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Sep 06 2016
Funny Business: An Interview With Bruce Vilanch On The Occasion Of MOTOWN & MORE: On AIDS, Body-Shaming, Eartha Kitt & That Bette Midler Caitlyn Jenner Joke Comments (0)

BVBruce Vilanch (Image via Help Is on the Way)

When you get an opportunity to interview Bruce Vilanch, one of the most celebrated comedy writers in history and a way-out gay man to boot (and boots go with anything), you do not pass it by.

Vilanch spoke with me last week about a cause close to his heart, the Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation and the great work it does and will continue to do thanks to the bucks it seeks to rake in from a one-night-only Help Is on the Way cabaret benefit: the Broadway touring cast of Beautiful will perform in Motown & More on Monday, September 12, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. at the Marines' Memorial Theater in San Francisco.

PC(Image via Help Is on the Way)

The highly anticipated show will be co-hosted by Vilanch and operatic drag diva Katya Smirnoff-Skyy. Get your tickets here.

Vilanch's career took off when a friendship with Bette Midler (before she was Bette Midler!) led to him writing for her 1974 Broadway show Clams on the Half Shell. He's collaborated with her many times, and has written for a dizzying array of TV shows and performers, from Donny Osmond to Elizabeth Taylor, and for some of the funniest people of our time: Robin Williams, Roseanne Barr (she really did used to be funny), Billy Crystal, Lily Tomlin and more.

Help Is on the Way performers speak out about the charity:

Somehow, Vilanch has been able to be a part of the best and worst of pop culture, writing for the Oscars for 27 years and counting, and also counting The Brady Bunch Variety Hour (1976-1977) and that infamous Star Wars Holiday Special (1978) among his credits. He is the nuclear cockroach of HA!, and always the best thing about whatever project he's tackling.

Vilanch survives in any milieu because everyone knows he knows from funny. He's beloved because, unlike some very funny people, he also has a sense of humor about himself, and a sense of duty toward the gay community and people in need.

Read on for my chat with the most hilarious person in the room, because the room is usually filled with people delivering lines he's given them to say ...

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Aug 24 2016
Legacy Hires: Eight Queens & One Raven Gather On Behalf Of RuPAUL'S DRAG RACE ALL STARS, Season 2 Comments (0)

IMG_8872 copyLittle “women” (All images by Matthew Rettenmund, unless noted)

Took a friend to the media event for Season 2 of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars at the Crosby Street Hotel last night, and we think we already know who is going to win the whole damn thing, but I won't say so nobody thinks I'm giving a stealth spoiler.

IMG_8888*The hand on top reminds me of Hitchcock's “Man from the South” ...

Of course, we actually do know who goes home when the show's first episode airs on Thursday, August 25, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Logo ... but we're sworn to secrecy on that one.

Screen Shot 2016-08-24 at 12.35.20 AMThis is what you came here for.

The girls who showed up: Alaska, Alyssa Edwards, Coco Montrese, Ginger Minj, Katya, Phi Phi O'Hara, Roxxxy Andrews and Tatianna. Only Adore Delano and Detox were not there in the flesh, and Logo persuaded Raven-Symoné to act as moderator for a Q&A sesh, part of which was seen live on Facebook and part of which was not seen live—thankfully, because the girls discussed the first to go and other top-secret secrets.



IMG_8886*Hey, girls—does the red carpet match the drapes?

The gimmick this time around is that each week's Top 2 are the ones who lip-synch for their lives legacies, and the winner—who has already made a selection—gets to choose who goes home from the other, not-safe ladies.




IMG_8905*Raven lunatics

It's a twist that generated a lot of tears and a lot of fears on the episode, in which we also learn that some of the girls really wanna repair their images ... while others just really want the money.

IMG_8898*Single white “female”

I can tell you this is one of the most exciting and effortlessly funny premieres of any Ru series yet. Plus, it has the brand's characteristic lightning-fast editing and hilarious sound effects and dry spit takes. It's all dressed up with everyplace to go.

IMG_8913*Pay attention, gurl!

During the Q&A period, Raven-Symoné (whose name is actually pronounced sih-mow-NYAY?!) got two of the queens' names wrong, and also asked them a question that presumed all of them had won their seasons when in reality none had. When corrected, she offered a classic That's So Raven face and covered even better than Coco's foundation. She was actually delightful in her function, and later said, “My whole childhood!” when I reminded her I was the editor of a teen mag she appeared in frequently.

IMG_8916 copyKatya said drag queens used to be streetwalkers, Ginger seems to say, “Used ta???”

Someone in the audience tried to get each queen to say which person should've been voted off the first episode, but they were too afraid to lay it on the line. I also asked them each to tell me who they'd send home at that moment for what they were wearing onstage and got very few replies.

Screen Shot 2016-08-24 at 12.55.13 AMThat's so Ronnie (with Raven) (Image via Ronnie Marte)

Katya very wisely noted, in response to another question, that drag queens used to not be nice, saying they used to be thieves, drug users, drug dealers and hookers. She was spot-on, though it was ironic that she was reading the mainstreaming of drag while promoting the show that has at once elevated and somewhat sanitized the form.

IMG_8930 copyKatya also said she can't stand Katy Perry, which elicited gasps.

IMG_8919*Orlando Cal-miss-ian

IMG_8923*Tatianna was serving fish harder than Red Lobster.

IMG_8925 copyPhi Phi O'Hara said her drag's changed the most. “Yeah, you're a man now,” Ginger quipped.

IMG_8928 copyAlaska matched the theater's seats, that sign behind her and Coco's face.

Removing our thinking caps, RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars is a not-so-guilty pleasure. Just wait until you see Tatianna's talent routine ... or Coco's, for that matter.


Aug 23 2016
6-PACK — Courtney Acting Up + W Official Backs HRC + Clinton Foundation Helps People, Just Not Hillary At The Moment + Melania Suing Mad Over Hooker Smear + Josh Duhamel's Skivvies + 58-Year-Old Dancing Queen! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureABOVE: Courtney Act attended a Trump rally, had no problem finding idiots. Please vote for Hillary.

*widget boy cultureHighest-level Republican yet backs Hillary Clinton, cites experience, value, character.

*widget boy cultureWhat the Clinton Foundation does, did, does not do—and why it's Swiftboating 2.0.

*widget boy cultureMelania Trump using Hulk Hogan's lawyer to sue Daily Mail over escorting claims.

*widget boy cultureJosh Duhamel's underpants.

*widget boy cultureGreat footage of Madonna dancing in Cuba for her b'day after the jump ...

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Aug 02 2016
Draggin' My Heart Around: Fresh RuPAUL'S DRAG RACE ALL STARS Trailer Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2016-08-02 at 1.53.40 PM(Video still via Logo)

The next season of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars is almost here, and as this trailer shows, queens are wild ...

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Jul 25 2016
WIN IT: BenDeLaCreme Tickets + Post-Show Champagne Toast! Comments (0)

Inferno-web(Image via BenDeLaCreme)

Win a pair of tickets to BenDeLaCreme's Inferno A-Go-Go on July 28 at the Laurie Beechman Theatre in NYC!

To enter, just comment this post with your favorite line or look by BenDeLaCreme, and I will pick 1 of you to win at random 24 hours from now.

From a press release:

RuPaul's Drag Race favorite BenDeLaCreme returns to New York with the debut of her latest highly theatrical blend of burlesque, comedy, performance art and music. BenDeLaCreme's Inferno A-Go-Go, an evening of entertainment about an eternity of suffering, will begin performances July 28 at The Laurie Beechman Theatre.

In BenDeLaCreme's Inferno A-Go-Go, celebrated story-muddler BenDeLaCreme seeks to answer that age old question: What the Hell? Turning her gay gaze toward “Dante’s Inferno” -- the original travel brochure of the damned -- this rollicking romp through nine circles of fire and fun is equal parts brimstone and rhinestones.  Get your tickets now, or suffer forever more!

BenDeLaCreme's Inferno A-Go-Go runs July 28 - August 19 at The Laurie Beechman Theater (inside West Bank Cafe at 407 West 42nd Street -- at Ninth Avenue, accessible from the A,C,E,N,R,V,F,1,2,3 trains at 42nd Street). Tickets are $22 plus a $20 food/drink minimum.  A $40 VIP ticket including priority seating and meet-and-greet is also available. To purchase tickets, call 212-352-3101 or visit Performances are:
• Thu July 28 at 7:00pm
• Fri July 29 at 7:00pm
• Sat, July 30 at 7:00pm
• Sunday, July 31 at 1:30pm
• Wed Aug 3 at 9:30
• Thu Aug 4 at 9:30pm
• Sat Aug 6 at 9:30pm
• Thu Aug 11 at 7:00pm
• Fri Aug 12 at 7:00pm
• Sat Aug 13 at 7:00pm
• Sun Aug 14 at 9:30pm
• Thu Aug 18 at 7:00pm
• Fri Aug 19 at 7:00pm


Buy tickets here.

Jul 18 2016
HEY Bob The Drag QWEEN! Comments (0)

Unnamed(Image via Hey Qween!)

Bob the Drag Queen visits Hey Qween! just in time to close out another successful season. Watch!

Jul 08 2016
6-PACK — Horrendous: Cops Mowed Down In Dallas Sniper Shooting + Trump's Veep: Gingrich? + Adam Lambert Lookin' Good + AMERICAN DRAG STORY + Takei Not Impressed By Gay Sulu + Sarah Silverman Almost Literally Died Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureMultiple officers slain in sniper shooting at Black Lives Matter protest march in Dallas. How is this America in 2016—POC being executed, cops being shot?

*widget boy cultureSo the game will be that Gingrich is Trump's VP and if Trump somehow wins, he—wink, wink—steps down and lets Gingrich be president?

*widget boy cultureAdam Lambert looking JACKED.

Adam lambert(Image via Warner Bros.)

*widget boy cultureDRAG ME TO HELL: RuPaul's Drag Race meets American Horror Story.

*widget boy cultureThe original Mr. Sulu. national treasure George Takei, thinks making the character gay suddenly is “unfortunate.”

*widget boy cultureI would've been so bummed if Sarah Silverman had actually died. Who ever heard of this inflammation? Another thing to fear. 

Jun 29 2016
6-PACK — Hillary: MOVE ON ALREADY! + Bernie's Mistake + Bareback Like Me + Ending The Gay-Male Blood Ban? + China Not Gaga Over Dalai Mama's Pitch For Kindness + RuPaul On Gay Pride, Drag, Anonymity & What To Call Him! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureHillary Clinton responds to anticlimactic Benghazi report: “It's time to move on.” Slain ambassador Stevens's sister doesn't blame Hillary.

*widget boy cultureHow Bernie Sanders apparently overplayed his hand, squandering the real power he'd accumulated.

*widget boy cultureDoes watching condomless porn lead gay men to engage in more condomless sex? Will you see condomless porn at the link?

*widget boy cultureFind out who wants the FDA to end the ban on gay male blood donors.

*widget boy cultureLady Gaga meets with Dalai Lama to discuss kindness (tell some of your monsters, lady), gets banned from China? She did right. More power to her.

*widget boy cultureRuPaul has been going mainstream in a big way lately! Check him out matching wits with Stephen Colbert (plus, his take on Gay Pride):