February 28, 2009


I LOVE THIS! Fantastic delivery and that cheeky accent! But then again I do love a corny punch line. Phil died in 2005, but not before becoming a well-loved pub goddess! More on him at ZAGRIA.BLOGSPOT where I found this youtube clip.



The fabulously flamboyant and witty gay icon Quentin Crisp (who died in 1999 at age 90) gets a party fit for a queen. The lively literary salon includes readings, recollections, and performances by some of Crisp’s most ardent admirers.

The event is produced by Joe Birdsong (owner of the dearly departed bohemian stronghold Rapture Café), in association with curator Phillip Ward and the Quentin Crisp Archives. Proceeds from the event go to funding the archive. (For more information about the archive, visit http://www.crisperanto.org)/.

Hosting the event is drag-queen performer Linda Simpson. The line-up includes celebrity journalist Frank DeCaro, post-modern cabaret singer Adam Dugas (WEIMAR NEW YORK, THE CITIZENS BAND), Anne Hanavan (VOLUPTUOUS HORROR OF KAREN BLACK), East Village musician/playwright Paul Korsinski, veteran vaudevillian-inspired drag artist LAVINIA CO-OP, Verbal Abuse man of letters poet/photographer Bobby Miller, guitarist-songwriter Gordon Gano (of the pioneering folk-punk group VIOLENT FEMMES), Radical Fairie dance troupe Pixie Harlots (LUSTRE), performance artist Amber Martin (Rapture Cafe's WIG SHOP), LGBTQ blogger and activist Eric Leven (knucklecrack.blogspot.com), actor/dancer Jack Ferver (DANCE THEATRE WORKSHOP Studio Series, STRANGERS WITH CANDY), ground-breaking queer latino poet Emanuel Xavier, glam rock musician Paul Bernstein and his WIDE STANCE band ( www.myspace.com/paulbernsteinandhiswidestance), West Village crooner Chris Lowe, erotic poet and blogger Guy Kettelhack. Providing music is DJ Baby K. Door by Hattie Hathaway

The evening also includes screenings of excerpts of film and video starring Mr. Crisp.

Quentin Crisp is the author of the classic—and flamboyantly eccentric—coming-of-age memoir THE NAKED CIVIL SERVANT. The award-winning 1975 film version, starring John Hurt, made him an instant international celebrity. Mr. Hurt reprises the Crisp role in the recently completed movie AN ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK (for which Mr. Hurt just won Best Actor at Berlin's International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival), written by Brian Fillis for Leopardrama and England's ITV. This BBC television biopic is to be released in spring 2009, and will star Denis O'Hare (Phillip Steele, an amalgam of two close friends and confidants of Mr. Crisp: Phillip Ward and Tom Steele), Swoosie Kurtz (Connie Clausen, QC agent), Cynthia Nixon (Penny Arcade, performance artist), and Jonathan Tucker (Patrick Angus, artist). To learn more about the movie, visit: http://www.crisperanto.org/news/AnEnglishmanInNYmovie.html

December 25, 2008 was the centenary of Quentin Crisp's birth and November 21, 2009 is the 10th anniversary of Mr. Crisp's death. In addition, December 21, 2008 marked the 30th anniversary of his first U.S. appearance at The Players Theatre here in New York City. Moreover, in 2009, Mr. Crisp's final book, THE DUSTY ANSWERS, will be published for the very first time. Plus his pink fedora will be on display in London's Victoria and Albert Museum in February through May 2009. These are the many reasons to join and celebrate the life and legend of one of our cultural and literary icons, and hero and mentor to many at large. A party is necessary to celebrate such occasion.

As a fundraiser, the event will provide The Quentin Crisp Archives financial resources to continue maintaining the cataloging, preservation and presentation of materials from Mr. Crisp's very own archives. The fundraiser will also assist in providing another and larger event of performances and exhibition during June's Gay Pride 2009 and a smaller event in November 2009 to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Quentin's death. Allen Ginsberg's Committee on Poetry sponsors The Quentin Crisp Archives as a 501(c) (3) non-profit. The tax number is available. The mission of The Quentin Crisp Archives is to preserve, maintain, and present in exhibitions and online the manuscripts, letters, recordings, artwork by and about, and various artifacts and ephemera related to the life and legend of Quentin Crisp, and to promote his philosophy of individuality, self-acceptance, and tolerance. The Quentin Crisp Archives (crisperanto.org), the official Quentin Crisp web site, which Phillip Ward created in 1999 as executor of his estate, will publicize the centennial celebration via its homepage and mass email alerts. The web site is an integral part of The Quentin Crisp Archives and provides news and information about "All Things Quentin Crisp!"

Saturday, March 7th, from 7 to 10pm. Show starts at 7:30pm.

Santo’s Party House 96 Lafayette St (between Walker and White Sts, 2 blocks below Canal St) Admission: $20


I worked with Quentin on TO WONG FOO, in which he, Suzanne Bartsch, Matthew Kasden (the impresario behind Boybar who now does the gorgeous wigs for MAD TV) and I played judges in the drag pageant which RuPaul wins. (I think--I haven't watched it since it came out to see my split second appearance.) The old dear fell asleep for much of the shooting which I thought was hilarious. Since I was seated next to him, everyone kept telling me to make sure he was awake. I guess it would have made more sense for continuity's sake to wake him, but I figured that since we were playing ourselves, the old-timer would be snoozing if he wasn't working. And those boiling lights for hours didn't exactly perk one up. Plus, he'd been a little offended at my some of my vulgar joking on the set. And while I didn't share his prudishness, I did learn a valuable lesson from watching one of the documentaries on his illustrious life. He explained that it was a gay's duty to be polite to everyone, since we might be the first of our kind that a stranger might be experiencing and we should leave a good them with a pleasant impression. Hardly in line with the IN YOUR FACE attitude popular in the East Village at the time, but I agree that you have to give people a chance--just be ready with that hammer in case you fail to charm them. You know, I'm gonna blow a middle eastern cab driver on my way to Escuelita tonight in Quentin's honor tonight! Hey, at least I have an excuse tonight!



Blogger Unknown said...

So funny. I did extra work for To Wong Foo, that was one of the scenes I was in. I remember Liza was up in the balcony at Webster Hall where we were shooting.

9:24 PM  
Blogger Mitzi said...

Phill Starr what a star! I met her about 10 years ago in Brighton, she kept calling me Maisie! Quentin would have been a lot happier if only he had his adenoids removed.

4:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

we should all blow a cab driver for him..in naked civil servant -the book- he tells how many cab drivers saved him from getting beat up, even though in the movie it only shows the one that kicked him out.

ps i joined that group to get you on facebook, now do it

12:09 AM  

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