When I think about Lady Bunny some fabulous memories come back from my coming out in New York City, but the ones that leap to the front are the years I attended Wig Stock and how much fun I had, oh the story’s I can tell! Although we weren’t in the same group of friends
When I think about Lady Bunny some fabulous memories come back from my coming out in New York City, but the ones that leap to the front are the years I attended Wig Stock and how much fun I had, oh the story’s I can tell! Although we weren’t in the same group of friends, Lady Bunny and I attended a lot of the same events and we reminisced about New York in our Heyday as I sat down with her for this exclusive Hotspots interview.
When was the first time you thought about female impersonation?
I kind of lived in drag as a child as it was the 60’s and 70’s. I had long hair and feminine features. It was kind of hard to tell I was not a girl. In 1981 at a Halloween competition is the first time I really dressed up in drag.
How did you pick your name?
There was a comic book called Bunny, queen of the in crowd that I collected. Also on Gomer Pyle there was a character named bunny and it kind of came together.
Where was the first time you were on stage?
As a child in the first grade I was a snake charmer (and I have charmed quite a few since then). The first time I performed as Lady Bunny I was with RuPaul in Atlanta in 1983.
Where do you get your inspiration to write your parodies/songs?
Other Drag Queens who are funnier than me…LOL! Seriously a song is just so popular that I have to write a parody about it.
You have done drag performances, parodies, DJing, and Acting. Is there one you like the best?
For me the key to enjoying my job is the variety of what I do, so I love them all. Variety is definitely the spice of life for me.
Wigstock was such a big part of my Gay life coming out in New York City that I cannot do this interview without asking how you started Wigstock and how it progressed over the years.
It had a humble start in Thomson Square Park and got my bigger over the years. The Pyramid bar was my home town bar and I saw so much good drag there that I started thinking that these performers need a bigger stage to perform on. The event grew beyond my wildest dreams and ran for a little over 20 years.
Last night (June 18) was the party, in New York City, for HBO’s “The Out List” (premieres on HBO Thursday, June 27) in which you were interviewed. How exciting was that?
It was very exciting as I think I am the least well known cast member. I was humbled to be included and was so happy that the audience reacted to what I had to say.
Your new song “Take Me Up high” is being hailed as this summer’s Anthem. How did this song come about and how excited are you with the incredible reviews?
I am excited because people don’t really know that I write music and that I really sing live. This song is a way to show a new side of me and I have been very encouraged by the reviews. Songwriting and singing is my passion so I had to go for it as I wanted to live my dream!
Tell me about the man behind Lady Bunny?
He’s Fat! Bunny keeps him busy running her errands and totting her wigs and costumes around. Since he is not the bread winner of the family he is definitely a second class citizen and Bunny is the diva!
Describe Lady Bunny in 5 words?
Outrageous, slutty, Colorful, Raunchy and Hilarious
What does the future hold for Lady Bunny?
I would be very happy to continue doing what I have been doing for 25 years. I really love it!
Catch Lady Bunny on her Florida tour. She will be at Village Pub in Wilton Manors on Tuesday, July 2 and Thursday, 4th at Pulse in Orlando on Wednesday, July 3 and at Splash Bar in Panama City on Saturday, July 6th.