Best Of

Best Gay Party Promoter


Daniel Nardicio has a wonderful appreciation for sleaze, and he’s not afraid to rub it in your face if it’ll get you to come to his party. The long-running wizard of gay debauching, Nardicio specializes in underwear parties, naked pool bashes, Boylesque festivals, and anything else with a hint of raunch that will strike up the hormones and ward off the boring attitude that taints so many bar events. The more you take off, the better chance you have of getting into his domain and even getting some discounted drinks. But Nardicio also promotes actual talent, doing so with a series of shows at Feinstein’s at Loews Regency that brought downtown zanies like Bridget Everett and Molly Pope to the uptown supper club last year. (The place might never be the same.) He also upscaled his résumé by working on this year’s Life Ball—a splashy HIV/AIDS benefit in Vienna—and by bringing names like Liza Minnelli to the Ice Palace in Fire Island. Nothing sleazy about that.