The drag sensation, known for her parodies of popular music videos ("Born This Way," "On the Floor") and her hilarious regular shows at NYC's Barracuda Bar, is currently prepping for the premiere of her new show She's Living for This--set to premiere February 24 on here! TV.
From what we've seen, viewers are in for a treat: the premiere, which features performance artist Justin Vivian Bond as a guest star, includes comedy sketches, a dance number, and a candid interview with Bond.
To find out more, we caught up with Sherry while she was on her way back from Boston, where she had just screened the premiere of her new show at a fundraiser.
OUT: Did it feel good to see your show on screen?
Sherry: It felt great to see it! At first I was nervous, but people started laughing and responding at the right moments, and we were like, 'OK, we can breathe.'
When did you come up with the idea for the show?
It's funny because Josh [Rosenzwelg]--the co-director--and I have worked together for 20 years... and the first time we met and worked together, he was like, 'Oh my God, one day we have to do a Carol Burnett-type variety show.' And I went, 'Yes!! That's my dream!' And here we are, 20 years later, making it happen. So it's something that we've always talked about. Josh was the one who really created it and put it together, but we started working on it pretty intensely back in August.
Did you draw inspiration from anyone besides Carol Burnett?
I would say Carol Burnett has always been my biggest influence, period--both while I was growing up and now. But we drew inspiration from Sonny and Cher, Donny and Marie [Osmond], all the variety shows of the '70s, and a little bit from the Saturday Night Live skits. A little here, a little there. Then we added our own kind of modern twist to it.
Are you going to stick to the same variety show format all season?
The first three episodes stick to that format, and then we have some tricks up our sleeve. We have some ideas about how to mix it up.
Are you going to include any music video parodies?
In the second episode, it opens with a performance of my parody of Katy Perry's 'Firework' called 'Fire Crotch.' It has dancers and everything. So we're definitely going to do some of the parodies, but it's all going to be stage performances. We're not going to show videos.
Do you have any more guest stars lined up for this season besides Justin Bond?
Oh, yes. Peppermint is in episode two, Joey Arias is in the third episode. And then we're shooting with Cazwell on Monday. I shouldn't say the rest because we haven't shot those episodes yet, but we have some more surprises up our sleeve.
Do you write all of the jokes and sketches yourself, or do you have a staff of writers under you?
Oh God, I wish I had a staff of writers. So far I've done most of the writing, but it goes back and forth. Every one has their own input: I'll write something and send it to [co-director Eric Feldman] for advice, then I'll send it to friends of mine whose input I really appreciate since they're real writers.
What's been your favorite part of shooting so far?
It's hard to say, because it's all so much fun. People always talk about [filming a show] and say, 'Oh, it's a great experience,' but it really is. It's just unreal. Like, when we were shooting the Helen Keller skit, we were laughing and cracking up--it was hard to get through it. It was just so silly. I also love shooting the music numbers with the dancers. And for me it's just great because I'm like, 'I'm finally doing what I've always wanted to do.' I'm on set, and there are cameras, and I'm like, 'Oh, my God it's real!'
If you want to catch the premiere before it airs, you can check it out at NYC's Industry Bar tonigh, February 23. Sherry will be there at 9 PM to host a viewing party!