Don't get us wrong, we love us some drag queens, but it's drag kings we've always been obsessed with -- the swagger, the bravado, the impeccably glued-on muttonchops. We wrote whole term papers on Boys R' Us, Mister Fister, and Elvis Herselvis. When we moved to the City by the Gay, we were pretty surprised that the kings had left the proverbial building. Thankfully, the San Francisco Drag King Contest is back to satisfy all our dickspectations.
Now in its 17th year, Thursday's show promises to be bigger and ballsier than ever. "Expect to see everything from lip-synching to mud wrestling and beyond," says emcee Fudgie Frottage, aka The Man with the Biggest Balls in Show Business. (We'd like to know who's judging that contest). But lest you think the show is all pompadours and no circumstance, proceeds from the show benefit PAWS, an organization that provides companion animals for low-income persons with HIV/AIDS and other illnesses.
Other highlights include the legendary Mo B. Dick, who starred in John Waters' film Pecker, a showcase from San Jose's GenderQueer Society, divine inspiration from Sister Roma of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, The Whoa Nellies Band, and circus ballerina Lea McGowan. It's sure to be a real drag.
The San Francisco Drag King Contest starts August 23 at 9 p.m. (doors open at 8 p.m.) at DNA Lounge, 375 11th St. (at Folsom), S.F. Admission is $20-$35.
Here's a video of the Rebel Kings performing at last year's contest, which includes probably the best R2D2 costume in existence.