Life’s a Drag

Based on the title of this post, you may have drawn the conclusion that I’m in a bad mood today. Well it’s quite the opposite. I meant drag as in drag queen, you sillypuss! What if you could live your entire life as a drag queen?

What a spectacle that would be.

I’ve always been fascinated by drag queens. As a young boy growing up in Australia I learned early on about the art of female impersonation. Drag shows are very popular in the major cities (especially Sydney) and it is not all that taboo for straight couples to go to dinner and a show. My first immersion into drag queen performances came with the 1994 Australian film, “The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.” I was 12 and attending an all-boys school; but this utterly hilarious, over-the-top and unforgettable movie changed my life. It was equal parts ridiculous and poignant, offering a glimpse into the lives and mindsets of three gay men (who just happened to be stars in the Sydney drag circuit) traveling by bus across the Australian desert to perform at a remote casino . While helping me understand that gay people were more than glitter and dresses, it also sparked a pension for spotlights and a morbid fear of ping-pong balls…

It comes as no surprise then that one of my favorite books (a memoir) titled, “I Am Not Myself These Days” explores the sordid double life of a advertising professional slash drag queen struggling to survive in NYC in the 1990s. I highly recommend. So, in honor of International Pinch a Drag Queen Day (I kinda made that up) I leave you with a quote and a clip. A quote from author Josh Kilmer-Purcell and a clip of the grand finale performance from Priscilla (with a few other random scenes spliced in).

“I am not an alcoholic. I’m a social catalyst. People pay me to illustrate for other partygoers the chemical process involved in transforming from one persona into another drunker, more fun one. It’s a matter of going from dull point A to exciting point B. And I’m a raving success at it. So successful that sometimes I wind up at Mysterious Point C.”
— Josh Kilmer-Purcell (I Am Not Myself These Days: A Memoir)

140 or Less

I’ve done it! The gayest tweet of all time. A summary of gaydom in 140 characters or less. #WERQ

Fly North to Pittsburgh

If you’ve read my post Here Come the Furries, you’ll already be familiar with Antrocon, the world’s largest furry convention held in the smarmy steel capital, Pittsburgh. The 2010 conference is happening this June and is only $45 to attend! If it was in Philadelphia I’d be there for sure. It’s pronounced “yiff” not “yinz” sheesh!

Here is a beautiful, short film I’ve painstakingly created to show how — like a caterpillar becomes a butterfly — I would find my way to Anthrocon 2010:

I’d also like to direct your attention to this “what is a furry” one-pager they’ve put together. The best line, “A large number of furry fans are employed in the scientific or technical fields.”

No. shit.


Bride of Claykie

Just when you thought Chucky couldn’t get any more terrifying… BLAMO!!

Happy 1st Anniversary

Yeehaw!! Today marks the ONE YEAR anniversary of Act Normal! How exciting. Special thanks to me for writing every post, me for thinking up the content for every post, me for finding the pictures and videos to put in every post, YOU for reading the posts that I wrote and to the people of the world for continuing to act like the crazy, moronic, emphatic, glittery, wonderful, insane, unpredictable, troglodytes they are!

Over the past year we’ve seen some surprising stats for the blog (at least I was surprised, being the site’s most loyal reader)

67, 240 total visitors

180 visitors per day (on average)

8,244 visitors in October 2009 (our most popular month)

1,097,345 LOLs (an average of 31,352 LOLs per post!)

The most popular posts are Here Come the Furries and Urkel = Hipster Fashion God… weirdos.

So, in conclusion: screw hipsters, watch out for mean girls, gay is good, keep yiffing, wear teal, yes you did that, and happy iced to see you time!

Keep acting “normal”

Rob

Sixteen Years

A lot can happen in 16 years: A child can grow to get their license; inventions like the internet can completely transform the way we communicate; polar bears can lose their homes; and musical divas can flush their singing careers down the toilet like an empty bag of crack [is whack] cocaine…

It pains me to write this, but in 16 years the former goddess, Whitney Houston, has: smoked 16,000 light bulbs; broken every mirror in Los Angeles, helped develop a new line of vacuums with her patented, “Dyson snorting method”, and permanently lost her voice from repeatedly yelling “BOBBAAAAAAYY.”

What a difference 16 years can make. Disagree? Below are two performances of her smash hit, “I  Will Always Love You.” The first, an incredible performance at the 1994 Grammys, and second a recent live performance in Brisbane, Australia.

1994

2010

The moral of this story: UGHHH damnit, Whitney I loooved you!!!! :”'(

Movie Magic

Today marks the 4th year I’ve had to endure (blissfully of course) a shared life with my film producer (and editor) boyfriend. In honor of him I have scoured the YouTubes to find the five best re-cut movie trailers. These talented editorial visionaries use the tricks of movie magic to completely re-imagine the tone and subject of a film. It’s amazing how even the simplest changes like music and timing can make a big impact.

Without further delay:

5. Ten Things I Hate About Commandments

That Moses is soooo dreamy!

4. Brokeback to the Future

It was an experiment in time, but the one variable they forgot… was love.

3. Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory [of Torture]

The strawberries taste like strawberries. But the snozberries taste like… DEATH.

2. Mrs. Doubtfire

All he wanted was to see his family together one last time.

1. Scary Mary Poppins

Now listen, children, never judge a book by its cover.