Now that the Faux Queen pageant was done and dusted for another year, I had a busy week ahead of me interviewing contestants, judges and producers and even one of the drag queens who founded the very first faux queen pageant. Bea Dazzler had also secured me a spot at SomeThing (a weekly drag club at The Stud Bar), so I had to get my butt into gear and throw together a performance before 11pm on Friday night.
Thank you to those who met with me in the second week (Bea Dazzler, Princess Cream Pie, Vesper Synd and Cara Couture).
Sunday, only hours after the Faux Queen Pageant, I had brunch with Hazzard Strange and her fiancée Andrew (who is responsible for all the amazing still photography from the Faux Queen Pageant). Then, I headed under the bay via BART to Oakland for a creative meeting with Krista Smith (aka Kentucky Fried Woman). We spent some time discussing our ideas for a drag adaptation of Corey Vidal’s “The Humans are Dead”. Some of you may know this song from The Flight of the Conchords; it’s the one where Brett and Germaine are dressed in boxes as robots. We took the original recording of this song and decided we wanted our robots to appear similar to the secretary characters of HBO’s Madmen. We would perform as fembot secretaries who get fed up with their Don Draper inspired boss and kill him with poisonous hairspray! Krista and I agreed to spilt the song in half and use any free time we had during the week to choreograph our section. We would meet again on Wednesday to rehearse and then get ourselves painted up and ready to perform on Friday night.
For the remainder of the week I conducted interviews, went searching through the thrift stores for Friday’s costuming requirements, bea dazzled my dress, and choreographed my sections of the song. I was averaging 7am starts and 2am bed times; exhaustion was starting to set in.
I was invited by Gurleen to San Francisco’s special version of HBO’s Sex and the City, performed weekly by a spectaclar troupe of the city’s most popular drag and faux queens. I can confidently say that this show (a stage adaptation of full Sex and the City episodes) was the absolute most hilarious live show I have EVER seen. Thank you so much Gurleen for organising comp tickets; I would highly recommend this show at The Rebel Club if you’re planning a visit to San Francisco. I LOVED IT!