One of my favorite Chelsea Lately roundtable regulars, Fortune Feimster, is performing this Thursday through Saturday at Philly’s Helium Comedy Club. The out lesbian took some time to chat with me on the phone before flying in this week. We gabbed about what it’s like being a lesbian in the comedy game, working with Tina Fey on the recently (and unfortunately) canned Cabot College, and she even weighs in on the recent attacks that happened in Center City, sharing what she does to stay positive when life gets a little too heavy.
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Last week, talk show queen Wendy Williams touched down in Philadelphia on the first stop of her “How You Doin, America” tour. While here, she co-hosted Good Day, took a tour of some of our sights, and sat down with me at the Fox 29 studios for a one-on-one interview.
We dished about the gay (and local!) roots of her most famous catch phrase and why she loves our fair city before finishing up with a rapid-fire Q&A that let her open up about everyone from Nicki Minaj to Drake to Kim and Kanye. See how Ms. Williams is doin’ in the video below.
I caught up with Season 6 RuPaul’s Drag Race queen Darienne Lake this weekend just before she went on stage to perform at Axis nightclub in Columbus, Ohio. I didn’t have a lot of time with her, so I went into the interview thinking I’d do a quick “5 Questions With Darienne Lake” kind of thing. But as Chatty Cathies are wont to do, we got sidetracked gabbing about everything from getting kicked out of her house for being gay as a teen to the real reason she got a little cranky in the Untucked Lounge that one time.
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Photos of by Magnus Hastings
Australian dynamo Courtney Act (aka Shane Jenek) comes to Philly this week to perform with fellow Drag Race contestants in the RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 6 Cast Party at Voyeur. I caught up with the living Barbie doll on the phone this week to see how life’s been treating her post-Drag Race, her thoughts on the “she-male” controversy, and why she’s so damn mean to Joslyn Fox.
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Bensalem-bred singer-songwriter Christina Perri comes back home this weekend to perform songs from her new album, Head Or Heart, at the Electric Factory. Ticket gabbed with the “Human” songstress about everything from growing up in the Philly burbs, her 70 (!) tattoos, and how she can’t wait to get home to see her “big ass South Philly Italian family.”
Q&A after the jump
Filmmaker Mike Flanagan has an all-too-appropriate hometown. The horror director, whose previous film Absentia, about a missing husband and an eerie tunnel, earned numerous awards on the festival circuit, spent a good deal of his seminal years in Salem, Mass., home of the infamous witch trials. His new film, Oculus, concerns an evil antique mirror and a pair of terrified siblings who have sworn to destroy it after it laid waste to their family. He recently met with Ticket, along with co-producers Trevor Macy and Jason Blum, to discuss the film, and the nature of things that go bump into the night.
Our Q&A with Mike Flanagan after the jump
Standup comedian Rob Delaney performed an electrifying, sold-out set at the Trocadero on Friday. Before he went on stage, though, I had a chance to chat with him in his dressing room, where I found him practically main-lining pizza and Coke. Delaney’s humor hinges on his enthusiasm for all things disgusting and weird, so I took a cue, shooting him some of the oddest questions I could think of. Here’s how things went down:
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Miami-based DJ Tracy Young — most known for spinning Madonna and Guy Richie’s wedding party in 2000, and (sorry, Tracy) being the woman who briefly turned Kim Zolciak bisexual on Real Housewives of Atlanta — is coming to Philadelphia this weekend to spin the second go-round of Bruce Yelk’s new bi-weekly rager, bi at Sundown. In anticipation, I called her up one day to ask her 15 quick, fun questions. In the course of about 20 minutes I learned that she’s nuts for Miley Cyrus, not so nuts for Gaga, and, heads up, ladies, she’s single and open to mingling.
Interview after the jump
On Thursday, PhilaMOCA is screening Del Shores’ Southern Baptist Sissies, the coming-of-age tale about four gay choir boys growing up in a church in the South. The film stars Leslie Jordan, the adorable, country-bumpkin dynamo who’s stolen scenes — and our gay hearts — in everything from Sordid Lives and Will & Grace to, most recently, American Horror Story: Coven (AHS), where he held his own alongside the likes of Jessica Lange and Francis Conroy.
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For months now, Julie Winokur, producer and co-founder of Talking Eyes Media, has been traveling the country to talk to real Americans about what they think about everything from gay marriage to taxes and abortion in a special web series Bring it to the Table. In case you’re wondering where the title comes from, Winokur literally brings a table with her to get a sense of what people really think about some of the most hot-button issues of our time.
Here’s an example:
Can you be religious and support gay marriage? from Talking Eyes Media on Vimeo.