#134. The Hussy In Me, with Fancy Feast

1 hour, 35 minutes

Released: June 28, 2021
Recorded: May 6, 2021

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Fancy Feast is one of the most beloved neoburlesque entertainers presently working in New York City.  A Miss Coney Island, multi-show producer, emcee, and working showgirl, Fancy Feast started in the field of sex education, having made the move from DC to NYC; soon after, she conquered the stage and even had a full length documentary filmed about her.  Viktor Devonne asks about it all!

The Movies That Made WE (Queer): Paris Is Burning

44 minutes (audio only preview)
2 hours, 11 minutes

Released: June 26, 2021
Recorded: June 8, 2021

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A stunning costume maker and showgirl, Viktor Devonne brings in GiGi Holliday, Soul Erotic, and Lottie Ellington for this Pride Month audio commentary experience of Paris Is Burning, directed by Jennie Livingston, and starring Dorian Corey, Pepper LaBeija, Octavia St. Laurent, and Willi Ninja. In Memory of Venus Xtravaganza and all the upcoming legendary children gone too soon. This is a preview audio edition with full length version available at Patreon.com/WEBurlesque at the Pride Month special of $1 pledge. For this edition, we talk about Walking, Vogue, Family, Pose, Categories, and more.

– The Movies That Made Us (Queer) / The Movies That Made WE is a creation of WEBurlesque Podcast Network, produced by Viktor Devonne

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#133. Category Is Face feat. Corvette Le Face

1 hour, 19 minutes

Released: June 21, 2021
Recorded: March 31, 2021

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Corvette Le Face is a dazzling bombshell living in New York City. Delighting audiences on stage and in film, Viktor Devonne finds out about her experiences in blockbusters like Hustlers (w/ Jennifer Lopez) and Boardwalk Empire on HBO, auditions, living in Venezuela, and idolizing Barbra Streisand.  Seen in Paris, at BHOF in Vegas, Coney Island, and illustrious stages of Manhattan, she was further featured for The Cut’s video editorial featuring Marc Jacobs.  

The Movies That Made Us (Queer): But I’m A Cheerleader

1 hour, 30 minutes

Released: June 19, 2021
Recorded: June 9, 2021

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Viktor Devonne brings in Beau Britches, Faux Pas le Fae, and Regal Mortis for this Pride Month audio commentary experience of But I’m a Cheerleader, directed by Jamie Babbit, and starring Natasha Lyonne, Cathy Moriarty, RuPaul, and Clea DuVall . This is a preview audio edition with full length version available at Patreon.com/WEBurlesque at the Pride Month special of $1 pledge. For this edition, we talk about the absence of bisexuality in teen coming out movies, pink vs blue, gender roles, trans voices in lesbian narratives, gay bars, and conversion therapy as satire.

– The Movies That Made Us (Queer) is a creation of WEBurlesque Podcast Network, produced by Viktor Devonne

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  • Faux Pas le Fae, @fauxpaslefae on IG; appearances on WEBurlesque the Podcast
  • Regal Mortis,@regalmortisburlesque on IG and on TikTok
  • Beau Britches; @beaubritchesburly on IG

The Movies That Made Us (Queer): Chasing Amy

57 minutes (audio only preview)
1 hour, 55 minutes

Released: June 19, 2021
Recorded: June 10, 2021

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Viktor Devonne brings in Mone’t Ha-Sidi, Dick Jones, and Bella La Blanc for this Pride Month audio commentary experience of Chasing Amy, directed by Kevin Smith, and starring Joey Lauren Adams, Ben Affleck, Jason Lee, and Dwight Ewell. This is a preview audio edition with full length version available at Patreon.com/WEBurlesque at the Pride Month special of $1 pledge. For this edition, we talk about queer gatekeeping, exploitative storytelling, bisexuality, problematic faves, emotionally unavailable men, and all three iconic Alyssa monologues! #Fingercuffs

– The Movies That Made Us (Queer) is a creation of WEBurlesque Podcast Network, produced by Viktor Devonne

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#132. Bite Sizes with Bitsy la Bourbon

1 hour, 10 minutes

Released: June 14, 2021
Recorded: March 30, 2021

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Bitsy la Bourbon is the force behind More Than No the anti-rape campaign thru the arts, and Cabaret Consensual, the powerful activist-entertainer showcase in Los Angeles.  She and Viktor Devonne chat about the complications of making a heavy show like that inviting to the everyday audience member, performing to problematic musicians, and her triumph over addiction.

The Movies That Made WE (Queer): Hedwig and the Angry Inch

40 minutes (audio only preview)
1 hour, 33 minutes

Released: June 12, 2021
Recorded: June 3, 2021

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Viktor Devonne brings in Mary Cyn, Jackson Juniper, Hank E. Panky, and Mimi Hurricane for this Pride Month audio commentary experience of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, directed by and starring John Cameron Mitchell, and featuring Stephen Trask’s indelible score. This is a preview audio edition with full length version available at Patreon.com/WEBurlesque at the Pride Month special of $1 pledge. For this edition, we talk about accidental and incidental trans and nonbinary narratives by cis people, rock gods (Lou Reed! Iggy Pop! David Bowie!), teenage hormones (ack!), wigs, and unconditional love.

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The Movies That Made WE (Queer): To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar

55 minutes (audio only preview)
2 hours, 4 minutes

Released: June 12, 2021
Recorded: June 6, 2021

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Viktor Devonne brings in Lottie Ellington and GiGi Holliday for this Pride Month audio commentary experience of To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar; directed by Beeban Kidron and starring Patrick Swayze, Wesley Snipes, and John Leguizamo. This is a preview audio edition with full length version available at Patreon.com/WEBurlesque at the Pride Month special of $1 pledge.  For this edition, we talk nails, lashes, pageants, Ru, and 90s superstars. In Memory of SWEETIE.

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#131. Number One Search Result w/ Eric Jaffe

64 minutes

Released: June 7, 2021
Recorded: March 25, 2021

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Entertainer, songwriter, and a favorite host in Philadelphia’s queer scene, Eric Jaffe talks makeup, masks, beards, composing, and being the #1 Google result for “drag queen.” A genderless glamour monster Mx. Jaffe has been thrilling folks with their satirical sendups of your favorite musicals and pop hits, and recently claimed the title Drag Queen of the Year at the annual Philadelphia Drag Awards.

On this edition of WEBurlesque the Podcast, Viktor talks to Philadelphian drag performer, singer, and producer Eric Jaffe.

After more than a year of getting used to staying home and creating digital content, Eric is back out in the world of live entertainment post-quarantine:

EJ (5:28) : “So I am working again in person. Right before the pandemic started I was supposed to start a residency at this new club called Fabrica up in Fishtown….the week that I was supposed to start there everything shut down. The summer goes by, I haven’t really heard anything. I sort of reached out to them because I didn’t know if that job offer was still going to be on the table or if this place was even going to reopen…I’ve been working there a couple months in person and luckily I’ve been fully vaccinated…for a month now, but before that it was scary.”

Like many people in nightlife, Eric’s love of the performing arts started young. Though they grew up wanting to be an actor, drag was the art where they found they could take the parts of themselves which were considered negatives in a traditional theater setting and embrace them fully:

EJ (15:35-17:28) : “Theater has always been my first love. If you asked me what I wanted to be when I was a child, my answer was Broadway star…when I was in school I had a really interesting experience with my theater department. They basically told me that in order to work as a working actor I would have to do things like deepen my voice and make sure I can pass as a straight person…you either need to be two things as a “male working actor”: you either need to be a really thin dancer chorus boy and you can be as femme as you want or you need to be the masculine leading man or best friend who can be on the heavier side, but you have to be able to pass… When I left school I realized I didn’t want to do that. And so I just started doing cabaret work and realized I could be as queer as I want. The things that I was told would not get me work were the exact things that would get me work in the cabaret/drag scene.”

While Eric may not be what many people think of as a “classic” drag performer, they have found their own brand of success in the Philly scene and are actually the first Google result when you look up the term “Drag Queen”, even beating out the likes of Rupaul.  For them, drag isn’t a set of standards one has to meet to be a professional performer, but an outlet of artistic expression that can help you show off your gender with pride:

EJ (19:45) “I am a nonbinary person and I feel very strongly about the construct of gender and how beauty standards have led us to believe and think certain things and I love the idea of throwing that in the garbage where it belongs. I think you can still be a beautiful feminine person and still have a beard and a mustache and there’s nothing wrong with that. “

Known mostly as a singer and songwriter, Eric’s work often involves racy parodies of musical hits and show tunes. Though this type of drag performance can be shocking to more traditional audiences, Eric believes it’s all about knowing your crowd and trusting them to be in on the joke:

EJ (35:15) : “If I’m asked before an event to keep it family friendly that is totally fine. And if I’m ever booked somewhere where I don’t really know what the crowd is like I will always ask because I don’t want to go somewhere where there is a family audience and be singing about getting peed on. But, I do think whether an audience who is an adult audience maybe don’t love that kind of humor or they are the type of audience who doesn’t think that’s for them, I think they can appreciate the parody and the jokes. There is something to be said for nuance….”

Digital shows during quarantine did teach Eric how to use a green screen and edit their own content, but they are very happy to be back at a club performing live again. Even with the anxiety factor, one of the things they missed most during the pandemic is just the ability to content with their fellow queer performers:

EJ (53:10) “It’s difficult especially when I came to realize how many beautiful queer people I had the privilege of being around every week without even having to plan it or think it. Just being in the work that I’m in puts me in the lap of a beautiful community four to six nights a week. And having that taken away from me and having that sense of community completely stripped it was so jarring in the beginning. I didn’t understand why I was feeling so empty and it was because my interaction with people just went from 100 to 0.”

With Philly nightlife slowly coming back, Eric wants to continue producing shows and writing musical parodies. Along with focusing on their own craft, they want to take some of the community wide conversations the Philly scene has had about diversity and inclusion and continue their efforts to hire other performers with broad representation in mind. For Eric, making an effort is the only way forward for a better nightlife community:

 EJ (56:55) “I feel like I’ve always been part of that conversation as being someone who produces shows and someone who casts inclusively. Especially when it came to putting on these larger productions. It was always a focus of ours to include everyone in these shows and to highlight trans people, POC, and queer people in general….I’m glad there is now a more noticeable action plan around that. Especially in Philly….I think people need to be held accountable for what they choose to do with whatever power they have.”

  • Eric on IG: @theericjaffe
  • theericjaffe.com
  • facebook.com/jaffe123