Offensive Is Just Another Word For Funny
"If you are easily offended, stay HOME."– Charlie Hides
by RAYMOND HELKIO
There's a lot to look forward to with the coming season of RuPaul's Drag Race. Take Charlie Hides, dubbed the "man of many faces" he's as known for his impersonations as he is for his eccentric wit. If you've watched his wildly funny YouTube Channel then you know that Hides is entertainment gold and being from the UK where drag queens are more likely to sing live he's a talent to be reckoned with. While no spring chicken to drag, Charlie remains the oldest contestant in Drag Race herstory and arguably the most experienced.
Back home, Hides is doing a residency at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern (UK) a sought after LGBTQ community space. Having survived through RDR's Lipsync For Your Lives with a cracked rib he is set to bring his brand of drag to Toronto with Charlie Hides + A Dozen Divas at Buddies In Bad Times Theatre. The touring show will make your face hurt from laughter but it's his stamina and perseverance that will ultimately win you over.
In a recent interview, Charlie told My Gay Toronto that the most challenging part of doing a show like this is "the quick changes and keeping it to just twelve divas when there are so many more I want to include. Oh, and figuring out how to do death drops with a plastic hip." When asked about how he got a plastic hip, Charlie explains that he broke it when he tripped "getting into a lifeboat on the Titanic."
According to Charlie, the audience will have a lot to look forward to, "Laughing their asses off. Original songs, Season 9 Tea and politically incorrect observations about pop culture, my family and the daily shit storm of bad judgment, greed, and narcissism coming from the White House. Oh, and at LEAST a dozen celebrity impersonations including, Madonna, Cher, Gaga and Lana Del Rey".
The show is balanced with a more serious offering from Hides, "There's a very serious segment towards the end where I address my experiences in the 80s and 90's, losing most of my peer group to AIDS. The show is an emotional journey, which ends on a high." To keep the fast paced show moving, Hides employs a number of tricks including having costume changes on stage to "keep the momentum going and [keep] that connection with the audience." Note: VIP tickets are sold out.