Thursday, December 24, 2015
Monday, December 21, 2015
January 9 at L’Etage, Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA (December 16, 2015) – It’s been one year since Pissi Myles debuted “What Makes Me Pissi,” a monthly cabaret at L’Etage in Philadelphia. Combining song, dance, comedy, and audience participation, the show is known for its talented, humorous hostess and notable guest performers, and is usually performing to sold out crowds. To celebrate the momentous one-year anniversary, Pissi Myles is gagging to announce her special guest for the January performance, drag superstar, Lady Bunny. Following the show, VIP ticket-holders are invited to attend a meet-and-greet with Lady Bunny and Pissi Myles.
“The drag fans in Philadelphia love PASSIONATELY,” says Pissi Myles, “and it’s rewarding to see familiar faces return each month to my show. I’m honored that Lady Bunny will be lighting up our stage in January. She’s legendary in the drag world and offers true artistry. It will be an amazing show. I hope our guests are ready to be shocked and offended—and not just by the smell of my tights!”
Multi-talented drag artist Lady Bunny is a successful comedian, DJ, actress, singer-songwriter, and most famously the emcee and creator of Wigstock, the day-long festival of drag and music which entertained New Yorkers for over 20 years. Lady Bunny has shared the stage with Joan Rivers, Bea Arthur, Grace Jones, Margaret Cho, and many more. Past “What Makes Me Pissi” guests have included New York’s infamous Bob the Drag Queen, Glam Award winner Marti Gould Cummings, and drag icon Sherry Vine.
Tickets for the one-year anniversary of What Makes Me Pissi with Lady Bunny can be purchased at http://bit.ly/pissibunny. The show starts at 8pm on January 9 at L’Etage Nightclub in Philadelphia. Doors open at 7pm. A meet and greet will be offered to VIP ticket holders following the show.
ABOUT PISSI MYLES
Pissi Myles, cycle 4 winner of Philly Drag Wars and Best Drag Hostess at the Beacon Light Awards, is an accomplished comedian and Philadelphia audience favorite. In addition to What Makes Me Pissi, she continues to produce her one “woman” show, Boys Will Be Girls at Albatross Bar in Astoria, NY, and makes guest appearances throughout NYC, Philadelphia, and NJ. For more information, including bookings, images, and video, visit pissimyles.com
ABOUT LADY BUNNY
Lady Bunny is a drag queen, nightclub DJ, promoter, and founder of the annual Wigstock event. Bunny began her career alongside RuPaul, and has appeared in movies such as Too Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar, and Wigstock: The Movie. She’s also appeared on three seasons of RuPaul’s Drag U. She is known for her bawdy mix of potty-mouthed humor, zany, Laugh-In-style joke routines, and x-rated pop parodies. For more information, including bookings, images, and merchandise, visit ladybunny.net
“What Makes Me Pissi” Drag Cabaret with Pissi Myles and special guest Lady Bunny
Saturday, January 9, 8pm (doors open 7pm)
L’Etage Nightclub, 624 Bainbridge Street, Philadelphia, (215) 592-0656 $25 (general admission); $35 VIP (includes meet and greet)
Tickets online at http://bit.ly/pissibunny
The Drag Enthusiast:
Saturday, December 19, 2015
Thursday, December 10, 2015
With a perfect balance of beauty, camp, and offensive humor, Mia E Z'Lay is literally the life of the party. She spends hours preparing for performances and sewing together her own outfits and has spent a few years working on perfecting her craft. Her brightly colored hair, a one of a kind paint, curves for the gawds, and quick wit is sure to win the hearts of several audience members who witness her performances onstage.
1. Who is Mia E Z'Lay?
Mia is a character that is just an extension of who I am. She is funny, weird, punk, political, and a bit crazy. I want Mia to be funny and colorful, while at the same time showing a punk and political statement. I love the play on gender and creating a character who I can push social boundaries with.
2. When and why did you begin doing drag?
I started preparing to do drag in Fall of 2012. Making hip pads, practicing makeup, etc. I came out as Mia and started drag officially in January 2013.
I’m actually pretty reserved and get nervous very easily beforehand. I wanted to try out drag and I’m also that idiot who believes in superstitions and such. So I told myself if the Mayans were wrong and the world didn’t end 12/21/12 I would become a drag queen.
3. How did you come up with your drag name?
The first name Mia is based off a character from a Game Boy Advance game called "Golden Sun". I wanted a pun and finally somehow decided on being called Mia Elizabeth Z’Lay, but if you have $20 you can call me Mia E Z’Lay for short. Haha jokes!
4. What is something not many people know about you?
-I’m a power top.
-I have around 40-50 piercings
-I’ve had unnaturally colored hair for about 10 years
One of those is a lie ;)
5. What is the most misunderstood thing about being a drag performer in your opinion?
My humor sometimes. I have very demotivational and offensive humor and sometimes it can be taken wrong. It’s hard for me to fathom the idea. I’m a gay man dressed in female garbs with crazy makeup and hair and I am a loving person. Mia makes offensive jokes towards everyone, similar to Lisa Lampanelli. The jokes are meant to make people laugh, but also think. If we do not look back on our history, we are doomed to repeat it. I think it’s important to talk about social injustices and keep them in our thoughts, even if it’s through a pun.
6. What sort of struggles have you faced being a drag performer?
Issues with my TBI and depression. Drag is a lot of work if you want to do it constantly. I get overworked and overstressed easily, so I try to prioritize and organize as much as I can in order to do shows. Overall, with all the struggles and issues, drag has been wonderful and I have had a lot of positivity come out of it. My grandmother, sister, and my father all come to my shows and it has brought me closer to them.
7. Where do you get your inspiration from?
Divine is a big inspiration. Please refer to my eyebrows! Jessicka Fodera from Jack Off Jill has been a huge inspiration for me.
8. How long does it usually take you to make your own outfits?
O jeez. It depends. I can make a pin up dress or bodysuit in an hour or two. If it’s something I haven’t done or am experimenting with, it can get crazy. I really love sewing so I just kind of dive in and go until I’m done or exhausted.
9. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I hope to continue to be doing Drag. I also want to expand my abilities in fashion and costuming. So hopefully somewhere filled with makeup and fabric!
10. What is something you wish to change about the drag community and why?
I think that people should do what they can to explore different styles and also know as much as they can. Always growing and improving. Know where drag started, what it means to be a drag family, and constantly evolve. I think it’s important to know how and why you are able to dress up, when some are unable to express themselves.
11. What is your favorite thing about being a drag performer?
The people I meet who understand my weird ways or have taken something I have said or done to help themselves. I have had issues in the past with depression and came out about my suicidal thoughts recently. I got a lot of messages of thanks or people who wanted to talk and share their own experiences. It means so much to me that I was able to help in some way. It’s hard with depression because even in a room full of people who love you, sometimes you feel alone. In the end I want people who feel the same to know that it can and will get better.
12. How long does it take you to get ready for a typical performance?
I can do my makeup in about 45 minutes to an hour or so, normally before a show. I usually pack for the show the day before, as to not forget things. If I pack before doing makeup I usually forget corsets and important things.
13. What is your favorite number you've ever done? Any specific reason?
My favorite numbers are either my Workout Mix or doing Don’t Cha. Workout is a number where I tell a story of being overweight and just wanting to fit in, but dealing with struggles of constant exercise and diet to no avail and in the end I take my shirt off to reveal my fat gut and finish the song going nuts and accepting my weight and body for who I am. Don’t Cha is also really fun because I act a hot mess while in very revealing clothing. It’s a funny idea to think that don’t cha wish your girlfriend was hot like me when I’m a trainwreck, but at the same time the cheers and applause are for me for me and not for being the ideal body or weight.
14. You're stranded on a completely deserted island, what 3 things would you need to have with you if you could choose?
The Sims 3 with all the trimmings, Dark Chocolate, and my Jew gold.
15. What is the best advice you could give someone just starting as a drag performer?
Don’t stick to one style. Don’t follow the crowd. Don’t settle for good or pretty. Always believe in yourself and strive to improve and move forward constantly. Also, buy one of my shirts at www.teepublic.com/user/miaezlay
It won’t help with drag, but I love shameless promotion!