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FOF #2726 – Being Mr. Rogers’ Gay Black Neighbor

One of the unexpected surprises from “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” the documentary film on Mr. Rogers, was just how fierce and unapologetically gay in real life is Francois Clemmons, the actor who played Officer Clemmons on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.

Today we’re delighted to talk to Officer Clemmons, Francois Diva Man Scarborough Clemmons from his home in Vermont about coming out as gay to Mr. Rogers, his love of turquoise jewelry and is there any truth to the recently revealed rumor that Mr. Rogers was bisexual?

Posted in: Podcast, Writers 2 months ago 1

FOF #2629 – Marc’s Great Norway Adventure

Folks were left gagging when Marc announced that after 14 years of podcasting, he was taking an indefinite break to go off on an secret adventure. Well folks, Marc is back, and on Norway’s top reality TV show “Alt For Norge” the Great Norway Adventure.

Listen as Marc joins me to give us a sneak peek at Season 9 of the Emmy award winning reality TV series, which includes folks like Star Trek fan fiction actor Evan Fowler and cabaret artist Julie Cascioppo who inspired many popular drag queens.

Posted in: Podcast 11 months ago 5

FOF #2628 – Cuckoo for Coco Sho-Nell

Some folks seem to know everyone! Like Coco Sho-Nell, whose grandmother was besties with gospel legend Mahalia Jackson and in high school Coco was gal pals with Nelsan Ellis, the late actor best known for playing Lafayette Reynolds in the HBO series True Blood.

Today Coco Sho-Nell joins us to talk about her life as a Chicago drag queen, her roots in musical theater, to physically building the stage at The Call bar and celebrating the life of her close friend Nelsan Ellis.

Posted in: Drag Queens & Kings, Interviews, Podcast 11 months ago 0

FOF #2637 – Will Hannah Gadsby’s “Nanette” Change Comedy for Good?

Hannah Gadsby’s solo show “Nanette” is unlike no other comedy special you’ve seen before and may be the most important performance of the decade.

Today comedian Colette Gregory joins us to reflect Hannah Gadsby’s landmark performance “Nanette.” Colette is a trained mental health counselor who works on a wide variety of fields including LGBT folks and sexual assault prevention, and has a lot of insight into this powerful performance.

Posted in: Drag Queens & Kings, Podcast 10 months ago 0

FOF #2630 – What’d I Miss?

A lot went down while Marc Felion was away filming Norway’s top reality TV show “Alt For Norge” – Trump and Roseanne Barr got crazier and Brian Sweeney and I got exceptionally close.

Today Brian Sweeney joins us to find out more about Marc’s Great Norway Adventure.

Posted in: Podcast 11 months ago 0

FOF #2634 – Blair St. Clair is America’s Sweetheart

Things are going well for Blair St. Clair, the ingenue drag queen from season 10 of RuPaul’s Drag Race- she’s moved in with her hunky boyfriend and her album Call My Life is topping the charts.

Today Blair St. Clair joins us to talk about her roller coaster ride through musical theater and drag, Butterfly gate on the Drag Race finale and what all young people can do to bridge the divide with their family.

Posted in: Drag Queens & Kings, Podcast 10 months ago 0

FOF #2641 – Guy Branum is Goddess

At a young age, out gay comedian Guy Branum realized that channeling his inner goddess was a great way to assert power in a world dominated by straight men. As a gay boy you might not have the ability to wield lightning bolts but you sure can turn a bitch into stone with a cold stare and a sassy quip delivered with impeccable timing.

Today, Guy Branum joins us to talk about his hilarious and touching new memoir “My Life as a Goddess.”

Posted in: Podcast, Writers 10 months ago 0

FOF #2636 – The Color Purple is in the Pink

The musical adaptation of Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Color Purple, is kicking off its national tour right here in Chicago.

After experiencing trauma after trauma in the first act, we see Celie come of age and not only become her own woman, this Celie gets a lot more woman on woman action than Whoopi Goldberg ever did.

Posted in: Podcast 10 months ago 0

FOF #2664 – Janae Marie Kroc’s Big Lift

Today championship bodybuilder, powerlifter and trans pioneer Janae Marie Kroc joins us to talk about the new documentary “Transformer” which follows Janae as she navigates her life as a trans woman, powerlifting icon, bodybuilder and parent to three amazing sons.

Posted in: People, Podcast 7 months ago 0

FOF #2635 – Vivacious on Whitney, Pose and Nanette

In Kevin Macdonald’s new documentary “Whitney” we get a glimpse at the life of the greatest vocalists of the 20th century- her complex sexuality, her underlying trauma and the struggles that may have led to her untimely death.

Today Vivacious, from RuPaul’s Drag Race joins us to take a look at the new “Whitney” film and all its shocking new revelations.

Posted in: Drag Queens & Kings, Podcast 10 months ago 1