The Other Show closes the year and another chapter this Christmas

Even in a city full of contenders, Edie Cheezburger’s one-of-a-kind stable of queens stand out. Who better to camp up the Q Christmas issue than the cast of the Other Show? Nobody better, that’s who.

As cast members turns looks on the following pages for contributing photographer Jon Dean, we check in with each one about plans for a queer holiday and a queer New Year as they embark into unknown territory leaving their most recent home at Midtown Tavern.

Photos and interviews by Jon Dean

 

 

 

Edie Cheezburger 

@ediecheezburger

What are your favorite queer holiday traditions?

Spending the holiday with my chosen family. Surrounding myself with people who love and uplift me is the best possible way to spend my time. 

Favorite holiday song?

“Jingle Bells” by Barbra Streisand and “Mele Kalikimaka” by Bette Midler

What do you want for Christmas?

A cure for AIDS/HIV

What motivates you to perform?

I love giving people something different in their lives, bringing them out of their comfort zone and making them laugh. I also am really motivated by the difference I can create in the community. 

Tell us about your experience with The Other Show?

Creating this show has been the best moment of my life, and I am so proud of every cast member that has contributed to the show. We have a long line of really talented individuals who have gone above and beyond expectations. I am sad we’ve lost our home for now, but looking forward to what the future may hold.

What’s next for you? 

I perform at Lips every Wednesday for Twisted Broadwayand every Saturday night for Taboo, and Blake’s every Sunday for Super Sized Sundays.

 

Molly Rimswell

@mollyrimswell

What are your favorite queer holiday traditions?

Dinners with chosen family are my favorite parts of the holiday season. I like to bond over food.

Favorite holiday song?

“Silver Bells” by Elvis Presley or “Hard Candy Christmas” by Dolly Parton

What do you want for Christmas?

Makeup? I'm really easy to please. I'm just flattered that someone thought enough to get me a present.

What motivates you to perform?

Is “everything” an appropriate answer? I love the costumes, the choreography and the thought that must go into number. I also love the connections that I get to make with people in my community. I've found a family, and I love that performing has helped me find these people.

Tell us about your experience on the cast of The Other Show.

For me, joining the cast has been one of my biggest accomplishments in my career. The Other Show is the very first drag show that I have ever witnessed. It changed my life, so to be working with such esteemed entertainers has been so exciting. 

I try to ask as many questions as I can about drag and their experience so I can grow. I try really hard not to fangirl about it, but I'll let Edie decide if I am successful there or not.

What’s next for you? 

There are web projects, photoshoots and a pageant in the works for 2019. You can find me in every dumpster hurling trash at people for fun, or you can come to any of the following: Mary's every first Saturday and fourth Thursday, Church every first Thursday, and anywhere else that will tolerate my annoying beard.

 

Taejah Thomas

@taejah.thomas

What are your favorite holiday traditions?

I’m Southern-born and Baptist raised, so I try to keep in tradition in how I was raised just to honor some if not all the things my grandmother has instilled in me. She was my everything.

Favorite holiday song?

"Let It Snow" by Boys to Men. It was released in 1993. I was 13 at the time, and I've loved, loved it since.

What do you want for Christmas?

Some time to just relax. Nothing money can buy, just some time to think about the good, bad and great of 2018. Drink a glass of wine and get a plan together on how I'm gonna be greater in 2019.

What motivates you to perform?

The enjoyment of my fans, friends and family. It’s not about the money — No one is obligated to tip —but about giving the people a great show knowing I gave them what they came for.

Tell us about your experience with The Other Show?

The Other Show has taught me to not just be a "glam entertainer" but challenged me to be more creative, think outside the box and be able to take risks. Knowing it’s not only for comedy, but showing me it’s OK to wear a penis hat on your head and know the fans not only love it but find it entertaining.

What’s next for you? 

All I know is wherever there's a stage, screaming gays and lights, I'll be there spinning, turning, kicking and giving them life. You can find me at Ten on Saturdays with the Fantasy Girls and Sundays for Marys and Mimosas. There's a new place opening on Sunday nights that I'm looking to start working (Keep your fingers crossed), and I'll be wherever The Other Show lands.

 

Jaye Lish

@mynameisjayelish

What are your favorite queer holiday traditions?

Watching Invasion Christmas Carol at Dad’s Garage is always a treat. You get a splash of bizarre mixed with a classic story.

Favorite holiday song?

Vince Guaraldi’s A Charlie Brown Christmasalbum gives me the feels.

What do you want for Christmas?

A hippopotamus. 

What motivates you to perform?

The connection. Sometimes it’s a song, a costume, the audience or the backstage magic. It’s a sisterhood of traveling wigs. Sometimes it’s the last thing I want to do with my day and the only thing that makes a day good, all balled up into one. Drag isn’t easy. If it was, everyone would do it.

Tell us about your experience with The Other Show?

It has been a very special journey. It's sort of like Frankenstein, and Edie is the doctor. It's a sum of its parts. We are either met with cheers or pitchforks, but either way it's a good story.

What’s next for you? 

I'll be at the Armorettes' reunion show in January. Edie, Other Show alumna Miami Royale and I have something special planned. We were all Armorettes together. Aside from that, I'll be around.

 

Orchid 

@ficklefleur

What are your favorite queer holiday traditions?

I absolutely love getting together with my close friends Matt and Kevin Robertson and helping them decorate their tree. Matt and I have made it a tradition to take down all the decorations Christmas Day and drag the tree to the curb… or the neighbor's curb. BYE CHRISTMAS! We like New Year's better anyway. We’ve been spending New Year’s Eve in a cabin, and we have the best time cooking, drinking, and decorating barbies in all kinds of crazy crafts. We ritualistically burn them in a fire to ring in the New Year.

Favorite holiday song?

“The Nutcracker Suite” by Tchaikovsky

What do you want for Christmas?

Gareth Pugh 

What motivates you to perform?

The thrill of bringing an idea to life is incredible. I don't buck and kick and flip, so I do my best to bring the audience a concept. A bit of nostalgia, comedy, drama and a fashion moment are how I like to entertain.

Tell us about your experience on the cast of The Other Show.

The Other Show is actually what inspired me to want to start drag. I always loved fashion, costuming, dressing up, and as a young child could not get enough of Rupaul's 1996 album Foxy Lady. However, it wasn't until The Other Show when I saw drag being pushed conceptually that I considered it could be a path I was interested in taking. I've admired the show for so long, it feels like kismet to be on cast now. Things have a way of coming full circle. 

What’s next for you? Where else can we see you perform?

You can catch me guesting at Mary's, Ten and MSR occasionally. For anyone who is down to travel, you can see me, Tammy Whynot, Mitzi Pennington, Anita Cox and Thierry Meisel in our monthly Nashville show She Hawat Third Coast Comedy Club.

 

Keep your eyes peeled for The Other Show in 2019:

facebook.com/TheOtherShow

This feature originally ran in Q magazine. Read the full issue below.

 

 

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