Grizzly Kiki | Pop Culture & Interviews With Queer Artists

Grizzly Kiki began in April 2014 as a pop culture and drag-centric podcast hosted by Robert Lechuga & Daniel Silva. We launched with recaps of RuPaul’s Drag Race and other reality programming. Shortly after releasing the first few episodes, we narrowed our focus to create a podcast that was unique in concept and would serve a community near and dear to us: DRAG QUEENS!!!!!!!!!!!!! The podcast is equal parts oral history and good old-fashioned kiki. We found that there were few platforms where Drag and Nightlife Artists could talk about their art and themselves in an open and honest way. Most of what is known about these artists comes from videos posted on the Internet or what they experience in bars and clubs. It was clear that there were stories to be told and shared with the world. Our mission is to create a comfortable and safe environment, where these artists can share their histories and experiences. Ours is a podcast that is meant to serve the drag and nightlife community by capturing the artists’ voices and making them available to the public. Grizzly Kiki is a program for drag enthusiasts, Drag Artists, and everyone in between. Listen and Join the Party!!


Tammy Spénks

Tammy Spénks is best known as the Queen of the Flying Cooter Slam. As if being a live singer, dancer, licensed massage therapist, and full-time drag queen weren't enough, Tammy has also mastered the art of the flying split. If you are lucky to witness such an event, she appears as if by magic, flying through the sky in a grand arch before gently alighting on the ground, legs splayed. Actually, it's more like a bullet whizzing past your head and landing with a resounding thud on the floor of a bar. It truly is a sight to behold! However, Tammy is more than just her flying splits. She is an Ohio native who followed her passion for musical theater to the high seas, where she performed the role of Edna Turnblad aboard Royal Caribbean cruise ships for many years before settling in New York. After hitting dry land, Tammy teamed up with her college buddy - and former Grizzly KiKi guest - Dusty Ray Bottoms, reluctantly emerging as Ms. Spénks to host at a local bar in Queens. More than two years later, Tammy has staked her claim and can be found performing, bartending, and flying at least five times a week.


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