Come to Sit n Spin this Thursday @Comedy Central Stage.
(I’m telling a story that includes two grown-up black dudes named Bunny and Lambchop.)
and it’s freeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
And before that I even got to share a stage with her- at New York City’s “Town Hall,” though I doubt we even spoke to each other the night at Town Hall. Benefits by their nature are always chaotic, and this one was no exception. There must have been at least ten drag performers, and… let me put it this way: Wallace Shawn played the butler. Okrrrr?
Between the feathers, the false eyelashes, the wigs, and God knows WHAT else we were contending with that night, it’s a miracle someone snapped a picture of Joan and me together. (I so regret that they didn’t get Charles Busch in this photo, though. He was one of the stars of the show, and he remains one of my big influences, right up there with Joan – a brilliant & hilarious man.)
At the time of my appearance on Conen O’Brien (see video below), I was performing in my first Broadway show with another great comic legend, Martin Short. I played many different characters, including Joan Rivers. I taped this interview in between performances of that Broadway run. And now I think I know why they call it a “run.”
Because on a two-show day, the moment I got my costume & wig off from the matinee performance, I was literally RUNNING, on foot, to Rockefeller Center (where Conen taped) from the theater (on 48th street I think). I got back just in time for that evening’s performance. I was in my 30s. But that little DIY, “heart stress-test” didn’t even come close to the kind of energy Joan Rivers was STILL putting out in her 80s.
Buddha takes up the #icebucketchallenge after Mary Birdsong calls him OUT!
(If you don’t wanna do the ice bucket thing, you can donate instead, to the ALSA.org website, to help fight Lou Gerhig’s Disease.)
Sure, we ALL DO! But in light of some very recent (and very tragic) headlines, can you blame us?
Nevertheless… being in despair is no fun. So if you’re in despair over the fact that you’re in despair, don’t despair! I think I’ve come up with something that COULD give us hope…
This blog post started out as a tweet. With a hashtag. If you liked this post, please go to the tweet (see link, below) and REEEEEEEEE-tweet it. Or just post somewhere that you liked this blog, and subscribe, and….
Or it’s fine if you do nothing at all. #Really. Just get some sleep.