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posted Friday, July 15, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 28
Lady Bunny returns to Seattle
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Lady Bunny returns to Seattle

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Crazy Night with Lady Bunny
July 28
Julia's on Broadway


Lady Bunny, of Wigstock and RuPaul's Drag U fame, is set to return to Seattle for one night only at Julia's on Broadway. This is a show you won't want to miss. Lady Bunny always delivers the goods!

The show, Crazy Night with Lady Bunny, is sure to be a laugh-out-loud crowd pleaser. Seattle Gay News caught up with the queen of all bunnies to talk about the show - which she jokingly refers to as NYC's Most Notorious Slut Got Run Out of Town! - her position as the dean of drag on RuPaul's Drag U, and some of her ongoing projects.

'I'm excited about performing in Seattle,' Lady Bunny told SGN. 'I've heard great things about Julia's on Broadway. And the only thing I love more than performing is eating. I'm obsessed with Pike Place Market!'

Lady Bunny is not child-friendly, and we love her for it. 'Most of my act is raunchy comedy,' she said. 'I do a lot of song parodies a la Jackie Beat and Sherry Vine, and some of my latest targets are 'Like a G6,' 'On the Floor,' 'Firework,' and 'Tik Tok,' as well as the classics like Whitney Houston and her crack pipe. Crack pipes just never go out of style - not for Whitney, anyway! I have a demented spoof of Burlesque, if anyone saw that! I also share some backstage anecdotes from Drag U.'

If Lady Bunny comes across as unapologetic, it's because she is. With a decades-long career (something not easy to achieve in mainstream drag), she's virtually seen and done it all.

With glitzy outfits, sky-high wigs, and false eyelashes long enough to embarrass even Tammy Faye Bakker, multi-talented drag artist Bunny would turn heads even if looking glamorous was his only talent. But this isn't just another man in a dress; Lady Bunny is a successful comedian, emcee, singer, songwriter, actress, DJ, and, most famously, the founder, organizer, and hostess of Wigstock, the outrageous annual festival of drag and music that has been delighting New Yorkers and tourists for over 20 years. The feature film, Wigstock, The Movie, which chronicled the event from preparation to performance day, has just recently been re-released on DVD.

Bunny tours constantly, bringing down the house from Cincinnati to Tel Aviv with her bawdy, Dusty Springfield-meets-Don-Rickles mix of potty-mouthed humor, Southern charm, zany Laugh In-style skits, and X-rated pop song parodies. She has emceed events around the world ranging from Van Cleef and Arpels' corporate parties to Gay Pride parades, and has shared the stage with the likes of Pamela Anderson, Margaret Cho, Dennis Rodman, Cyndi Lauper, k.d. lang, and the B-52s, just to name a few.

As a journalist, Bunny keeps a high profile with her weekly 'Star Style Report' for Star Magazine. She also writes regularly for other publications such as Visionaire, Paper, Instinct, Genre, V, Interview, and Time Out New York. Frequent TV and film appearances also bring Bunny's name to the worldwide masses. As a talking head for TV networks like E! and VH1 and with appearances on Comedy Central's Pam Anderson Roast, HBO's Sex and the City, Britney Spears' MTV special In the Zone & Up All Night, as well as feature films such as Not Another Gay Movie 2, Dragtime, Party Girl, and To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar, Lady Bunny is no stranger to the various demographic pools. Bunny's even been consistently mentioned on the international hit show Will & Grace, cementing her status as an icon.

Currently Bunny reigns supreme as the dean of drag on RuPaul's Drag U - a show that has improved greatly from last season. 'Ru is one of my oldest friends and my roommate from Atlanta, Georgia, and NYC. So one of my favorite things has been reconnecting with him,' Bunny told SGN. 'And I absolutely love meeting and working with the Drag Race girls and am in total awe of the ones who do phenomenal make-up like Raven and Shannel. Tammie Brown and I have become good friends and Mariah Paris Balenciaga and I are thick as thieves. Mainly because she is a thief. Kidding! I've known the show's production team at World of Wonder for 25 years, so it really is a family affair with a very relaxed set. And the guest judges! I've gotten to work with Charo, Lynda Carter (Wonder Woman), Beverly Johnson, and Chaka fucking Khan!'

'I am not a big reality fan because it rewards train wrecks and anti-social behavior. But there is something genuinely sweet about Drag U,' said Bunny. 'The women who get makeovers are actually overhauled by RuPaul's own style guru Mathu Anderson, who is simply a queenius! And I know that I'm not usually thought of as sensitive, but the show has reduced me to tears several times - it's that bad! Kidding! I don't think that Gays realize this because most don't have kids, but many women sacrifice their dreams for kids - or the adult kids known as straight men.'

Bunny says she is excited about the visibility that drag has received over the past few years. 'I've been around since the first drag boom of the '90s. I think that drag hits mainstream culture once every few decades for a taste,' she said. 'Luckily, drag queens have always been a primary form of entertainment among Gays. It's either drag queens with their junk tucked or strippers with theirs hanging out. So I'll take the mainstream exposure, but it isn't necessary.'

The drag superstar says she has some advice for all the 'little bunnies' of drag who might want to step it up a bit: 'Develop an act that you like doing, because if it catches on, you'll be doing it a lot. Also, try to develop something unique. Unless you are the very best Rihanna or Lady Gaga impersonator, no one is going to fly you to their city where they already have a dozen queens like you,' she said.

You can catch Lady Bunny at Julia's on Broadway (300 Broadway E.) on July 28 from 9 to 10:30 p.m. Ticket prices range from $25 to $40. Arrive early for dinner and better seats, or have a drink in the bar before the show. VIP tickets will get you closest to the stage no matter what time to arrive, and you will meet Lady Bunny after the show. For dinner reservations, call (206) 334-0513.

'Head out to Julia's to see me,' said Lady Bunny. 'And catch me as the dean of drag every Monday on Logo's Drag U!'

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