Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Happy Birthday to Drag Superstar and Wigstock Founder Lady Bunny

Lady Bunny (born Jon Ingle) was born today August 14, in 1962. She is a drag queen, nightclub DJ, promoter, and founder of the annual Wigstock event. She has also released disco singles such as "Shame, Shame, Shame!" and "The Pussycat Song." She has appeared in films such as Party Girl, Wigstock: The Movie, Peoria Babylon, Starrbooty, Another Gay Movie, and To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar.

Lady Bunny began her career alongside Larry Tee and RuPaul (at right with Lady Bunny) as a fixture on the Atlanta gay scene and appeared in a variety of low-budget films with them, including the Starbooty series. In 1984, she moved to New York City, became one of the Club Kids, and in 1985, organized Wigstock, an annual drag queen festival that lasted until 2005. Bunny frequently performs at XL Nightclub with Bianca Del Rio.

In 2010, Bunny was featured in the web series Queens of Drag: NYC by gay.com. The series featured fellow New York drag queens Bianca Del Rio, Dallas DuBois, Hedda Lettuce, Mimi Imfurst, Peppermint, and Sherry Vine.

Her style of drag performance usually involves lip-synching to a compilation of karaoke versions of popular songs, over which she has recorded her own, sung vocal parodies of the original lyrics. The new lyrics are usually sexually explicit, revolve around food, or both. For instance, her parody of the Gwen Stefani song Hollaback Girl has the lyric: "I shit a banana/a banana in my ass!" Lady Bunny has released video parodies of "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" and of "California Gurls" (the latter titled "West Virginia Girls"). Her January, 2011, parody of "Harper Valley PTA", entitled "The Ballad of Sarah Palin", lampooned the American politician as portrayed by Palin imitator Dorothy Bishop. On July 1, 2013, Lybra Records released remixes of Lady Bunny's collaboration with Wayne Numan, "Take Me Up High," which became her first Billboard Club/Dance hit peaking at #17 in September 2013. In October 2014, she released "Lately" (Remixes) her collaboration with New York City Producers and club DJ's Sean Grasty and DJ Rikky Rivera better known as Groove Addix.  She also collaborated with New York producer Ursula 1000 on his track "Blast Off!" from his album Voyeur in 2016.

Lady Bunny served on the judges' panel on the spinoff show RuPaul's Drag U, which aired on the Logo TV network from 2010 to 2012. Lady Bunny was Dean of Drag and had a role of judge in the first season. In season 2 of RuPaul's Drag U, the Dean of Drag role was expanded into a segment called "Lady Lessons." During the fifth season of RuPaul's Drag Race, contestant Alaska Thunderfuck 5000 impersonated Bunny for the Snatch Game.

In 2003, Lady Bunny made a guest appearance in the Sex and the City episode "Boy, Interrupted," as the emcee at the LGBT prom.

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Mistress Maddie said...

I ADORE the filthy whore! But who did she pay to say she was born in 1962???

All jokes aside she is quite fabulous funny and my role model. She inspired by drag for years. Have not got through her shows yet when I see her sober lol!!!!

Happy Birthday you old bitch!

Sooo-this-is-me said...

I first heard about her through Maddie's blog. She has quite the resume, drag royalty actually it seems. Happy Birthday to Lady Bunny.

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