FABULOUSLY filthy American drag queen Lady Bunny brings her comic debauchery to Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre on July 23.
The “good-time Sally of salacious song and story will tantalise, titillate and may even traumatise you” in her riotously risqué, vividly vulgar 7.30pm show, The Greatest Ho On Earth.
Accompanied by a retro groovy soundtrack, a Lady Bunny performance finds her shimmying between racy rapid-fire jokes, stinging social commentary, one-line zingers, self-deprecating snorts and her trademark potty-mouthed pop song parodies.
“My humour is outrageous, my look is over the top, and my politics are in your face. That’s just the way I am,” she says.
Born Jon Ingle on August 13 1962 in Wilmington, North Carolina, she performed originally as Bunny Hickory Dickory Dock.
At 60, this New York City drag icon, jet-set DJ, actor, comedian, recording artist, podcaster and event organiser is as famous for her bouffant style and naughty wit as for her ability to get a dancefloor jumping.
In “frosted lips, double false eyelashes and pounds of paint beneath a thunderhead of blonde wigs”, she is a familiar face from RuPaul’s Drag Race – RuPaul was once her roommate – and her MC duties at the LGBT prom in an episode of Sex And The City.
A Manhattan gal since the early 1980s, Lady Bunny co-founded and hosted Wigstock, the annual New York City Labor Day outdoor drag festival that ran for nearly 20 years.
She tours constantly, from Cincinnati to Los Angeles, Buenos Aires to Sydney, Marrakesh to Scarborough. She has shared the stage or screen with Joan Rivers, Bea Arthur, Chaka Khan, Grace Jones and Christina Aguilera.
After such one-woman shows as That Ain’t No Lady!, Trans-Jester, Pig In A Wig and Clowns Syndrome, here comes The Greatest Ho On Earth.
After her Scarborough performance, she will host an exclusive Meet & Greet with Lady Bunny in the SJT bar. Show tickets cost £25; post-show tickets, an additional £20, on 01723 370541 or at sjt.uk.com.
“Whatever happens, Lady Bunny’s here to show you a good time and you’ll be happy you came,” the show publicity promises.
Six facts about Lady Bunny
Recorded two duets with RuPaul, Throw Ya Hands Up and Lick it Lollipop.
In New York City, she DJs the Disco Sundays tea dance at The Monster.
Performed original music and commentary in The Tyranny Of Consciousness (The Waning Of Justice), an installation by pioneering video artist Charles Atlas at the 2017 Venice Biennale.
New York City home décor guru Jonathan Adler designed a Lady Bunny pitcher. “My mug’s on a jug!” she says.
Photographed by Andy Warhol and fashion photographers Francesco Scavullo, Mario Testino, Ellen Von Unwerth and Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin.
Interviewed Scarlett Johansson, Marc Jacobs, Anohni (of Antony And The Johnsons) and Leigh Bowery for bygone gay fanzine Pansy Beat.