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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Is That a Tool in Your Box? Behind the Scenes at the Miss Toolbox Pageant at Club 93

Posted By on Tue, Mar 8, 2011 at 7:30 AM


In my never-ending quest to let you know what's afoot (not that thing at the bottom of your leg) within the performing community, this week I'll enlighten you about Toolbox.

  • Amber Gregory

On Thursday night, Toolbox, (which is at Club 93, 93 Ninth Street and always free) celebrated its 1-year anniversary in style by hosting the first annual Miss Toolbox Pageant.
The club is hosted by relative new-comer, Alexis Von Fierce, and tuned by DJ Dank and DJ Dingbat (Dan Karkoska and David Hawkins...who also produce Blue Room Comedy at Club 93 on Tuesdays, and spin for Candyland at the Cinch on Saturdays) It was the single largest event ever held at Club 93 and the hostess wore a well-lubricated dress of condoms, porn, and staples.
Alexis Von Fierce - EMI STANLEY
  • Emi Stanley
  • Alexis Von Fierce
I sat down with last-minute pageant judge, Leigh Crow, to get her 'hazy' view of the evenings festivities. (Just in case some of you don't know La Chanteuse Crow, she currently plays Chang in Pearls Over Shanghai, and will also star in the lead role of Divina in the Thrillpeddlers newest production called Vice Palace.)
Leigh Crow and Flynn in Pearls - FLYNN DEMARCO
  • Flynn DeMarco
  • Leigh Crow and Flynn in Pearls
SjL - So what do you like about Toolbox?

LC - I really like the unpretentious seediness of it, the sense that anything goes and anyone is given a shot to do their thing. It has an all-inclusive tragic-ness to it. It reminds me of Klubstitute, only they had better bartenders.

SjL - In your best "recollection," how did you like the pageant?

LC - It was great fun and the contestants worked it out! I initially liked Tragic Fantastic, she looked like a fox and could easily be my new drag girlfriend. And as far as drag names go, Gal Pacino is as good as it gets.

Tragic Fantastic, who placed second - EMI STANLEY
  • Emi Stanley
  • Tragic Fantastic, who placed second
SjL - And the winner, Natasha Muse?

LC - She was hilarious, she did a great original stand-up comedy routine and best exemplified the Toolbox experience.

David Hawkins, Natasha Muse and Alexis Von Fierce - AMBER GREGORY
  • Amber Gregory
  • David Hawkins, Natasha Muse and Alexis Von Fierce
SjL - So I guess you could say she's a comedatran?

LC - YOU could say that!

SjL - And how are rehearsals going for "Vice Palace"?

LC - Rehearsals are going great, as always there's lots of music and choreography to get through, but I feel it's an honor to be challenged.

SjL - Yes, you are challenged, for sure. But I am sure you are referring to the fact that you are reprising the role originally portrayed by Divine?

LC - Who?

Just kidding, she didn't say that last part, but that's all you're getting for now. I will for sure have more from her later, as the show gets closer to opening.

So get out there and support your local dive drag bar, that's where you'll find realness for sure ... and then some. If anyone has a suggestion of somewhere to check out, shoot us an email or comment below (...ugh, can't believe I am soliciting comments, that's like a bad can of worms you don't want to open).

Toolbox show this week is "Best of Greatest Toolbox Hits Anthology" (aka their Best Of March 2010-February 2011 show). It is every Thursday, pre-show at 9:30, show at 11.

And from Dan, "we are looking for people interested in doing numbers for our Ke$ha/Skank night March 17, the Real Housewives of Toolbox on March 24 and Jem Night: Holograms vs Misfits on March 31. Drag, comedy, magic, juggling, performance and other oddities all welcome!"

Toolbox gets 4 out of 5 ding-dongs...not quite perfect, but that makes it better than average.



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