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FOF #2703 - Muffy Fishbasket Gets Real - 02.10.19

FOF #2703 – Muffy Fishbasket Gets Real

With the rise of the internet, web videos and reality TV shows, queer artists have access to an unprecedented amount of visibility and while it seems like the possibilities of having a real career as a drag queen are endless, is it really so easy?

Today Muffy Fishbasket, the campy queen from Camp Wannakiki joins us to talk about how to make it work when the work seems daunting.

Posted in: Drag Queens & Kings, Podcast 9 days ago 0
FOF #2702 - The Legend of the Bearded Lady - 02.08.19

FOF #2702 – The Legend of the Bearded Lady

One of the most talked about names in Chicago gay nightclub history is The Bearded Lady, who is now a bit of a legend because many who remembered her are either dead or were too drunk to remember anything.

Today historian Owen Keehnen joins us to chat about his new book ”Dugan’s Bistro and the Legend of the Bearded Lady” which looks at the life of the Bearded Lady, who ruled the roost at Dugan’s Bistro, a Chicago disco that pioneered the use of spectacle in nightclubs, later adopted by clubs like the famous Studio 54.

Posted in: Drag Queens & Kings, Podcast, Writers 12 days ago 2
FOF #2662 - The Queen of Nice is Now the Queen of Camp - 10.10.18

FOF #2662 – The Queen of Nice is Now the Queen of Camp

Kindness is in short supplies these days, so it’s great to see Chicago’s Queen of Nice, Alexis, snatch the coveted crown on Camp Wannakiki. Today Alexis P Bevels, the winner of Camp Wannakiki joins us to take a look at her time at the drag internment camp and what it takes to go all way!

Posted in: Drag Queens & Kings, Podcast, YouTube Celebrities 4 months ago 3
FOF #2612 - Chicago’s Weird & Wonderful Secret Spots - 05.02.18

FOF #2612 – Chicago’s Weird & Wonderful Secret Spots

As people plan their summer getaways, many folks who enjoy the podcast write to us to ask: “what should I do while I’m in the Windy City?

Joining us to talk about some of Chicago’s hidden gems is writer Jessica Mlinaric whose new book, Secret Chicago: A Guide to the Weird Wonderful, and Obscure is now available.

Posted in: Interviews, Podcast, Writers 10 months ago 3
FOF #2540 - Rainbow Magic at the Belmont Rocks - 10.12.17

FOF #2540 – Rainbow Magic at the Belmont Rocks

Although we like to think of our LGBT spots as permanent places that will always be there, the reality is that they come and go.

Today writer and historian Owen Keehnan joins us to talk about the Belmont Rocks, a very public space where LGBT folks hung out in the sun to find community and a little bit of love in the early days of the queer rights movement.

Posted in: Podcast, Writers 1 year ago 0
FOF #2529 - Is This Goodbye? - 09.17.17

FOF #2529 – Is This Goodbye?

Chicago has long been the place people come to make something of themselves before moving elsewhere- students, immigrants, and artists all come to the Windy City to work on their craft and when they are ready, they move on, just like Oprah.

Joining us today is comedian Eric Clements to talk about the uproar a “Chicago breakup letter” is causing and why folks are eagerly rushing to defend the city.

Posted in: Drag Queens & Kings, Podcast 1 year ago 2
FOF #2507 - Underwear that’s Fun to Wear - 07.19.17

FOF #2507 – Underwear that’s Fun to Wear

In the early 80s, designer Calvin Klein used gorgeously muscular men to promote his underwear brand which turned an everyday undergarment into a sexualized fashion accessory that not only changed the way people think about underwear, but also how men look at their own bodies.

Joining us is comedian Carma Nibarger to talk about underpants and how women have managed over the centuries to corral their boobies – from corsets, to bullet bras, to letting it all hang out.

Posted in: Comedians, Podcast 2 years ago 2
FOF #2506 - When the Reviewer Gets Reviewed - 07.18.17

FOF #2506 – When the Reviewer Gets Reviewed

With the success of Hamilton, theater companies are embracing diversity in stories, plays and casting, but some reviewers aren’t liking it – Chicago Sun Times theater critic Hedy Weiss reportedly said at a panel in 2011 “there are so many plays about race and gender that it’s sickening.”

Today actor Jerome Beck joins us to take a look at the conservative backlash on diversity in theater and the role of theater critics in the age of social media and the internet.

Posted in: Actors, Interviews, Podcast 2 years ago 1
FOF #2444 - Bootycandy - 01.31.17

FOF #2444 – Bootycandy

From hoo-ha to dingaling, there’s no shortage of words parents use to describe private parts to their kids. For writer director Robert O’Hara, it was “Bootycandy,” and that’s what he titled his play about a young boy who has to learn what it means to grow up gay and black.

Today, Robert O’Hara joins us top chat about his play, “Bootycandy,” the impact of Obama’s presidency, and how it’s Tyler Perry’s world and we are just living in it.

Posted in: Actors, Interviews, Podcast, Writers 2 years ago 5
FOF #2443 - Rebels with a Cause - 01.30.17

FOF #2443 – Rebels with a Cause

One of the great challenges we face in bringing about political change is figuring out out how not to get overwhelmed by all the negativity we see in the news and our social media.

Today, comedian Meredith Kachel joins us to take a look at how to best handle the people in your life who are still Trump supporters even after all the demented policy and appointments he’s made in his first week in office.

Posted in: Comedians, Podcast 2 years ago 6