Howard Stern Costars With a Corpse


Yes, the shock jock is back in a film and this one might make his Private Parts look even bigger by comparison. It’s a digital video feature called The Calistra Zipper Story based on the sardonic story of a guy who wheels his daughter’s taxidermied corpse all over the place, most notably into Stern’s esteemed radio studio.

Another featured player in the film is highly preserved drag queen Alexis Del Lago, whom I’ve had the ill-ustrious honor of working with. (Cue music for flashback.) We were in a version of Sweet Bird of Youth by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, way back at the ‘80s club Danceteria. I played a gossip reporter–a real stretch–and I’ll never forget how at a rehearsal, when I read the catty speech I’d been asked to write for my character, the whole cast erupted into peals of laughter, convinced I was stealing the show. Except for Alexis. She started screaming bloody murder and made sure the scene was whittled way down so it wouldn’t interfere with her greatness. A real team player. (End music for flashback.)

Anyway, a much YOUNGER drag queen–Candice Cash–also makes a Zipper appearance, and that’s who this YouTube video shines a tawdry spotlight on. Whether the film itself should be taxidermied I’ll leave to the public at (not so) large.