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!!


Gateway Drag: "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of The Desert" & "To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything! Julie Newmar"

On this episode of Gateway Drag, we have a kiki with Tina Burner about two of the most iconic drag films of the last 25 years: "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of The Desert" and "To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar." Both "Priscilla" and "To Wong Foo" focus on the stories of a group of three friends who embark on cross-country road trips. In "Priscilla," drag queens Mitzi Del Bra and Felicia Jollygoodfellow and their friend, trans woman Bernadette Bassinger, travel across the Australian Outback in a bus named Priscilla to perform at a hotel. In "To Wong Foo," seasoned queens Vida Boheme and Noxeema Jackson take pity on Chi-Chi Rodriguez - a so-called "latin boy in drag" - and trade in their plane tickets for a beaten up Cadillac. The three queens embark on a cross country road trip to Los Angeles for the "Miss Drag Queen of America Pageant." In both films, these characters endure broken down vehicles, friendly and not-so-friendly strangers, and learn many life lessons along the way. During our kiki with Tina, we discuss the experience of watching each film for the first time, how they influenced her own drag aesthetic, and the movies' lasting impact, as well as issues surrounding the depictions of the characters.


 2015-10-23  1h3m