Some call Lady Bunny a New York legend. She's certainly a nightlife fixture and enduring multihyphenate, having long since proven her role as a ubiquitous emcee, DJ, performer, and all-around entertainer. Essentially, it boils down to this: If they pay her, she will come. We asked the wise-minded and kind-hearted mistress to share her most treasured holiday moments with us. As you can imagine, we got much, much more than we bargained for.
Favorite Holiday Movie: Christmas in Connecticut is a wonder to behold. It stars Barbara Stanwyck, one of those actresses like Bette Davis who weren't the prettiest, but they were so full of personality that you just can't take your eyes off of them. Kind of like Meryl Streep today, who isn't a conventional beauty but in some roles (like Death Becomes Her) she can actually "act" attractive and you believe her. (I'm dying to master that craft!) In Christmas in Connecticut, Barbara plays a famous food writer who actually can't cook. Her feet get held to the fire when her publisher decides to join her for the holidays and she's forced to come up with not only a sumptuous meal, but a husband and a baby. A delightful departure from holiday schmaltz.
Favorite Album, Song, Music Video: When "O Holy Night," is sung properly, those high notes are thrilling. But of course, my own brand new version of Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You," ends with a few high notes--so get your ear plugs out. I'm sure you'll agree that my demented version knocks the new Mariah/Bieber remake out of the ballpark. Or at least the trailer park! Check it out HERE. I also really like "This Christmas" by Stephanie Mills. Her voice is like an old friend and even rises above the dated DC go-go groove which it's set to. It really does make you wanna snuggle up by a fireplace.
Favorite Fashion Moment: Christmas is about eating sweets and we've barely just left our Thanksgiving troughs. So let's skip fashion and anything fitted or belted until at least April 2013.
Favorite TV Show: RuPaul'sDrag U because it pays me. Note: Rupaul's Drag U is a working title as the series takes shape. I think Lady Bunny's Drag U has a far nicer ring to it, don't you?
Favorite Book:Little Me by Patrick Dennis, the same genius who wrote Auntie Mame: An Irreverent Escapade. It's the faux memoir of a delusional, aging blonde bombshell with no talent who is desperate to make it in show biz. For some odd reason, I really identify with her.
Favorite Play/Musical: I just saw Sister Act on Broadway. I enjoyed the film, but the stage production is loaded with pizzazz. I'm not usually too PG, but I can appreciate family fun when it's this well done.
Favorite Bar: I have never left Twist in Miami Beach without a hot man--or two! Thankfully for me, there is a large blind population in Florida.
Holiday Hate: Gaga's Workshop at Barneys. I was invited to the opening but decided against going when the publicist frowned on my (I thought) hilarious idea of attending it dressed as Mrs. Claus with a note pinned to a knife in my back which read "Thanks, Gaga!" I then thought I'd tell any reporters who would listen how cruel it was to outsource poor Santa's job to a millionaire when seniors have been hit so hard by this recession. Sorry Gaga, but there is nothing Christmas-y about goth fetish gear.
Catch Lady Bunny in That Ain't No Lady! Every Tuesday Night at La Escuelita in New York City.
Photo courtesy of Billy Erb