Affectionately known as the Queen of Ireland, drag queen/activist Panti Bliss is performing in Los Angeles this weekend (her first time!).
“It’s a show that treads a line between standup and theatre,” she says, “and tells the story of how a mouthy Irish drag queen became ‘National Fucking Treasure.'”
Panti, for those of you who don’t know, is a pub owner and longtime fixture on the Irish gay scene, who rose to International fame when she called out a group of Irish journalists on TV for their views on homosexuality. A lawsuit ensued, and sparked a national outcry known as “Pantigate.” During the controversy, Panti made a speech about homophobia at the venerable Abbey Theater that became a viral video sensation and turned her into a symbol of the gay rights movement in Ireland. The eventual success of the Irish campaign for marriage equality is said to be due in large part to Panti.
Hilarious and poignant, PANTI BLISS: LIVE IN LA is a riotous comedy about life after ‘Pantigate’ — making movies and making history. Charting brushes with infamy, near-misses with fame, and adventures in the seedy underbelly, this is a comedy about a life well-lived, in which Panti promises to “say the un-sayable.”
Panti shared, “I’m very excited to be playing my first-ever shows in Los Angeles, and what better time than during Ireland week — an important and vibrant celebration of our cultural creativity on the west coast of America. I’ll play two bespoke shows at the Hollywood Improv called PANTI BLISS: LIVE IN LA where I’ll be telling Americans way too much about my personal life, and not listening when they try to tell me about theirs.”
Panti will be performing at 10:30PM tomorrow night and Saturday night.
Tickets are available here.