeist: a speed-of-light journey through sex, drugs, disco, love and heartbreak. DAVID’S FRIEND is the outrageous and riotous saga of an era when rents were cheap, sex was waiting around every corner, and friendship was the most important thing of all.”

Costumes by Connie Fleming, videos by Len Whitney and dramaturgy of Lucy Sexton of Dance Noise fame. Opens this Friday through 1/5 at La Mama.

http://www.broadwayworld.com/off-off-broadway/article/Comic-Memoir-DAVIDS-FRIEND-to-Travel-Back-to-80s-NYC-at-La-MaMa-20170105

This video made me moist!

WARNING: Only click on this if you have a sick sense of humor!

2016–IT’S A WRAP! Here’s to Debbie, Carrie, Zsa Zsa, Prince, Bowie, Maurice White, Sharon Jones, Pete Burns and all who were laid to rest this year.

 

A Thought for NYE and 2017

I’m gonna do what I do every NYE–dance, carry on, meet people, chase pinga and have fun. And I’m gonna do it again tomorrow night at The Monster from 6-10 at my fave weekly party. Oink!

To many of my friends, the world seems like it’s spinning out of control with regards to politics–or even with this years’ rash of celebrity deaths. (Newsflash: As you get older, the stars who you grew up watching all die.) You can’t control the world at large. But we can control our own worlds, and make a conscious effort to reconnect with anything which brings us joy. If you’re alive, then you’ve got something to celebrate right there. Enjoy it, and Happy NYEEEEEEE!

A song for 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGJgyuAu6eo&feature=youtu.be

When both parties represent war, it’s time for a new party.

After the Pulse shooting, gay groups aligned with advocates who wanted to curb access to guns. Why aren’t these same groups concerned when the US sells weapons of destruction all over the globe? Is it because democrats are the ones currently selling them? Imagine how much deadlier than assault weapons these weapons we sell are–and we often sell them to shifty countries. We’re seeking to to ban assault rifles at home because they aren’t used to hunt or protect oneself–only to massacre. Well, what the hell do you think the weapons we sell overseas are used for? Mass destruction. When both parties represent destruction and war, it’s time to forge a new party which values peace and harmony over the profits of doom

NY TIMES: U.S. Sold $40 Billion in Weapons in 2015, Topping Global Market.

Shirley Bassey: What a dame!

She turned 80 on Christmas Eve and delivered. They don’t make them like Shirl any more. In fact, I don’t think they ever made one quite like Shirley. I Am What I Am is not my fave of her hits–but she hits every mark and I love the new (?) growl which accompanies a few of the climaxes. I don’t enjoy the lukewarm host here , who excels in fantastic drag comedy, but we dumb everything down and put him in a suit.

Trans-Jester! Last show this Wed. at 7PM, Stonewall Inn

My last performance of Trans-Jester! at Stonewall Inn is this Wednesday at 7PM. Much to my delight, the show struck a nerve (and a funny bone) with audiences since April. I gagged! Stonewall’s upstairs cabaret room isn’t large, so the final week probably sell out. Trans-Jester! is widely considered the most entertaining show I’ve ever done, so I hope you’ll check it out before it heads to London’s Soho Theatre Feb 14-25 and LA’s Casita Del Campo’s Cavern Club March 16-18. Also, the Razz Room in New Hope, PA on 1/28 for one night only. Bunny’s always hopping’ so catch me while ya can.
Michael Musto called it “the most screamingly funny, gratifyingly, crap-your-pants-funny shows in town. And Michael knows a thing or two about crapping his pants. Hope to see ya! And if you’ve seen it, enjoyed it and have a friend who likes rotgut humor with a side of social commentary–please let them know so we can go out with a bang this Wednesday. If ma girdle still fits after Christmas pigging.

TIX:   http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2594512

Review: @DrewDroege in Bright Colors And Bold Patterns, directed by @MichaelUrie

Just saw this and “a triumph” doesn’t begin to describe Drew Droege in Bright Colors And Bold Patterns. There are only 6 shows left and I’m going to tell you to RUN to catch this nutty and hysterical show, written by Drew and directed by Michael Urie.

If you’d like to be whisked out of the winter into a gay wedding in Palm Springs. If you’d like top be whisked anywhere in fits of laughter or if you’d like to see a 2016 definition of gay repartee, then this show is for you. It’s in the vein of party-out-of-bounds films like Abigail’s Party and Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Wolf?, in which an overbearing host (or in this case guest) gets trashed and let’s everyone there have it. Except that no one else is there–it’s a one-man show in which Drew imagines all of his friends, his exes, his exes’ new flamess, etc. And you don’t miss them thanks to the star’s zany antics.

Drew, best known for his witheringly funny Chloe Sevigny impersonations on youtube, is a high energy whirlwind of faggotry which only continues to grow fueled by cocktails and bumps of coke. In an attempt to horrify the gay groom’s stuffy mom, Gary suggests that they take her to gay bar called Toucan’s, where some drag queen named Lady Woman is spinning scratched CDs. Hmmm. Was that a shout-out?

Bu Gerry is feeling a little out of place. He’s a qweeeeeeen, who was horrified by the wedding invite stipulating a dress code of no bright colors or bold patterns. One of my favorite quotes in thin this beautifully written show is “I don’t remember ever seeing khaki in the colors of the rainbow.” I probably screwed up the quote a little but don’t you screw up and miss this bitchy screamfest, full of the same LOL pop culture references as Drew’s berserk Chloe. I hope another of Gerry’s pals gets married so there can be a sequel, or a hell, a series. Drew is more manic and prone to mugging–which I’m told actually happens when people take cocaine–but his genius delivery is reminiscent of Mike Albo’s passive aggressive masterpiece The Underminer. I’d love to see those two meet up at a party one day!

Through 12/30 at the Barrow Street Theater. Tickets start at $39 and worth every penny. Here are a few review snippets:

NEW YORK TIMES CRITICS’ PICK!

TOP 10 OF 2016!
TimeOut NY HONORABLE MENTION

“DEVASTATINGLY FUNNY”
“HILARIOUS”
“A DELIGHT”
-Charles Isherwood, New York Times

“PURE MAGIC!”
-Adam Feldman, TimeOut New York

“NOT-TO-BE-MISSED!”
-Curtis Wong, Huffington Post

“BRILLIANT VERVE AND TIMING!”
-Michael Musto, out.com

MORE INFO/TIX HERE: http://www.brightcolorsandboldpatterns.com

Freaky Santa!

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Too much!

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Preachers for Trump?

I spoke to a friend last night who was down that he wouldn’t be seeing his family for the holidays. He’s very family-oriented, but just couldn’t face his virulently Trump-supporting relatives at this time. Luckily, I don’t have any of those in my immediate family, but I know that Thanksgiving was and Xmas will be tricky for many this year.

What really interested in the description of my friend’s summer visit to his parents was that they insisted Hillary was a known demon, who had undergone some ceremony in which she swore her allegiance to the devil. On election day, his folks called him to make sure that he wasn’t going to vote for the “demon.” He told them that he’d be voting for the candidate who didn’t want to grab his young daughter’s p#ssy. I asked him where he thought his family was getting this “information” about Hillary. I know that evangelical newsletters are widely forwarded, because my own kin have emailed some to me about Obama which were full of lies. I asked my pal if this demon theory was actually being spread in his parents’ church from the pulpit. He said he believed it was. Is anyone privy to similar info? Preaching for Trump in churches?

I am no fan of Hillary Clinton and have many choice words for her. Demon isn’t one of them. My friend’s family is very dangerous type of voter who is completely unable to separate gobbledygook from fact. We know that Trump somehow managed to strike a populist appeal to workers–mainly because democrats have failed workers to a degree and Trump capitalized on that weakness. Yet Trump voters will soon be disappointed because his main plan is to cut taxes on the wealthiest–which helps no one except those who need no help. Trickle down economics never actually trickles down. His attempt to drain the swamp is merely swapping out the gators, and he will actually hurt working Americans if he repeals Obamacare since it’s largely blue collar types who benefit from it. I caught an MSNBC segment last night about how one Trump voter was relying on Obamacare for an expensive operation for her hubby–she simply thought Trump was talking smack and never actually intended to repeal the ACA.

To most, supporting someone who will repeal the healthcare you desperately need seems foolish. And not all Americans are bright. However, if you’re able to totally gloss over the policies your candidate is spouting and support him because you actually believe his opponent is a fire-breathing demon, your religion is quite extreme. That’s not just ill-informed, it’s crazy. And no secular argument is going to sway your righteous @ss. I assumed Trump picked Mike Pence as VP because you pick a running mate who can appeal to a different voting block than you yourself can, and Pence is an actual evangelical. Trump seems totally secular. How could seriously religious people see a pussy-grabber who claims he could shoot someone and still elected as the less demonic of the candidates? I did see some laughable footage of Trump in prayer circle with evangelicals during the campaign. I guess they forgot that Bible passage about it being harder for a rich man to get to heaven than a camel to get through the head of a needle. Unless they are enriching themselves via their own clueless followers.

Voters who ignore all the issues and cling to nonsensical ideas like keeping a demon out of the White House are as dangerous as any muslim extremist. And just as when evangelicals helped craft Uganda’s Kill The Gays law or go and shoot up abortion clinics, they dream that they’re doing the Lord’s work. So you can’t argue with them. We can gripe about fake news  disseminating false information, or totally slanted news like Fox, MSNBC and CNN. But if your spiritual leader to whom you look for guidance in doing the Lord’s work is preaching that you should vote for a nightmare like Trump who seldom even made sense, we are really in trouble. These nuts need not even turn on any news. Do we need a sanity test for voters? We all know that evangelicals always vote on the candidate who’ll nix abortion rights and LGBT rights. While I don’t agree with them, I can understand those positions. But demons?

Sadly, this craziness isn’t only limited to the South. If your religion involves snake-handling, magic underwear, spaceships or the marksmanship classes which are offered by churches where my parents live, then practice it. In your church! But if you’re able to see Trump as a man of God, you are seriously confused. Or maybe your preacher, who you pay as your spiritual guide, is a nonsensical-yet-somehow-charismatic, extreme man like Trump, so you’re used to a madman spouting gibberish. It’s time for the fact-based community to call out the faith-based community on their utter nonsense.

Isn’t it time for christians with sense to denounce their extreme brethren? Just as we ask the majority of muslims to denounce jihadists who are acting out “religious” justice based on some extreme interpretation of their religion?

Thanks to Rep. @TulsiGabbard for calling for the US to stop funding terrorists.

CNN’s Jake Tappert: Are you suggesting that the US government is actually funding these terrorist groups? (al-Qaeda, Isis, al-Nusra)

Tulsi Gabbard: I’m not only suggesting it, this is the reality that we’re living in.

The representative from Hawaii has introduced a bill to request that we stop giving money to terrorist groups who we then are “forced” to go and overthrow, which in turn creates new generations of terrorists who will attack us here actually on our soil. A simple and (one would think) common sense request: quit paying to create our own enemies. Gabbard, an Iraq war veteran, calls the financial support of terrorists “madness.” Sadly, few democrats and fewer republicans will support her bill. They will deny, as Jake’s feigned “shocked” response here reflects, that your tax dollars are actually funding terrorists abroad.

Gabbard: “The CIA has also been funneling weapons and money through Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar and others who provide direct and indirect support to groups like ISIS and al-Qaeda. This madness must end. We must stop arming terrorists.”
I ask you: a huge chunk of your taxes fund our defense. Somehow, both parties see fit to take part of your paycheck to give to terrorists, and then take more of it to fight them overseas in these wrongheaded regime changes. A few like Gabbard, who have seen the horrors of a deployment to Iraq firsthand, are brave enough to call out this “madness.” If you can prove Tulsi wrong, I’d love to learn how. If you can’t, then our government is already crap even before Trump takes office. Do you support Tulsi’s efforts, or do you have some reason why a part of your paychecks funding terrorists appeals to you which you’d like to share?

Tulsi is a practicing hindu. I’m guessing the hindu religion might value peace more? I was raised as a christian, and I seem to recall Jesus, whose birthday we’ll soon celebrate, being praised as the Prince of Peace. What the hell happened to THAT kind of christian? The kind that objects to war on principle and which certainly would never pay terrorists to create instability. Oh, and there was some forgotten commandment about not killing in there, too, wasn’t there?

I’m not religious, but I’d like to pray that most of you don’t wish to fund terrorists. That you’d be shocked to even learn that our government is doing it. I’d love to dream that you’d even be vocal in your support of the legislation Tulsi introduced, called the Stop Funding Terrorists bill. Because the alternative to supporting it is accepting that we fund our own enemies.

WATCH TULSI ON CNN HERE:   https://www.facebook.com/VoteTulsi/videos/1243750762348007/?pnref=story

So silly and cute!

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Spinning at Saks 5th Avenue today from 2-5PM

Today, I enjoy a peculiar personal Christmas tradition: DJing at Saks 5th Avenue. I’ve done it once a year for many years and somehow it’s a great fit. The staff is a hoot. I clown around and since there’s no actual dance floor, I get to play songs that are a little out of the ordinary like Before I Let Go by Maze that I can bop to, along with seasonal faves.

But my favorite part of it is the surprised looks on many of the customers’ faces–many coming from all over the world. They’ve heard of Christmas elves, wreaths, trees, bells, sleighs–but the Christmas drag queen? So there are some quizzical looks, which I simply greet by exuding extra holiday sparkle. Bit by bit, they succumb to the madness, and are soon tapping their toes while they shop. Last year, a large muslim family complete with hijabs was eyeing me like I was the devil. But I slowly won them over by simply enjoying myself, and soon the young girls were wanting pics with the Christmas drag queen. Then the teenage girls came along. I could tell the teen boys were not featuring me yet, but I even got them and the whole gang over for a group pic. I take great joy in being an ambassador of nonsense, and whatever religion you might ascribe to (or like myself, none at all) there is never a bad time to enjoy yourself, shake your booty and spread some cheer. So if you’re out shopping today, I am usually on the 9th floor, which funnily enough is for young women like…ahem..me, from 2PM-5PM.

‘TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE TRUMPMAS by LADY BUNNY

Just spreading some holiday merriment and mischief!

Great review of my show Trans-Jester! at Cafe Istanbul in New Orleans!

Trans-Jester! is performed every Wednesday in NYC at 7PM at Stonewall Inn.

Also:

Feb 14-25 at London’s Soho Theatre.

March 11th at The Copa in Palm Springs

March 16-18 at Cavern Club under Casita Del Campo in Silverlake.

April 6th at Martinis in San Diego.

 

AMBUSH MAG: Lady Bunny in Trans-Jester at Café Istanbul by Brian Sands

Lady Bunny returned triumphantly to New Orleans recently at Café Istanbul. Entering with her trademark humongous blonde wig, she launched into her version of Daft Punk’s Get Lucky which featured the line “I’m up all night with the runs.” As her male member peeked out from beneath her shimmery metallic minidress, she sang to Annie’ssignature song, “My cock comes off tomorrow.” And it did, only sooner than that.

She rhymed “vagina” with “China” and “Carolina,” and declared that “Diarrhea is a water-based lubricant.” With the help of lowbrow technology, Adele’s Hello emerged from her “rectum swarming with disease.” There was a mash-up of RuPaul and Chris Christie. Her tribute to Prince? “This is how it sounds like/When my ass cries.”

And all this, and more, was just in her opening number.

Lady Bunny has been entertaining with transgressive wit and a sunshiny naugh- tiness for over 30 years (or “30-f*cking- years” as she put it) yet her act still seems as fresh as today. Granted, she has to explain the genesis of her Laugh-In-in- spired swinging cocktail party zingers to the millennials but the X-rated, un-PC jokes came thick’n’fast (faster than I could write any down). Sure some are groaners and one (a Jersey Shore reference) seemed a bit past its expiration date, but Bunny does Goldie, Judy, Jo Anne and Ruth proud.

Bunny’s daffy stage persona allows her to get away with friendly ribbing of her partner-in-crimeBiancaDelRiowithoutit ever seeming mean-spirited. Ditto for her jabs at OZ’s Persana Shoulders. And extra points for the local references.

After some terrible puns (“Philip Seymour Hoffman, he’s my heroine.”) and old-fashioned raunchy stand-up, Bunny displayed her disdain for Caitlyn Jenner and her support of Ted Cruz with a hysteri- cal take on My Favorite Things sending up Cait’s privileged life.

Presented by Daniel Nardicio, Bunny employed sharp and knowing humor to explore what can and can’t be said or made fun of any more. For example, because of political correctness “Dick van Dyke was made to change his name to Penis van Lesbian.”

Bunny expanded on this by sending up those words (“retard,” “tranny”) that have become verboten. “I don’t like the word ‘dinosaur’,” she stated, “but you don’t see me picketing the Museum of Natural His- tory.”

Discoursing on slut-shaming and fat- shaming and micro/macro-aggressions and cultural appropriation (citing Beyoncé and Bollywood), Bunny was certainly interest- ing but, about an hour into her act, got a li’l didactic; even she admitted she was get- ting “preachy.” But her important recogni- tion of free speech needs to be stated and Brava to Bunny for being very erudite and very dirty and very, very funny.

(Poor Bunny. Taking a break from shim- mying around the stage, all she had to sit down on was an off-to-the-side piano bench which she dragged to stage center. Surely, this Queen deserves a suitable throne.)

As a clip played of Joan Rivers—oh, do we miss her—from Lady Bunny’s 50th Birth- day Roast, Bunny changed into a glittery

caftan and returned to do two numbers by Sondheim who she’s “slowly discovering.” Rose’s Turn from Gypsy was followed by Follies’ I’m Still Here with revised lyrics touting K&B and Ruthie the Duck Lady as well as Bunny’s own durability. Very savvy.

Playing to a packed house, Lady Bunny exuded wry commonsense and a joyful irreverence, vital antidotes to these trou- bling times.

Check out these crazy shoes!

OK, I’ve been coming to London for many years now. And I miss Shelley’s genius shoe stores! But this exhibit caught my eye–a carousel with some nutty designs including a shoe with a teapot heel, one with a unicorn toe and one lucite wedge (which you know I favor) with Cinderella inside. Sadly, none of them were available in petite size 13. These are actually ideal for Trixie Mattel.

Gift idea?

Lady Bunny t-shirts will arrive by Xmas if you order now!

Just head to my home page and click the SHOP tab!

 

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Jackie Beat’s hilarious parody of You’re A Mean One, Mr Trump.

The Jackster is on her annual Xmas tour and heads to NYC 12/16-18. It always sells out.

More info:

http://www.missjackiebeat.com/schedule/