18th Annual Drag King Contest
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The last date listed for Drag King Contest was Saturday August 17, 2013 / 11:59pm (After-Party).
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I really want to love this show. I've been going for years in the hope of seeing improvement. Indeed in many ways the talent hasimproved, however, the production itself has consistently had major flaws and this show was no different:
1) poorly managed. Why buy advance tickets if everyone has to wait in the same line? Why a should it take 45 minutes to get in the door? Why was the person checking off Goldstar names completely slow/incompetent?
2) amateurish stage management/lighting. Did the lighting tech not notice that the entire front half of the audience was watching with one arm thrown up to cover their eyes from the blinding stage lights that would sporadically flood us? Did they not hear the repeated audience exclamations of "please stop blinding us!"
3) the wait between acts was painful as usual. The MC Fudgie is not witty, quick, or interesting enough to hold anyone's attention. Luckily there is always a hilarious drag queen who does have those qualities to carry the dead space.
Some of the performances were truly great - the Book of Mormon one, anything done by Rusty Hips or Jay Walker, the Queen one -Loved those, and a handful or others were decent. But then there were some that seemed to wholy miss the concept of what a drag king show was all about, for example: an SM scene or a schoolgirl porn scene where no one lipsynched, there was no subversion or creativity...just messy/uninteresting sex acts...really??!! Perhaps the producers of the show need to better educate potential acts what a drag king performance is?? Or cull/preview?
I don't understand why Fudgie continues to front this event - he doesn't have the aptitude for it and is the show's biggest liability. My best guess is that he is somehow in charge. Truly baffling decision making. His choosing to kick the event off with a terribly-sung song this time around was also another large mistake.
As far as I can tell, if you don't have creative talent, don't want to bother to learn the words to a song, or come up with any creative concepts or choreography, it's still ok to get on stage and strip or grope eachother in this performance. So uninteresting in my opinion.
I will not return to this event unless a new MC is instituted.
Ps - I went with a group of 9 people who all felt this way. We left early.
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This year, in celebration of its 18th star-studded year, The San Francisco Drag King Contest will feature a Cavalcade of Kings — performances by past SF Drag King winners, including favorites Rusty Hips, Leigh Crow (artist formerly known as Elvis Herselvis), Jay Walker, old-skool rappers The Momma’s Boyz, Arty Fishal, DeeDee Luxe, The Indra, Fella-Fem, Hamm Graham, GQ Society, Tommy Salami, Cohen Brothers, Kit Tapata and more.
This year’s DJs include: Olga T, Downtown Donna and DJs Simone & David aka DJ DIE.
This year the panel of nationally known celebrity judges includes San Francisco Drag King Contest titleholders: Rusty Hips (SFDK ’02), Alotta Boutte of Beach Blanket Babylon, Shack “The Shack” Shackwell (Laurie Bushman) and Anna Conda, the former Miss Trannyshack of Charlie Horse.