Guess who stopped by Monday Night Bingo last night and helped call a game?

Here’s a hint:  He’s the lead singer of one of my absolute favorite bands of all time.

Give up?   The answer is Fred Schneider of the B-52s!  He was on hand to promote his new holiday album, Destination… Christmas!, which he recorded with his other band, The Superions.  (Chip Duckett of Spin Cycle PR brought him by!)

Schneider & Simpson

Wow!  Back during my formative years in Minnesota, I listed to the B-52s’ very first album about a million times in a row.

Rock Lobster!

I’m forever grateful to Fred and his cohorts for providing so much of my youthful soundtrack.  It was truly an  honor to have him stop by!

I read that Paris Hilton never wears the same outfit twice.  One wearing and it’s banished forever.

I am unlike Paris.  I recycle my clothing again and again, and its not just because I don’t have a heiress-worthy bank account.  Darling, any fashionable gal knows that it’s chic to have a wardrobe consisting of favorite items rather than a bunch of disposables.

Here I am in 1995 at the premiere of To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar, with my friend Lola who made my dress.  (We both had crucial roles as, uh, extras.)

At the Ziegfeld Theatre

And here I am last night, in the same dress, in front of the Edison Ballroom, which is right by where I live.  I’m not sure what was going on there, but I couldn’t resist the red carpet.

Isn't NYC glamorous?

I swear I’m wearing new underwear!

(Bottom photo by Shaquanda Coca Mulatta)

From the looks of the calendar, today is my friend Richard’s birthday.

We’re former neighbors—For many years we lived next to each other on East 13th Street in adjoining (and crumbling) tenement buildings.  Soon after we met, circa 1992, I cast him as my son(!) in a comedy that I wrote called “Mother Knows Best,” which debuted at glamorous Dick’s Bar and then moved to the Pyramid Club.

It was very nutty.  I portrayed a single mother, with Richard as my rebellious teenager who gets a secret job at a strip club.  Faux Pas was my whiny neighbor and Flloyd was the club’s sleazy owner.

From left: Faux Pas, Richard, Me, Flloyd

The climax featured me and Richard in a energetic bump-and-grind—until I realize his true identity!


Happy Birthday, Richard!  Are we too old for a revival?  NO!!!

P.S.  Check out Richard and his boyfriend Mark’s great East Village Store, Love Shine!

I’m back from my London jaunt.

Mission accomplished!  I was brought over to host Bingo for The Dirty Digest, a TV pilot for Channel 4, and the response was ultra positive!

John Noel Management, which produced the show, rented an old-fashion party room (under a Catholic Church!) and filmed the show in front of a charged-up audience (There were free drinks!).

Ever seen Chelsea Lately on E!, starring comedian Chelsea Handler?  The Dirty Digest offers a similar format, with the host—funny girl Michelle De Swarte—dishing and dissecting pop culture with a trio of smart alecks.

From left: Michelle De Swarte, Dan Schreiber, AJ, Eddie Kadi

During the show, the cameras would cut to me and my ball-calling cohort Murray Hill on a side stage as we hosted Bingo and offered sensational and hilarious quips.  (Well, at least I did… Kidding!  Murray’s grunts were somewhat amusing.)   Chelsea has her sidekick, Chuy—Michelle has us.

Do we have a winner?

The powers-that-be seemed quite pleased with the entire project.  So who knows—Maybe the show will get commissioned and down the road I’ll be spending more time in dear London towne.  I would love it!

Whatever happens, it was an awesome experience.   Many, many thanks to the production team and everyone at John Noel Management, including John himself, Dan Gray(!!!!), Amber, Alice, Andrew, Bubbles, Laura, Nova, Adam, Kerrie… I hope I’m not forgetting anyone!.  And, most of all, thanks to Michelle for recommending me!!!

"Dirty" hugging!

And beyond that… Thanks to the little “lady” who introduced me to Michelle, our mutual NYC friend Shaquanda Coca Mulatta (who appeared on the show via Skype).   She lit the fire!

Thanks, Shaquanda!

More pix at my Facebook page.