If you’re in need of a temporary reprieve from reality during these turbulent times, drag legend Lady Bunny is here to help. No, her new raunchy and irreverent comedy special, C#ntagious, which premieres tonight, probably won’t change the world — but it will sure make you forget it for a half-hour.
Though Bunny is certainly known for being one of the masters of throwing shade, she has also proven to have a heart of gold throughout the health pandemic. She was one of the first entertainers to step up and help local performers suffering in the crisis in a fundraising special cohosted by fellow queen of quips, Bianca del Rio. And now in C#ntagious, she’s hoping to lift spirits again — at least for 35 raunchy, wig and costume-filled minutes in the downloadable special from Voss Events.
“C#ntageous is outrageous!” says Bunny excitedly when we recently got a chance to chat about the new special which focuses on life-in-quarantine humor. “New sick and twisted song parodies from Lizzo to Madonna, filthy one-liners, and several insane skits. My very special guest star Christeene is the world’s premiere floozy, and she absolutely strangles a Peggy Lee classic which we duet on!”
There’s even a parody of longtime bestie and drag colleague RuPaul’s “Sissy That Walk” called “Sissy That Cough.” And speaking of mama Ru, what exactly did Bunny think of this latest drama-filled season of Drag Race? Well, in typical Lady Bunny fashion — she’ll tell you — and of course with her signature brand of scathing shade.
“Ru’s mask was campier than what she wore to that camp-themed Met Gala! Everyone’s asking why she wore that weird mask, but it’s obvious. She doesn’t want to be recognized from AJ & The Queen,” she quips of her gal pal’s questionable acting chops. “That show got cancelled quicker than Sherry Pie. Should Ru really still be judging acting challenges?”
On life in quarantine, Bunny says of course it certainly has been a challenging time for nightlife entertainers and club employees. And not just financially, but in terms of mental health and wellness.
“Face it, drag queens are the least essential workers there are,” she says “After 9/11, I remember drags, DJs, caterers, event planners were all the first to go. And this downturn will last a long time. Even after the sickness fades, many won’t have money for entertainment. So if you’re a club performer who’s not performing online, you’re basically not performing. And we hams don’t just perform for a paycheck — we crave attention, too!
“I did see some enterprising Canadian queens performing on the streets for people in their driveways. I may steal their idea and perform Car Wash while actually washing cars. A girl has to get creative about this working from home stuff. Some gals sell used panties, I’m now selling used toilet paper! I hear that even Delta Work now goes by Delta Needs Work!”
Despite her ability to roast her fellow queens with panache, Bunny never hesitates to indulge in a self-depreciating joke when needed.
“No one should miss C#ntageous because I live in NYC and may die at any second!’ she exclaims. “Even so, I’ve created a zany comedy special to shamelessly interrupt your isolation with. It’s co-written by Beryl Mendelbaum. Of course, our humor is often tasteless, but this might be your last laugh before the apocalypse! And there’s no load like a download!”
C#ntageous premieres tonight at 8 p.m. Eastern at VossEvents.com (pre-order for $9.99).