In Season 5 of RuPaul's Drag Race, the world was blessed with the knowledge that the quirky and sweet queen named Jinkx Monsoon existed. Monsoon had an old-fashioned heart and vintage style that accompanied a very real musical talent. Since then, Monsoon had to crown a new queen as America's Next To ... More >>
Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella--which originated as a light and lovely 1957 TV special--has been fleshed out with theatrics, jokes, a political subplot, puppets, extra songs, and anachronisms. The result is an unwieldy but crowd pleasing concoction that ends up being reasonably entertaining de ... More >>
Linda Lavin doing a nightclub act? Well, that's how she started, as the multiple award winner reminded the audience at 54 Below last night. "I started in clubs," said Lavin, "all of which had the name Downstairs in them. 'Nobody ever came, so you could fail all night long."
The producers of the upcoming Annie revival know that whoever plays the mean orphanage lady Miss Hannigan has to be even more memorable than fright wigs and eyes without pupils. Dorothy Loudon (above) originated the role and culminated her career with a brilliantly funny, witty performance that nab ... More >>
Drag star Sherry Vine -- the Elizabeth Taylor of downtown and the Gaga-spoofing YouTube queen -- is hosting a variety show for Here TV called She's Living for This. Well, I'm living for Sherry's favorite variety shows of all-time, and she generously obliged me with them since we both love a high-co ... More >>
As you'll recall, I'm in TV on the Radio's video for Nine Types of Light. I brilliantly played a hapless janitor, Carol Burnett-style, thanks to filmmakers Amy Davis and Jon Mortisugu, who cast me with a mop in mind and also nabbed Murray Hill to play the nightclub MC. And it's up for the G ... More >>
I always assumed I was the only Italian-American only child in creation -- those people tend to procreate a lot -- but it turns out Al Pacino is one, too! I'm not alone! And I did a little research (and glanced at Us magazine) and found some other famous folk who have gone through life without sib ... More >>
I cornered the amazing Susan Lucci at her book party at the Friars Club last night to tell her I'd turned on All My Chidren the day before and saw her doing a hilarious scene with TV legend Carol Burnett (who brought her Verla Grubbs character back for Tuesday's episode). "It was beyond fun, ... More >>
Well, shazam! Here's what the Wikipedia bio of the Gomer Pyle star and singing friend of Carol Burnett swears is true: "As he was 'never without a job' for four decades, Nabors has never married: according to him, he was 'really more married to his career'. "Consequently, he has been the ... More >>
I recently turned on TCM and caught a wildly campy Civil War epic called Band of Angels, with Yvonne De Carlo as a Southern belle who finds out she's part black and ain't happy about it! I wonder if Pulitzer winning playwright Lynn Nottage (Ruined) saw it, because her new work deals with jus ... More >>
The second I was asked to be in a music video for TV on the Radio's song "No Future Shock," I did a little Google search and squealed, "Yes!" OMG, the Brooklyn band is huge -- in fact, they're headlining Radio City in April!
charo.com Charo is the Spanish singer/guitarist who cuchi-cuchied (and shed) all over The Love Boat and who, after many decades living in this country, still speaks English with an accent thicker than a Meryl Streep character's. It's part of her shtick, and she's muy delightful at it. But ... More >>
Whoever Judi Sheppard Misset is, she's resurfaced as the star of a YouTube classic, wearing very tight blues and whites--and backed by two gal pals in the very same--as she shakes her body around and urges you to follow every gyration. Judi's yelps, encouragements, and chastisements, peppere ... More >>
Sorry to startle you, but Viagara Falls--the off Broadway "comedy" which Time Out New York's Adam Feldman said "falls somewhere between watching your grandparents masturbate and watching them go to the bathroom"--is returning like explosive diarrhea.
Kids, move aside—we call dibs on the front row
Thank God I finally joined Facebook! It's such a powerful tool that swarms of armchair producers there managed to get Betty White (face-) booked as last Saturday's SNL host. And she raked in the ratings! So who should you and your "friends" rally for next?
Emmy-nominated The Family Guy featuring Emmy-nominated Seth MacFarlane. For us the joy of the Emmy Nominations, announced this morning, is in the less-well-known categories. We see that there are only two shows, for instance, up for Outstanding Children's Nonfiction Program: Grandpa, Do You Know ... More >>
Mildred Pierce was the 1945 movie that not only taught me the expression "dreadfully recherche, n'est-ce pas?"--and which prompted Carol Burnett's zingy parody, Mildred Fierce-- but which won Joan Crawford the Oscar for playing a sympathetic waitress-turned-entrepreneur wronged by her cunty daughter ... More >>
There's something about old-time show biz legends. They're way wiser, more open, and more appealingly self-deprecating than the new kids. And they're much easier to get on the phone! In this week's column, I chat with country's own Loretta Lynn, fresh off the Songwriters Hall of Fame's decision to m ... More >>
Chattin' with Loretta Lynn and John Leguizamo; Carol Burnett in action; adventures of Nick Adams
Straight talk from CNN's Roberts about his molesterbut not a word about his boyfriend
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The city's war on sex shops has nothing to do with morality and everything to do with development. Especially around Times Square.