She, of the one-named legendary status, THE Lypsinka is performing in London next month at the AND WHAT? QUEER ARTS FESTIVAL.
Wylde Mag caught up with our girl to ask a few pointed questions. Here’a an excerpt…
“I’ve been to London many times since February 1976…. Now I enjoy simply walking around and looking, especially in neighborhoods I have not seen.
Lypsinka was inspired by an American actress who was very popular in London. Her name was Dolores Gray. I first saw her around 1982 in a movie from the Fifties called It’s Always Fair Weather. I went to the movie because it’s an MGM musical with Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse. I didn’t expect to see this woman named Dolores Gray. I was fascinated by her, and I thought to myself:
‘Some people impersonate Cher or Liza or Barbra. I’m going to impersonate this person who is not so famous. But with my own twist, not a straight impersonation.’
“When I was a kid I always got a kick out of the physical humor of Lucille Ball and Carol Burnett. Burnett also sometimes did a more cerebral humour that was sophisticated. I also saw on TV in the Sixties Joan Rivers, Phyllis Diller, Totie Fields; all very funny. Lucy was on Monday nights. And then along came Laugh-In on another network at the same time as Lucy, and I gave up Lucy for the more sophisticated, ironic humor of Lily Tomlin. And, years later, Lily and I got to know one another and performed together a few times.
I’ve heard it said that Divine got sick of his tube dress that he wore for his club appearances. I can’t say I ever have gotten sick of putting on the drag, but I don’t have to do ONLY that. I enjoy being Lypsinka when I have my “team,” my hair and make-up people, a good costume, good lighting.
The Lypsinka fans will walk away very satisfied, and hopefully the new audience will too. My goal is to satisfy the audience and maybe even give them a ‘transcendent’ experience.”
The Fabulous Lypsinka Show is on March – 28 26 at The Pleasance Theatre, Carpenters Mews, North Road, London N7 9EF, part of the And What? Queer Arts Festival. The festival runs from the March 13-29, across 12 venues.
(Photos, Steven Menendez; via WyldeMag)