Saturday April 10, 2010
From the 2004 issue of My Comrade magazine. Some things never change!
Altar boys: Peter Corvington and Justin Scott.
Photos by Michael Wakefield.
Thursday March 4, 2010
Renaissance gal Lady Bunny—she's a nightclub star, DJ, blog mistress and street-corner slut!—is now also a stage actress, garnering rave reviews for her role in the light-hearted topical comedy When Bobby Married Joey.
The play, which originated last year in Atlanta and recently opened in New York, follows the members of a screwball Dixie clan as they gamely go along with their gay son's wedding.
Bunny breezes into the picture as Charity Divine, the daffy and self-important wife of the local Baptist minister. And I must admit: She is a hoot!
In an exclusive interview, the busy thespian took time to dish with me about her theatrical pursuits!
LINDA SIMPSON: What are the similarities between you and Charity Divine, besides your XXL attire?
LADY BUNNY: I'm certainly not Christian—I'm often on my knees but I ain't exactly praying! I am ditsy like Charity, and we both have southern accents, but I exaggerate mine for the show. Charity's look is a more matronly version of my own look. She's older—like you, Linda—but definitely has a touch of glamour—unlike you, Linda.
LS: After so many, many years being in charge of your own shows, has it been challenging working with a director?
LB: Director John Gibson is one of the writers so he has very definite ideas about how his lines should be spoken. It could have been a nightmare situation, but his suggestions have almost always been right to punch up certain words to get a bigger laugh. He's also very amusing in person and loves to torment the cast by saying things to us right before we go on like "That extra weight works on you" or "It's called comedy" just to put us at ease.
LS: The crowd was quite diverse the night that I attended. Do you think the play has broad appeal? No pun intended!
LB: Definitely! When we performed in Atlanta, busloads of Republican religous seniors came to see it. The play pokes fun at religious hypocrisy, but it isn't judgmental—it just holds up stereotypes and makes people laugh at themselves, which is no easy feat. I did wonder if the southern-fried humor would translate to Yankee audiences, but it totally has. My nightclub act is so raunchy that I welcome the opportunity to perform material that has more mainstream appeal and still gets laughs.
LS: Oh great actress, which do you prefer, doing theatre or film?
LB: My lazy side likes film because you do it once, and it lives forever on celluloid. But a play is a real slice of your life—a time capsule that brings a certain bunch of people together, which might never exist again. I'm lucky that we have a wonderful cast that is talented and a joy to work with. On our first night, I giggled when I learned I was to share a dressing room with the girls. Some of these folks have never dealt with a drag queen, but they have no problem calling me "she."
LS: Obviously the dressing room is dimly lit! Has being in the play made you want to have your own gay wedding?
LB: I'm an atheist..
LB: ...So I do not personally value religious ceremonies of any kind. But the play's hunky leading actor Matthew Pender is gorgeous and so sweet! He's totally straight and was even a pitcher for the Detroit Tigers. It just so happens that I'm a catcher... so you never know!
Sunday February 14, 2010
The gender-bending photo novella Bitches in the Sky (which I happen to write and produce) presents its first ever video!
Filmmaker Bec Stupak directed the Valentine's Day short, which stars drag actress Curtsy as her Bitches character, Gertrude McCoy.
Sunday May 31, 2009
I’m happy to report that BINGO-SKI was a hilarious success! I think I’m going to do another one in June.
The stunning party room of the East Village Ukrainian Restaurant.
Violet Temper added a few pounds for her role as an Eastern European babushka.
Svetlana serving Siberian chic.
Musik was provided by Tsarina Erin Markey.
Chris Tanner “entertained” the crowd as Polish comedian Zolfie Kaminski.
Linda Simpson (that’s me) fonding the Bingo-ski balls.
Bingo Boyski Matthew Camp was a crowd favorite. Tarot reader Chelsea gave gypsy realness.
Claire de Loon had the crowd in stitches as former Olympic skater Oksana Baiul.
Happy players Brendan, Kenny, Pailo and Adam
Angela Di Carlo was thrilled with her plushie prizes.
No prizes for Syd and Rae, but they remained in good spirits.
Downtown Manhattan or rural Minnesota? Thanks for blowing up balloons, Steven!
Butterfingers drop valuable American dollars.
Top Four Photos by Ves Pitts, others by Linda Simpson
Friday December 12, 2008
Dynasty Handbag, the queen kook of the performance-art scene, never fails to impress with her stunning ensembles.
Discussing her fashionable ways in a recent post on “The Moment Blog” (the style and fashion blog of The New York Times) is the woman who knows her best, her alter-ego Jibz Cameron.
Among her comments:
"With this look, DH is ready to exercise and to exorcise. She is set to take on demons of any variety, be it outer or inner."
What’s next? The cover of Vogue?
Friday December 5, 2008
My Comrade Editor Linda Simpson here…
I’m so excited. Tonight, I return to the legitimate stage in the new dark comedy, The Bad Hostess.
The playwright, Les Simpson (My Comrade's publisher and my, uh, brother), was kind of enough to write me the starring role of a drag queen performer whose plans for a festive Christmas Eve party are thwarted by a raging blizzard.
The only revelers to show up are her caustic drag-diva neighbor, a coked-up club promoter and an uninvited young couple—she’s a showbiz wannabe, he’s studying to be—gasp!—a minister.
Despite my character's best efforts to keep things cheery—holiday punch, Bingo, Cheetos—the soiree deteriorates into a night of bitter family memories, despicable karaoke, and rants against God and religion. Ah, the joys of Christmas!
If you’re in NYC, come on down! It’s only $15. And I promise to memorize my lines.
Coming soon: Exclusive behind-the-scene photos!
Wednesday October 29, 2008
"It was very hard to alter the beautiful faces of Elsa Lanchester and Boris Karloff," says photo-shop whiz and My Comrade contributor George Wittman.
But the result is worth it—What a great reminder of the monsters that lurk among us!
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