BITCH SALAD, Friday (June 27), Buddies in Bad Times
You might not recognize Drew Droege if you pass him on the street. But chances are you've seen his viral videos as indie icon Chloë Sevigny, in which he makes deadpan pronouncements about fashion and art. After a legendary appearance at Andrew Johnston's Bitch Salad several years ago, Droege returns in a lineup that includes Katherine Ryan (a Sarnia native now living in the UK), Stephanie Tolev, the Cheeto Girls (whose musical numbers are always a highlight) and rising star Aisha Alfa, among others. See listing.
What does WorldPride mean to you?
Freedom to be whatever, do whatever, love whoever. It's important to remember our history and those who fought for us just to exist. It also means "vodka."
Beginning with the words "In a world..." can you pitch your show/act as a movie trailer?
"In a world where one struggling sketch comedian can make a puddle imitating the ‘it girl' of indie cinema and haute couture, Drew Droege does his best."
What song has the potential to be a Pride anthem?
I'm actually a huge fan of Sam Smith's Stay With Me - it's about the importance of human connection, even if for just a moment. Also can we just bring back Shoop, by Salt-N-Pepa, and call that a Pride anthem? I'm certainly proud of that.
Pride weekend must-have accessories?
Gloss, gloss, gloss!
Best queer-related piece of news of 2014?
All these gay athletes coming out every day and their teams' acceptance of them. Play ball! I think that's what they say.
You recently parodied it in a Funny Or Die segment called Not Looking. What do you predict happens in season two of HBO's Looking?
Patrick gets drafted into the military, but not before he stages a rockin' luau in Doris's restaurant. Dom gets kidnapped by his evil twin, Dob. Agustín contracts the rage virus and tries to turn Frank into a zombie, but he's just not having it. Kevin is now played by an animated goat. Just my predictions.
What's your fantasy green room rider?
Furious dancers, endangered tigers, a cracked mirror and a cheese plate.
And your actual rider?
Please make sure the broom closet is de-loused before I have to change in it.
Message to couples taking part in June 26's mass gay wedding?
Dancing is more important than children. Buckle up, sweets!
How is your Pride weekend different from Chloë Sevigny's?
Well, I for one will not be atop a dromedary in the chilled waters of the Euphrates alongside Helen Lasichanh, Carey Lowell and Dion Phaneuf, feasting upon chilled panko and horror meat. But I will see you on the dance floor.