Podcast: Sherry Poppins Bloops & Bleeps Her Way to the GLAMs

Thotlight is nominated for a GLAM Award! Jim and Freddie chat Thanksgiving and revel in their nominations, and prepare for Awards Season! And wait… are Jim’s ancient parents really coming to the ceremony!? 

Then it’s time to chat with  two time GLAM nominee Sherry Poppins! This eclectic and unpredictable comedy queen discusses her POV on the difference between Brooklyn and Manhattan and Astoria drag (and even the difference between Icon & Albatross), growing up in “the seedy underbelly” of Long Island, the phenomenon that is (was!?) SUNY Purchase drag, the beginnings and recent anniversary of her nutty drag production troop STR8 to DVD, what makes C’mon Everybody great, how she connects with an audience,  lip synching commercials and the Wii Shop Channel music, all her gigs including a big upcoming Christmas show, and ho-ing in the Financial District!

In the news: a full discussion of the Colorado Springs Q Club shooting; a vandal who threw rocks at new NYC gay bar VERS is arrested; popular young Black nightlife event producer Frank Watson passes away;  Julius‘ is one step closer to landmark status; Jinkx Monsoon is coming to Broadway; Tom Delay spotted at Hardware; Shangela presents a moving number in the Dancing with the Stars finale; Legendary is cancelled.

Freddie and Jim also begin their Soon-To-Be-Iconic GLAM category discussions and win predictions! This week: Group or Duo, Competition, Gogo Boy and Hair Design!

Email us: thotlight@redeyeny.com

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Sunday (11.27.2022)

SUNDAY (11.27.2022) Your daily guide to New York and New Jersey nightlife programming.


UPTOWN / BRONX

HELL’S KITCHEN

MIDTOWN EAST

CHELSEA

MEATPACKING


[PLAYTHINGZ @ Playhouse Sundays 3-7pm]

WEST VILLAGE



EAST VILLAGE / LES

TRIBECA / CHINATOWN / LOWER MANHATTAN

BROOKLYN

QUEENS

LONG ISLAND

NEW JERSEY


BALLROOM & KIKI | BEARS | BINGO | BRUNCH | BURLESQUE | CABARET | CIRCUIT PARTIES | CRUISING | DANCE PARTIES | DIVES | DRAG RACE STARS | DRAG SHOWS | DRINK N’ DRAW | FETISH | GAMES | GEEKY | GOGO BOYS | KARAOKE | LATIN | LESBIAN | LIVE MUSIC | OFF-BROADWAY | OPEN MIC | PAGEANTS & COMPETITIONS | PIANO BARS | SAFE SPACES | SCENE QUEENS | SPORTS BARS | TRIVIA | WATCH DRAG RACE

Save the Date | Full Calendar | Christmas

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Saturday (11.26.2022)

SATURDAY (11.26.2022) Your daily guide to New York queer nightlife.


UPTOWN / BRONX

HELL’S KITCHEN

MIDTOWN EAST / FLATIRON


COMING NOVEMBER 25TH TO KICK OFF YOUR HOLIDAY SEASON!
Daniel Nardicio presents Dina Martina (a.k.a. “The Second Lady of Entertainment”) will bring her famed holiday trainwreck of a show to Sony Hall for the first time since pre-Covid, and NYC is very ready for her. In this hysterically funny show, Martina blends a truly wondrous mix of questionable song, unnecessary dance, overburdened costumes, and side-splitting video to bring back your favorite holiday tradition. 
TIX HERE. THIRD SHOW (SAT 11/26) ADDED!


CHELSEA / HUDSON YARDS

MEATPACKING

WEST VILLAGE

EAST VILLAGE



BROOKLYN

QUEENS

LONG ISLAND

NEW JERSEY


Want to unwind on Sundays after brunch with drinks and music and drag, not pay a fortune and still be home by Grown Folks Time? Cum to PLAYTHINGZ, an new Sunday daytime dance party (3-7pm) at Playhouse Bar in the West Village, with pop up shows from some of New York drag’s hottest new stars, care of Thotyssey NYC & Phil Chanel! Get all the deets here.

BALLROOM & KIKI | BEARS | BINGO | BRUNCH | BURLESQUE | CABARET | CIRCUIT PARTIES | CRUISING | DANCE PARTIES | DIVES | DRAG RACE STARS | DRAG SHOWS | DRINK N’ DRAW | FETISH | GAMES | GEEKY | GOGO BOYS | KARAOKE | LATIN | LESBIAN | LIVE MUSIC | OFF-BROADWAY | OPEN MIC | PAGEANTS & COMPETITIONS | PIANO BARS | SAFE SPACES | SCENE QUEENS | SPORTS BARS | TRIVIA | WATCH DRAG RACE

Save the Date | Full Calendar | Christmas

GET YOUR EXCLUSIVE THOTYSSEY GEAR HERE!

Friday (11.25.2022)

FRIDAY (11.25.2022) Your daily guide to New York and New Jersey nightlife programming.


UPTOWN / BRONX

HELL’S KITCHEN

MIDTOWN EAST


COMING NOVEMBER 25TH TO KICK OFF YOUR HOLIDAY SEASON!
Daniel Nardicio presents Dina Martina (a.k.a. “The Second Lady of Entertainment”) will bring her famed holiday trainwreck of a show to Sony Hall for the first time since pre-Covid, and NYC is very ready for her. In this hysterically funny show, Martina blends a truly wondrous mix of questionable song, unnecessary dance, overburdened costumes, and side-splitting video to bring back your favorite holiday tradition. 
TIX HERE. THIRD SHOW (SAT 11/26) ADDED!


CHELSEA / HUDSON YARDS

MEATPACKING

WEST VILLAGE

EAST VILLAGE



BROOKLYN

QUEENS

LONG ISLAND

NEW JERSEY


Want to unwind on Sundays after brunch with drinks and music and drag, not pay a fortune and still be home by Grown Folks Time? Cum to PLAYTHINGZ, an new Sunday daytime dance party (3-7pm) at Playhouse Bar in the West Village, with pop up shows from some of New York drag’s hottest new stars, care of Thotyssey NYC & Phil Chanel! Get all the deets here.

BALLROOM & KIKI | BEARS | BINGO | BRUNCH | BURLESQUE | CABARET | CIRCUIT PARTIES | CRUISING | DANCE PARTIES | DIVES | DRAG RACE STARS | DRAG SHOWS | DRINK N’ DRAW | FETISH | GAMES | GEEKY | GOGO BOYS | KARAOKE | LATIN | LESBIAN | LIVE MUSIC | OFF-BROADWAY | OPEN MIC | PAGEANTS & COMPETITIONS | PIANO BARS | SAFE SPACES | SCENE QUEENS | SPORTS BARS | TRIVIA | WATCH DRAG RACE

Save the Date | Full Calendar | Christmas

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On Point With: DJ Skittlez

The newly-GLAM nominated DJ of shows and dance parties has had a long career on both sides of the Hudson, and has many skills and creative enterprises outside the DJ booth as well. Taste the rainbow of Skittlez!


Thotyssey: Hello DJ Skittlez, thanks for chatting today! First off, congrats on your GLAM nomination!

DJ Skittlez: Thank you so much! I am very grateful and very proud!

You’ve been DJing for a while now–mostly in Jersey I think, but in recent years you’ve really come into your groove as a Manhattan DJ for parties and shows. So which do you like better, New York or New Jersey, lol?

Actually, here’s a little bit of history of my 19 year career. I started out in NY, first at a club called Heaven. Then I did a bunch of guest spots all over the Village and Chelsea. Fast forward, I was DJing at Deko Lounge which then turned into Ikon Lounge… and then later on in life, I had a residency at Club Feathers.

I can’t say which one I like better. I love both states equally, because both states allowed me to DJ the way I know best… and the energy that I receive back is amazing.


Where are you from originally, and was music always a part of your life?

I was born in upstate NY, but raised in NJ all my life. Yeah, music has always played a major part in my life. I started out as a musician since I was 7 years old, playing the violin.

And you’re a guitarist also!

Yes! I taught myself guitar at age 11. I play eight musical instruments.

Amazing! What motivated you to start DJing when you did?

It was a number of things. A lot of my classmates liked my song choices at birthday parties and house gatherings, and knew that I love music–so they encouraged me to get into DJing. I always felt passionate about making people dance and having them feel happy and excited, when there’s so much chaos going on in life.

Do you have any particularly favorite styles or genres to play?

Gosh! That’s tough! I love so many genres of music… but lately, it has been a mixture of afrobeats, reggaetón, k-pop, and old school hip-hop.

And how do you enjoying DJing for drag shows? That’s a whole other world, right?

I thoroughly enjoy drag shows. I remember seeing my first drag show in NYC at Escuelita which was on 39th. Very underground nightclub with some of the most gorgeous drag queens ever.

Yeah, it sure is a whole other world… but I mean, when I was brought on to do “H2Hoe,” I was totally out of the loop. I didn’t know the level of professionalism and precision were so high, you know? I knew I was going to work with Brita Filter who was on RuPaul’s Drag Race, Lagoona Bloo and Kiki Ball-Change, but I had no idea I was playing in the major league alongside them. I have to tell you, I was a little nervous and anxious… but seeing them do what they do best and how they do it only made me want to work that much harder–not just as a DJ but as a sound engineer and producer, which helped me expand on more shows.

When you’re not DJing, you’re doing high end fashion retail stuff… and you even got to collaborate not too long ago with Savage X Fenty! What can you tell us about that world, and is it difficult sometimes to balance that with nightlife?

Oh wow! I still can’t believe I did that, too! Lol, who has the time? Where do I begin with that, lol?

Well, five years ago I was laid off from an assistant general manager position of a small hotel, and a recruiter from an agency reached out to me–which led me into working retail. I’ve worked mostly pop-up stores from Sharper Image to Savage X Fenty to Fila to ShopBop. I even did the men’s fashion show for YSL for early winter 2019. Rihanna’s team even sent me to London to launch her lingerie line, while she was premiering Ocean’s 8 at the time. I even worked in Canada for a few months, for a starter tech company.

You can basically say that my position was always retail operations manager: making sure everything was done to the client’s standards, and running around like a headless chicken. Very fast-paced world, and expectations were extremely high.

I was always able to take a step back from DJing so I could focus on retail, because I get bored easily (lol) and I’m always looking to put my stamp or my influence on things. Then I get right back into DJing.


The Multimedia Rainbow of Skittlez! So Fridays, you DJ “Reinas” at Hush, which is Pietra Parker and Natalie Carrera’s show.

Yes! It’s a fun show. I helped co-create the show with Xavier and Pietra Parker. It’s one of the only Latinx shows in Hell’s Kitchen that has a wide range of Latinx performers. What makes it so special is that we bring different Latin cultures to light–not just the different flags, but with the music and dancing as well.


And Saturday you’re back at Hush for another show, the prior mentioned H2HOE! The cast of that one is always in flux cuz the girls are so busy these days, but I guess it’s safe to say it usually stars Lagoona Bloo, Castrata and Peachez on the average night.

Yep! The main cast is Lagoona Bloo, Castrata and Peachez Iman Cummings, but Lagoona is on tour with Alaska and just launched her recent single, “Say It To The Sky” –by far, my favorite song of hers on so many levels! This cast is super talented, and amazing to work with–even with the understudies Dev Doee and Hanukah Lewinsky. Everyone brings their own flavor to the dish!

On Sunday December 4, you’ll be DJing The Q debut of “Balikbayan Box,” a Filipino drag revue (previously at The Ritz) starring Digna, Jiggly Caliente, Mancie Mandell and Diva Soria!

Another great show! A full Filipino cast that I know will bring the looks and talent to the stage. Very proud to be a Filipino Lesbian American!


Anything to add?

I mean, I’m on a Cloud 9 still from last week. I was asked to DJ the pre-show parties for Blackpink when they were here for the “Born Pink” world tour.

Gag, also amazing! Congratulations on it all! Okay lastly: what’s your best advice for a baby DJ on the scene today who wants to make it big?

My best advice for an upcoming DJ is to be honest and hardworking. Yes, it’s great to have connections… but you should put the time and effort in perfecting your craft to make sure that people keep dancing, and are having a good time!

Thank you, Skittlez!


Check Thotyssey’s calendar for DJ Skittlez’s upcoming appearances, and follow her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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Thanksgiving (11.24.2022)

THURSDAY (11.24.2022) Your daily guide to New York queer nightlife events.


UPTOWN / BRONX

HELL’S KITCHEN

MIDTOWN EAST / FLATIRON

  • LIPS: “Divas Night” dinner shows feat. Jesse Volt & more (5pm)
  • TOWNHOUSE: Pianist Fred Barton (6pm)
  • UNCLE CHARLIE’S: Pianist Jordan Wolfe (7pm)

COMING NOVEMBER 25TH TO KICK OFF YOUR HOLIDAY SEASON!
Daniel Nardicio presents Dina Martina (a.k.a. “The Second Lady of Entertainment”) will bring her famed holiday trainwreck of a show to Sony Hall for the first time since pre-Covid, and NYC is very ready for her. In this hysterically funny show, Martina blends a truly wondrous mix of questionable song, unnecessary dance, overburdened costumes, and side-splitting video to bring back your favorite holiday tradition. 
TIX HERE. THIRD SHOW (SAT 11/26) ADDED!


CHELSEA

WEST VILLAGE

EAST VILLAGE

LOWER MANHATTAN / TRIBECA / CHINATOWN / FINANCIAL DISTRICT



BROOKLYN

QUEENS

NEW JERSEY


Want to unwind on Sundays after brunch with drinks and music and drag, not pay a fortune and still be home by Grown Folks Time? Cum to PLAYTHINGZ, an new Sunday daytime dance party (3-7pm) at Playhouse Bar in the West Village, with pop up shows from some of New York drag’s hottest new stars, care of Thotyssey NYC & Phil Chanel! Get all the deets here.


BALLROOM & KIKI | BEARS | BINGO | BRUNCH | BURLESQUE | CABARET | CIRCUIT PARTIES | CRUISING | DANCE PARTIES | DIVES | DRAG RACE STARS | DRAG SHOWS | DRINK N’ DRAW | FETISH | GAMES | GEEKY | GOGO BOYS | KARAOKE | LATIN | LESBIAN | LIVE MUSIC | OFF-BROADWAY | OPEN MIC | PAGEANTS & COMPETITIONS | PIANO BARS | SAFE SPACES | SCENE QUEENS | SPORTS BARS | TRIVIA | WATCH DRAG RACE

Save the Date | Full Calendar | Christmas

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Wednesday (11.23.2022)

WEDNESDAY (11.23.2022) Your daily guide to New York nightlife.


UPTOWN / BRONX

HELL’S KITCHEN

MIDTOWN EAST / GRAMERCY



CHELSEA

MEATPACKING

WEST VILLAGE / SOHO

EAST VILLAGE / LES

TRIBECA / CHINATOWN / LOWER MANHATTAN / FINANCIAL DISTRICT

BROOKLYN

QUEENS

WESTCHESTER

NEW JERSEY


BALLROOM & KIKI | BEARS | BINGO | BRUNCH | BURLESQUE | CABARET | CIRCUIT PARTIES | CRUISING | DANCE PARTIES | DIVES | DRAG RACE STARS | DRAG SHOWS | DRINK N’ DRAW | FETISH | GAMES | GEEKY | GOGO BOYS | KARAOKE | LATIN | LESBIAN | LIVE MUSIC | OFF-BROADWAY | OPEN MIC | PAGEANTS & COMPETITIONS | PIANO BARS | SAFE SPACES | SCENE QUEENS | SPORTS BARS | TRIVIA | WATCH DRAG RACE

Save the Date | Full Calendar | Christmas

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On Point With: Thirsty Burlington

A Provincetown institution is coming to an iconic NYC venue for one night only: diva impersonator extraordinaire, Thirsty Burlington!


Thotyssey: Hi Thirsty, thanks for chatting with us! How was your Halloween… and what did you go as?

Thirsty Burlington: Hi there, it’s a pleasure to meet you. My Halloween was great; it’s always been my favorite holiday. I actually had a show at the Crown & Anchor in Provincetown, and I put a little Halloween twist on my show Cher 1975.

You’re mostly known for your Cher, but your Judy Garland impersonation show in P-Town inspired Jinkx Monsoon to do her in that now-iconic Drag Race Legends “Snatch Game” performance!

Yes, I did Judy Garland forever in Provincetown. She’s actually one of my favorite characters. My impersonation of her is completely blown out of proportion… it’s hilarious. I did a bit with a giant martini, and used to dance around the stage. One night I slipped and broke my knee, and actually was taken to the emergency room still dressed like Judy Garland. It traumatized me so much, and I never did Judy again. Maybe the ghost of Judy didn’t like my comedy and tripped me, lol!

Right before that, my buddy Jinkx Monsoon–who I adore–started filming Drag Race, called me and asked permission to use my interpretation of Judy Garland. So of course I wished her all the best, and of course she made it her own. She blew it out of the park, she really is a pro. It actually made me miss doing Judy myself, and I may have to bring her back one day soon.

I understand you’ve been performing in Provincetown’s Crown & Anchor for over 30 years! Do you live there all year round?

Yes, I love Provincetown. I started visiting here when I was about 21, and in my early 30s moved here… and I actually have performed probably in every club there is. I’ve been here year round for about 28 years. The winters can get a little depressing for me, so you have to keep yourself busy. I usually work on my show for the upcoming summer during this time. Provincetown is a magical place; if you’ve never been, you really must.

I see that you are originally from Cambridge, MA!

Yes, I grew up in Cambridge between MIT and Harvard. I actually still have family there. When I was a child, I was a little bit like a parrot. I would hear someone’s voice and impersonate it, always trying to make people laugh.

How did Thirsty come to be?

Growing up looking as feminine and being as thin as I was, I was being bullied relentlessly. When I came out I started going to nightclubs, hiding in the corners just kind of observing, and eventually putting on makeup. I think I had every hair color.

Out of drag I am quite shy, so Thirsty allowed me to be more fearless. It’s like putting on armor. I think that can be true for a lot of entertainers in general. So when I first started in the early ’90s, my inspirations were the supermodels of that time. They were extremely thin, much like me, so I became popular quickly. I really didn’t have a drag name at first, then a friend said “well, you love Christy Turlington… why don’t you call yourself Thirsty Burlington?” I actually got to meet Christy in Provincetown a few years ago; she couldn’t have have been nicer.

There are so many layers and tics and dragworthy moments related to Cher! What drew you to her, and did you realize immediately that you could impersonate her so flawlessly?

Cher’s voice came easy for me for some reason. Being a vocal mimic, I remember coming out of the movie Mask and repeating one of the lines from the movie, my friend said “wow you sound exactly like her; you should enter a contest.” So I did, and won… and the rest is history. I try not to rely on the stereotypical flipping the hair and licking the lips. I really play Cher close to the vest; it’s a little spooky. But I mean, who doesn’t love Cher?

What’s your favorite era of Cher? (I personally love 80s big hair, leather, power ballads, dating the bagel boy and Moonstruck edition!) And do you have an overall favorite song to perform?

I think my favorite era of Cher is probably the 70s, which is why I put together my show Cher 1975. It’s when I first fell in love with her. One of my favorite albums is Stars, and the song “Stars” that was written by Janis Ian. That may be my favorite song to sing. Or it might be “The Way of Love.” I love songs that tell a story.

Have you ever had a favorite performing moment in your career, or a favorite show you’ve done?

I don’t think I have a favorite moment. Every time I perform, I try to be better than the show before. Some people can get stuck, so each time I perform I try and step out of my comfort zone. I put a lot of pressure on myself.

Some of the first drag performers to get mainstream-famous were female impersonators Charles Ludlam and Charles Pierce. Nowadays, drag queens rarely commit to this level of impersonation (as we can tell from so many bad “Snatch Game” takes in recent years, lol) and are more about refining their looks and moves. Do you see yourself as someone upholding a tradition?

I think of myself more as an actor who just happens to be in makeup, tits, and hip pads. I’m still trying to find my look, but I’m definitely more old-school. The younger drag queens nowadays are so incredibly polished… I don’t know how they do it.

Besides Cher and Judy, is there anyone else that you do?

I’ve done a Celine Dion impression. And my Michael Jackson is quite good; that make up is really fun to do. But if I study someone long enough, I could probably impersonate them.

There was an indie scripted biopic called Thirsty released in 2018, where you played yourself! How did that project come about, and what was that whole experience like?

Two filmmakers, Margo Pelletier and Lisa Thomas, were visiting Provincetown and they saw my show. We started talking; they began interviewing me about my life, and the musical Thirsty was born. It was probably the biggest thing I’ve ever done, seeing my life recreated on film. Bringing back my parents and uncle, who got me started in show business, was kind of trippy and wonderful. We got to travel all over the world, showing our film at different film festivals. It’s still definitely one of the highlights of my life. I mean, who can say they have a movie about their life? It’s pretty crazy, you should check it out.

What’s been your experience with performing in New York?

I love New York; it has everything. But to tell you the truth, New York City used to intimidate me. The energy is so electric, but I love it. I’ve really only performed there a few times when showing our film Thirsty. I did do a show at the Laurie Beechman, and it did really well! I was surprised, because I’m really not known in New York. But everyone I’ve met there has been so cool. I hope to perform there more.

Tell us about Cher 1975, the show you’re bringing to New York’s legendary Birdland Jazz Club on November 28th (8:30pm)!

Performing at Birdland is big, so I really have to bring it! I’ve already locked myself in my house, and am rehearsing every day. My show Cher 1975 may be the best work I’ve done to date. I watched every episode of The Cher Show for research picking my favorite songs and monologues, as well as her classic hits of that time. I am also re-creating the famous Bob Mackie costumes. It’s kind of like you’re watching a live taping of the actual TV show. Expect to be wowed.

What else is coming up for you?

During the winter I travel a bit. I go to Puerto Vallarta and do a few shows. I’ll do some shows in Palm Springs, wherever they’ll have me. I’ve already started working on my show for the upcoming summer.

Last question: do you know anything about air rights?

Clearly this is a reference to the film Burlesque. Air rights are the property interest in the space above the earth’s surface–generally speaking, owning or renting land or buildings includes the right to use and build in the space above the land without interference by others. I had to steal this from Wikipedia, lol!

Lol, real last question: is there someone else out there you wanna try to impersonate, but haven’t gotten to yet?

You know what I’ve always wanted to do, but haven’t done yet, is recreate “We Are the World” from the ’80s, and literally do everyone from Cyndi Lauper to Willie Nelson and everyone in between. I better get cracking!


Check Thotyssey’s calendar for Thirsty Burlington’s upcoming area appearances, and follow her on Facebook and Instagram. “Cher 1975” will be at Birdland on November 28th, 2022 (8:30pm).

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Tuesday (11.22.2022)

TUESDAY (11.22.2022) Your daily guide to NYC nightlife programming.


UPTOWN / BRONX

HELL’S KITCHEN



MIDTOWN EAST

CHELSEA

WEST VILLAGE / SOHO

EAST VILLAGE

LOWER MANHATTAN / FINANCIAL DISTRICT



BROOKLYN

QUEENS

LONG ISLAND

WESTCHESTER

NEW JERSEY


GET YOUR EXCLUSIVE THOTYSSEY GEAR HERE!

BALLROOM & KIKI | BEARS | BINGO | BRUNCH | BURLESQUE | CABARET | CIRCUIT PARTIES | CRUISING | DANCE PARTIES | DIVES | DRAG RACE STARS | DRAG SHOWS | DRINK N’ DRAW | FETISH | GAMES | GEEKY | GOGO BOYS | KARAOKE | LATIN | LESBIAN | LIVE MUSIC | OFF-BROADWAY | OPEN MIC | PAGEANTS & COMPETITIONS | PIANO BARS | SAFE SPACES | SCENE QUEENS | SPORTS BARS | TRIVIA | WATCH DRAG RACE

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On Point With: Jack Rabbit Slims

Beginning as a drag performer, this fierce and fearless star of NYC’s burlesque scene has just nabbed a major award nomination. Let’s go down the rabbit hole with The Burlesque Cult Classic, Jack Rabbit Slims!


Thotyssey: Hello JRS, thanks for chatting with us today! First off, congrats on your recently announced Best Burlesque GLAM nomination! Amazing! Is it your first?

Jack Rabbit Slims: Hi! Thank you so much; it is my first. I am genuinely gagging, lol! The honor I feel.. is beyond. It’s a sick lineup of nominees, too!

Yes! I’m betting you’ve worked with or at least interacted with all of them before.

All except for Richard JMV, to be honest. They’re a smoke show, though!

[Photo: Kenny Rodriguez]

The burlesque community is pretty tight.

Very tight. Some of my bestest friends I’ve ever made, including Jack Barrow! We call one another Jack Jack Attack, ha!

And I notice you also tend work alongside a variety of drag performers as well, like Neon Calypso.

Neon is my sister. She’s gonna blow up; a true star.

Drag and burlesque go well together onstage.

Get this: I started off in the drag community doing drag shows! [Drag] has influenced my burlesque, and completely is the reason I am an artist in the first place. I owe everything to drag. Burlesque is what became of me!


So where are you from originally, and how did you eventually come to find yourself performing in nightlife?

I grew up in Jersey (Hudson County), right across the river. I moved to Bushwick, Brooklyn as soon as I was ready–in my early twenties. It felt right.

I’ve been a bartender in Hell’s Kitchen since I was about 19, so I was exposed to nightlife in HK at very young. I’m retired now from Manhattan bar gigs, lol! I did a few gigs at the Hotel Chelsea for someone dear to me named Tony–coatcheck, shit like that. I was exposed to burlesque there, and then the Slipper Room, and it immediately clicked. I knew that everything I learned from drag was meant for this. I am a professional slut… oops, I mean showgirl!

[Photo: Kevin J]


Scrolling through your Instagram, I see looks ranging from Morticia Addams to a pizza slice! How might you describe the type of burlesque you like to, or the sort of things you want to convey?

Oh, well I guess you can say classic–and lots of neo, too. I love classic bump and grind burlesque, and Vaudevillian influence. I’m leaning more towards that these days, but my mood’s always changing. Sometimes I wanna be a sexy pizza, or do my Lucille Ball Vitameatavegamin act where I lip sync the whole time! Those would be considered more neo-burlesque. I’m always shifting gears.

Have you had any favorite or just plain bizarre onstage moments?

My all time fave: I once did my pizza act, and got fully naked for it. If a venue allows it… shit, I’m gonna do it! And I covered my no-no triangle with a pizza slice, and then auctioned it off after. I mean, this slice was on my poom poom! And someone actually bought it… for, like, good money!


Was fear of public bareness a thing you had to overcome, or was it never there to begin with?

It was never there, to be honest. The fear is the expectation you set for yourself to be perfect, and to do the act like you planned. No fear of nudity… fear of anything but greatness. Always.

How did your performing name come to you, by the way?

Pulp Fiction. Jack Rabbit Slims is the restaurant where all the waiters are old Hollywood stars. $5 dollar shake. The twist contest. And that’s how my tagline came about–“The Burlesque Cult Classic”–as in the film, but also a play on how I love classic burlesque.


So, December 3rd sees you taking part in “Illegitimate Theater” at Chemistry Creative in Brooklyn, care of Fire & Fury Burlesque!

Yes! Fire & Fury is an awesome production. Nip Fury is a wonderful Latina burlesque performer. She’s smashing. And Rex is the Fire! He’s so knowledgeable about burlesque and history in general; I love when someone’s brain ties into their artform. He brings the house down when he strips, too. They paired together and created Fire & Fury; it’s a dope-ass production, the best of the best. And “Illegitimate” is an all nude show–no pasties no panties. The real deal. I’m stoked for it!


Hot stuff! Anything else coming up for you?

Plenty of December shows… and on January 22nd, I’ll be performing at this show I’m really excited about called James and Jiggles. It’s burlesque to a live band. just like the good ol’ days.

So fun! Okay lastly, as I like to ask all folks in your line of work: what’s the worst song to burlesque to, lol?

LoL! That’s a really hard question because I have my own liberty; I don’t really drag roulette… anything fast. Not my thing. I’m a slow burn kind of girl. I like taking my time. Any trendy pop music’s not really my thing.

Thanks JRS, and congrats again on your nomination!


[Photo: Natalia Neuhaus]

Check Thotyssey’s calendar for Jack Rabbit Slims’ upcoming appearances, and follow her on Instagram.

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Monday (11.21.2022)

MONDAY (11.21.2022) Your daily guide to New York City nightlife programming.


UPTOWN / BRONX

HELL’S KITCHEN

CHELSEA



WEST VILLAGE

EAST VILLAGE / SOHO

BROOKLYN

QUEENS

NEW JERSEY


BALLROOM & KIKI | BEARS | BINGO | BRUNCH | BURLESQUE | CABARET | CIRCUIT PARTIES | CRUISING | DANCE PARTIES | DIVES | DRAG RACE STARS | DRAG SHOWS | DRINK N’ DRAW | FETISH | GAMES | GEEKY | GOGO BOYS | KARAOKE | LATIN | LESBIAN | LIVE MUSIC | OFF-BROADWAY | OPEN MIC | PAGEANTS & COMPETITIONS | PIANO BARS | SAFE SPACES | SCENE QUEENS | SPORTS BARS | TRIVIA | WATCH DRAG RACE

Save the Date | Full Calendar | Christmas

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Podcast: Islaya Makes it Official

Freddie’s back, but his Other Show isn’t! Jim of Thotyssey’s got a new weekly Sunday gig filled with lots of dancing and drag and Freddie’s got you for Thanksgiving Eve.  Our hosts have things to say about new venue The Dickens, and analyze some some poignant social media carrying from Nicky Boom Box and Chris Blacker!

Then it’s time for a lovely tea-filled chat with one of the City’s favorite queens Islaya. We talk about her theater background and drag origins, all her gigs and pageant wins, the queens she’s living with, her Monster Bar mom, Southern versus NYC drag, her shows with The Aunties and newly renovated Haus of Official, major future projects in the works, Drag Race prospects, Rihanna, Noah’s Arc, her best advice for baby queens… and who’s the most underrated NYC drag performer?

Then there’s an in-depth discussion about the developing story regarding a “roofie-ing gang” who’s crimes are now linked to multiple deaths in NYC. There’s a whole scandal and back story here involving local politics and venue practices, among other things.

Also in the news: Frankie Grande got mugged, a recent protest outside Stonewall apparently turned violent, the historic Jane Hotel closed, some local queens turned up on The View , a new Mx. Rockbar is crowned and this year’s GLAM hostesses are announced.


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Sunday (11.20.2022)

SUNDAY (11.20.2022) Your daily guide to New York and New Jersey nightlife programming.


UPTOWN / BRONX

HELL’S KITCHEN


COMING NOVEMBER 25TH TO KICK OFF YOUR HOLIDAY SEASON!
Daniel Nardicio presents Dina Martina (a.k.a. “The Second Lady of Entertainment”) will bring her famed holiday trainwreck of a show to Sony Hall for the first time since pre-Covid, and NYC is very ready for her. In this hysterically funny show, Martina blends a truly wondrous mix of questionable song, unnecessary dance, overburdened costumes, and side-splitting video to bring back your favorite holiday tradition. 
TIX HERE. THIRD SHOW (SAT 11/26) ADDED!


MIDTOWN EAST

CHELSEA

MEATPACKING


[PLAYTHINGZ @ Playhouse Sundays 3-7pm]

WEST VILLAGE



EAST VILLAGE / LES

TRIBECA / CHINATOWN / LOWER MANHATTAN

BROOKLYN

QUEENS

LONG ISLAND

NEW JERSEY


BALLROOM & KIKI | BEARS | BINGO | BRUNCH | BURLESQUE | CABARET | CIRCUIT PARTIES | CRUISING | DANCE PARTIES | DIVES | DRAG RACE STARS | DRAG SHOWS | DRINK N’ DRAW | FETISH | GAMES | GEEKY | GOGO BOYS | KARAOKE | LATIN | LESBIAN | LIVE MUSIC | OFF-BROADWAY | OPEN MIC | PAGEANTS & COMPETITIONS | PIANO BARS | SAFE SPACES | SCENE QUEENS | SPORTS BARS | TRIVIA | WATCH DRAG RACE

Save the Date | Full Calendar | Christmas

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Saturday (11.19.2022)

SATURDAY (11.19.2022) Your daily guide to New York queer nightlife.


UPTOWN / BRONX

HELL’S KITCHEN

MIDTOWN EAST / FLATIRON


COMING NOVEMBER 25TH TO KICK OFF YOUR HOLIDAY SEASON!
Daniel Nardicio presents Dina Martina (a.k.a. “The Second Lady of Entertainment”) will bring her famed holiday trainwreck of a show to Sony Hall for the first time since pre-Covid, and NYC is very ready for her. In this hysterically funny show, Martina blends a truly wondrous mix of questionable song, unnecessary dance, overburdened costumes, and side-splitting video to bring back your favorite holiday tradition. 
TIX HERE. THIRD SHOW (SAT 11/26) ADDED!


CHELSEA

MEATPACKING

WEST VILLAGE

EAST VILLAGE



BROOKLYN

QUEENS

NEW JERSEY


Want to unwind on Sundays after brunch with drinks and music and drag, not pay a fortune and still be home by Grown Folks Time? Cum to PLAYTHINGZ, an new Sunday daytime dance party (3-7pm) at Playhouse Bar in the West Village, with pop up shows from some of New York drag’s hottest new stars, care of Thotyssey NYC & Phil Chanel! Get all the deets here.

BALLROOM & KIKI | BEARS | BINGO | BRUNCH | BURLESQUE | CABARET | CIRCUIT PARTIES | CRUISING | DANCE PARTIES | DIVES | DRAG RACE STARS | DRAG SHOWS | DRINK N’ DRAW | FETISH | GAMES | GEEKY | GOGO BOYS | KARAOKE | LATIN | LESBIAN | LIVE MUSIC | OFF-BROADWAY | OPEN MIC | PAGEANTS & COMPETITIONS | PIANO BARS | SAFE SPACES | SCENE QUEENS | SPORTS BARS | TRIVIA | WATCH DRAG RACE

Save the Date | Full Calendar | Christmas

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Friday (11.18.2022)

FRIDAY (11.18.2022) Your daily guide to New York and New Jersey nightlife programming.


UPTOWN / BRONX

HELL’S KITCHEN

MIDTOWN EAST


COMING NOVEMBER 25TH TO KICK OFF YOUR HOLIDAY SEASON!
Daniel Nardicio presents Dina Martina (a.k.a. “The Second Lady of Entertainment”) will bring her famed holiday trainwreck of a show to Sony Hall for the first time since pre-Covid, and NYC is very ready for her. In this hysterically funny show, Martina blends a truly wondrous mix of questionable song, unnecessary dance, overburdened costumes, and side-splitting video to bring back your favorite holiday tradition. 
TIX HERE. THIRD SHOW (SAT 11/26) ADDED!


CHELSEA

MEATPACKING

WEST VILLAGE

EAST VILLAGE



BROOKLYN

QUEENS

NEW JERSEY


Want to unwind on Sundays after brunch with drinks and music and drag, not pay a fortune and still be home by Grown Folks Time? Cum to PLAYTHINGZ, an new Sunday daytime dance party (3-7pm) at Playhouse Bar in the West Village, with pop up shows from some of New York drag’s hottest new stars, care of Thotyssey NYC & Phil Chanel! Get all the deets here.

BALLROOM & KIKI | BEARS | BINGO | BRUNCH | BURLESQUE | CABARET | CIRCUIT PARTIES | CRUISING | DANCE PARTIES | DIVES | DRAG RACE STARS | DRAG SHOWS | DRINK N’ DRAW | FETISH | GAMES | GEEKY | GOGO BOYS | KARAOKE | LATIN | LESBIAN | LIVE MUSIC | OFF-BROADWAY | OPEN MIC | PAGEANTS & COMPETITIONS | PIANO BARS | SAFE SPACES | SCENE QUEENS | SPORTS BARS | TRIVIA | WATCH DRAG RACE

Save the Date | Full Calendar | Christmas

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Thursday (11.17.2022)

THURSDAY (11.17.2022) Your daily guide to New York queer nightlife events.


UPTOWN / BRONX

HELL’S KITCHEN

MIDTOWN EAST / FLATIRON

  • LIPS: “Divas Night” dinner shows feat. Jesse Volt & more (5pm)
  • TOWNHOUSE: Pianist Fred Barton (6pm)
  • UNCLE CHARLIE’S: Pianist Jordan Wolfe (7pm)

COMING NOVEMBER 25TH TO KICK OFF YOUR HOLIDAY SEASON!
Daniel Nardicio presents Dina Martina (a.k.a. “The Second Lady of Entertainment”) will bring her famed holiday trainwreck of a show to Sony Hall for the first time since pre-Covid, and NYC is very ready for her. In this hysterically funny show, Martina blends a truly wondrous mix of questionable song, unnecessary dance, overburdened costumes, and side-splitting video to bring back your favorite holiday tradition. 
TIX HERE. THIRD SHOW (SAT 11/26) ADDED!


CHELSEA

WEST VILLAGE

EAST VILLAGE

LOWER MANHATTAN / TRIBECA / CHINATOWN / FINANCIAL DISTRICT



BROOKLYN

QUEENS

NEW JERSEY


Want to unwind on Sundays after brunch with drinks and music and drag, not pay a fortune and still be home by Grown Folks Time? Cum to PLAYTHINGZ, an new Sunday daytime dance party (3-7pm) at Playhouse Bar in the West Village, with pop up shows from some of New York drag’s hottest new stars, care of Thotyssey NYC & Phil Chanel! Get all the deets here.


BALLROOM & KIKI | BEARS | BINGO | BRUNCH | BURLESQUE | CABARET | CIRCUIT PARTIES | CRUISING | DANCE PARTIES | DIVES | DRAG RACE STARS | DRAG SHOWS | DRINK N’ DRAW | FETISH | GAMES | GEEKY | GOGO BOYS | KARAOKE | LATIN | LESBIAN | LIVE MUSIC | OFF-BROADWAY | OPEN MIC | PAGEANTS & COMPETITIONS | PIANO BARS | SAFE SPACES | SCENE QUEENS | SPORTS BARS | TRIVIA | WATCH DRAG RACE

Save the Date | Full Calendar | Christmas

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On Point With: Phaedra Phaded

One of drag’s most far-traveling queens, Greek goddess Phaedra Phaded is descending onto the Jersey Shore this week! [Cover photo: John Gram]


Thotyssey: Hello Phaedra, thanks for chatting with us today! How is November treating you so far?

Phaedra Phaded: November, just like October, has been busy as can be! I’m here, there and everywhere, as per usual for me as a Northeastern traveling queen! How are you doing?

Also busy as a happy bee, thank you!

Buzz, buzz! Happy to hear that!

[Photo: Thomas Evans]

The last time I saw you was a few months ago at Hardware; you and Virginia Thicc were filling in for Neon Calypso and Missleidy’s show. So fun! That was the first time you two worked together, right?

Yes indeedy! However, we have known one another for years, including Miss Neon. We started drag around the same time as one another back in Boston, MA. I’m always down to pop in as a guest spot in the city–nothing makes me happier than doing what I love to do all over the Tri-State area and beyond.

So you are a Boston native?

Allegedly! I was born in Boston, and raised in Greece until I was nine. When my family moved back to the states, they moved to a small New Hampshire town which I rotted in… ’til I grabbed everything and ran for Boston, picked up a pair of heels and started gogo dancing at a local 18-plus bar. Drag shortly followed after, and some fifteen years later I’m anywhere on any given day in Boston, Connecticut, NYC or even New Jersey and beyond. My ongoing joke is, home is wherever I step foot on the next stage.

Where are you currently located, if I may ask?

I’m currently residing in Providence, Rhode Island! But I’m talking to you all the way in beautiful Asbury Park, NJ.

So how do you think it came to be that you became such a traveling queen, instead of based in one city like most girls?

Thank God, because I know one day I’ll be a feeble hard-fronted queen in some raisin ranch (I hope) telling stories of my showgirl days like the two old biddies from Coraline. Honestly, this life found me some ten years ago when I wanted to branch out and not feel so stale in my life. I’m a creative through and through, and humbly can say I’m an entertainer; it’s in my blood. Don’t get me wrong–sometimes I’m traveling six hours to get to a gig. But I love it! I don’t know anyone who is crazy enough to just get in their car and say yes like I do… but I need new surroundings, or I get bored doing the same old same.

I often wonder what it’s like just to say “I have my weekly gig at the weekly bar down the road.” But my many years as an drag artist taught me to be confident in what I have to offer, and always say yes. It led me to my opportunities all over the Northeast as well as LA, Atlanta, Georgia and even Austin, Texas! Say yes to opportunities, ladies. Have faith that you’re the shit! It took me too long to learn that confidence.


How would you describe Phaedra as a queen today, as far as fashions and stage presence go?

Phaedra is definitely showing off body… in the most modest way, lol! I’m more so a full coverage queen to mask the Greek body hair that comes with the territory. I keep my wardrobe fashion forward, pretty streamline, and colorful! I use to paint high whore clown drag makeup… which I miss, and love still. But in the past two years, I have been trying to feel my full fantasy and try to give Greek Goddess.

Stage presence is interactive, sexy, sometimes camp and stunty. I love to throw my body around, but I’m not falling over and breaking or tearing limbs. She’s a professional diva!

Have you had a favorite moment or gig from your whole career?

I have had so many; I am truly blessed in that regard. But I’m always here for the next thing! That’s why I keep doing what I do: to make fantastic moments with my drag and the people I touch with it. But! The first time I ever performed, Alan Cumming was in the audience. He pulled me aside after my number, and he said I have long legs in this business if I ever stick with it… and handed me $5. I still have that $5 to this day!

So as a widely traveled performer, you probably know this better than anyone: theres so, so much drag out there! And to be sure, there’s a larger variety of drag and drag performers than ever before. But is that shear girth good for the genre, or is it oversaturation at this point?

Such a good question! To be blunt about it: some people have no business doing drag. I know too many whose motive is money-driven, or to be the next big thing. But that false confidence and vain drive isn’t what makes a good drag artist. It’s about fucking the system, being bold and unabashedly you… whatever your drag says for itself. Drag should be a love letter to your soul, not a way to sell it in order to get something else.

Drag is for everyone, but not everyone should be doing drag. You gotta build from the ground up. And I think–not all, but some–of the queens in the past few generations now think, “if I buy all the right things I’ll be like X, Y and Z” when they need to figure out who they are first.

[Photo: John Gram]

Well the Jersey children will be the next lucky group to see a Phaedra show! You’ll be at Paradise this Thursday for “WEPA Latin Night,” alongside Amanduh and Roxie Chanel. You’ve done this party a bunch of times, what can we expect?

I love Jersey and Paradise; it’s become my home away from home! I’m even vying to be a contestant in the next Miss Paradise with my preliminary win back in August!

I have done WEPA before with both divas, whom I love dearly! Amanduh is hosting this time around; she brings the choreo (chair routines Mama, swear she was a pussy cat doll) and Miss Roxie is gonna serve the flavor we all know and love out of her–I just know it! It is what you can expect… a party! Jonny Castellanos, one of our fabulous bartenders, started this Latin as a place to bring all types of worldly talent together under one roof, to just have a blast and enjoy some cultural drag! As a melting pot myself, I’m planning to bring some Greek / Latin / Middle Eastern fusion, and to dance my padded ass off! It’s what you can typically find at any show I am a part of!

Anything else coming up for you?

Yes! Sunday, I am in Boston hosting my Greek brunch at Krasi on Gloucester Street off Newbury Street. And the following week I’ll be at “Anything But B9” bingo at Salty’s Beach Bar in Lake Como, NJ with host E. LicksHer joined by Nanci Boi, Savannah Georgia, Tastie and myself on Thanksgiving Eve!

Fun! Okay, lastly: Thanksgiving food! Yay or nay?

Hard pass. Thanksgiving in general is sullied with so much history of bloodshed, racism and unjust treatment of indigenous peoples that frankly the whole meal and day can go in the bin. Also, I’m celiac… so I can usually only have like two or three things at the table.

I do love a potato, though.

Thanks, Phaedra!


Check Thotyssey’s calendar for Phaedra Phaded’s upcoming appearances, and follow her on Facebook and Instagram.

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Wednesday (11.16.2022)

WEDNESDAY (11.16.2022) Your daily guide to New York nightlife.


UPTOWN / BRONX

HELL’S KITCHEN

MIDTOWN EAST / GRAMERCY



CHELSEA

MEATPACKING

WEST VILLAGE / SOHO

EAST VILLAGE / LES

TRIBECA / LOWER MANHATTAN / FINANCIAL DISTRICT

BROOKLYN

QUEENS

WESTCHESTER

NEW JERSEY


BALLROOM & KIKI | BEARS | BINGO | BRUNCH | BURLESQUE | CABARET | CIRCUIT PARTIES | CRUISING | DANCE PARTIES | DIVES | DRAG RACE STARS | DRAG SHOWS | DRINK N’ DRAW | FETISH | GAMES | GEEKY | GOGO BOYS | KARAOKE | LATIN | LESBIAN | LIVE MUSIC | OFF-BROADWAY | OPEN MIC | PAGEANTS & COMPETITIONS | PIANO BARS | SAFE SPACES | SCENE QUEENS | SPORTS BARS | TRIVIA | WATCH DRAG RACE

Save the Date | Full Calendar | Christmas

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On Point With: Avery Badgirl

Here’s a newer queen on the scene who’s so bad it’s good… Slut Pop Princess Avery Badgirl!


Thotyssey: Hiya Avery, thanks for chatting with us today! Are you having a Bad Girl Autumn so far?

Avery Badgirl: I am! I’ve been working on some exciting drag stuff and my day job has been pretty light, so I’ve had more time to be going out and getting into trouble.

Look out world! When you’re not working, what bars do you like to go to?

I love C’mon Everybody because the drag is always so good–and I live in Crown Heights, so it’s one of the few bars that’s easy to get to. I’m also at Metro and Rosemont a lot because I know I’ll always run into friends I wasn’t necessarily expecting to see, which is my favorite part of going out. And then 3 Dollar Bill is my fave for bigger parties. My going out definitely revolves pretty heavily around drag, though… so I’ll go anywhere, if there’s a show that excites me.

But it’s safe to say you are for the most part a Brooklyn Gworl?

Yes! I lived in Manhattan for like six or seven years before moving to Brooklyn, so I spent a bunch of time at the West Village and Hell’s Kitchen bars. But that was all before I started doing drag. When I finally moved to Brooklyn, I was like, why the hell did it take me so long to get out here?

[Photo: Rachel Slakter]


Where are you from originally, and what brought you to NYC?

I’m from Massachusetts; I grew up in the suburbs, about 45 minutes outside of Boston. I moved to NYC for college. I applied to other schools, but I knew I wanted to be in New York more than anything. So, the college itself was sort of secondary to me.

And how did Avery get born?

It was after a long time of wanting to perform, but not having the confidence to go for it. I feel like I spent years absorbing stuff from queens I watched perform, or followed on social media. So by the time I started performing, I had already learned a surprising amount of makeup skills.

The exact catalyst to finally go for it was that I went through a breakup from a three year relationship. That was when I decided to move to Brooklyn, and that big change pushed me to get out of my comfort zone more. I met some other queens and started going out to more shows, and eventually felt like I was ready to start performing myself.

[Photo: Tanner Lant]

I recall you turning a number as a Lady Liberty contestant last year! Did you enjoy the competition circuit?

I did. Lady Liberty especially was so much fun; that competition was the first place I ever saw live drag back when I was in college, and it was always one of my favorite events to go to. So it was wild to compete and actually win! Eventually I decided to take a break from competing. I put a lot of pressure on myself in competitive situations, so I wanted to give myself a little more space to just have fun and try new things. But I’ll probably get back into the competition circuit again, now that I feel more confident in my drag.

How might you describe your drag today, as far as the looks and the numbers you like to serve, and overall vibe?

I’d describe my drag as sexy, lol… or at least that’s something that I incorporate into all of my numbers. Like, whenever I perform, I imagine I’m seducing every audience member… which probably sounds crazy. There’s definitely a lot of burlesque influence, which I think works so well in drag because you can play around with sexy and silly elements. I also studied ballet very seriously in high school, so I love to turn it.

For my look, I take a lot of inspiration from fashion / artistic makeup. I’m terrible when I try to copy something, so I generally just try to absorb influence from things I like, but then let myself run with it. It’s fun to be a little surprised by where it goes.

On Thursday the 17th, you’ll be serving “Slut Pop” with Nicky O and a great cast of queens at 3 Dollar Bill!

Yes! I’m so excited for this show; it’ll be my first time performing at 3DB. Nicky throws some of the best drag parties in the city, so you know it’s gonna be a fun night with some amazing drag. We’ve got twelve performers bringing our sluttiest, sex positive drag. This is also going to be my first time working with dancers; I have the fabulous Christopher and Joshua, and we’re ready to give it.

Anything else on the horizon for you?

Yes! Saturday, the 19th, I’ll be at Alphaville in Bushwick with Ruby Tuesday, X-EmmaFreeda BlackmanPhoebe Bing Bong for “Delusions,” our monthly party!

Fun! Okay lastly: how many times do you plan on doing “All I Want for Christmas” this season, lol?

Haha, hopefully none! I think we all get plenty of Christmas music without having to watch me lip sync it.

Best Christmas gift ever! Thanks, Avery!


Check Thotyssey’s calendar for Avery Badgirl’s upcoming appearances, and follow her on Instagram.

On Point Archives

Tuesday (11.15.2022)

TUESDAY (11.15.2022) Your daily guide to NYC nightlife programming.


UPTOWN / BRONX

HELL’S KITCHEN



MIDTOWN EAST

CHELSEA

MEATPACKING

WEST VILLAGE / SOHO

EAST VILLAGE

LOWER MANHATTAN / FINANCIAL DISTRICT



BROOKLYN

QUEENS

WESTCHESTER

NEW JERSEY


GET YOUR EXCLUSIVE THOTYSSEY GEAR HERE!

BALLROOM & KIKI | BEARS | BINGO | BRUNCH | BURLESQUE | CABARET | CIRCUIT PARTIES | CRUISING | DANCE PARTIES | DIVES | DRAG RACE STARS | DRAG SHOWS | DRINK N’ DRAW | FETISH | GAMES | GEEKY | GOGO BOYS | KARAOKE | LATIN | LESBIAN | LIVE MUSIC | OFF-BROADWAY | OPEN MIC | PAGEANTS & COMPETITIONS | PIANO BARS | SAFE SPACES | SCENE QUEENS | SPORTS BARS | TRIVIA | WATCH DRAG RACE

Save the Date | Full Calendar | Christmas