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Fierth sits down at the bar with the perfectly pickeled Margoh! Channing, who returns to the stage this week in her newly Updated show Tipsy! Margoh has quite the life story and she wants to tell you all about her exploits, at least the ones she can remember.
Catch Margoh Channing in Tipsy at The Laurie Beechman Theatre (407 West 42nd Street) one night only — Friday, September 28, at 10:00 PM. Tickets: Spin Cycle NYC
FIERTH: What is your name?
MARGOH: MargOH! Channing
FIERTH: Do you have a nick-name?
MARGOH: Depends on who you ask but most commonly called “Drunkie Drunkerson”
FIERTH: What is your motto?
MARGOH: Champagne is for everyday, not just New Years Eve…
FIERTH: How do you describe your work?
MARGOH: Like a cat being thrown off a roof! It twists and turns but always gracefully lands on its feet.
FIERTH: What accomplishment are you most proud of ?
MARGOH: Living to 64…it hasn’t been easy…and every time my birthday comes around I’m like…I’m still here…Thank god I was born with two livers. I should really thank my parents who happen to be first cousins.
FIERTH: What about your work frustrates you ?
MARGOH: Nothing, I ache for my audience…
FIERTH: What is the secret to success?
MARGOH: OH! Rum, Gin ,Vodka, Tequila, Triple sec…I guess a Long Island Iced Tea…
FIERTH: What do you like most about what you do?
MARGOH: Making people laugh…it makes me giggle and usually pee a little
FIERTH: Where are you based , where do you call home ?
MARGOH: I’m based in Brooklyn but my heart belongs to Bangor…where I was born the daughter of poor fishmongers and where I was crowned Little Miss Lobster claw of 1958
FIERTH: Describe your home in 6 words or less.
MARGOH: Liz Taylor would love it here…
FIERTH: How do you keep it real?
MARGOH: I listen to Cheryl Lynn’s “Got to be real” everyday…
FIERTH: What were you like as a child?
MARGOH: Horny…I developed very early, I had double d breasts and a bush at age 12
FIERTH: Where did you grow up ?
MARGOH: Bangor, Maine .where the population was eighty percent lobster and twenty percent white…I mean what chance did a curvaceous clam like me anyhow…
FIERTH: Describe a time/event in your life that you’re nostalgic for.
MARGOH: The time Rock Hudson bent me over and banged me doggie style and told me to take it like a man…those were the good ole days…
FIERTH: As a teenager where did you think you would be now?
MARGOH: I always knew I’d be famous but I always thought I’d been bigger ya know. I never thought my boobs would shrink so much…
FIERTH: How would your best friend describe you?
MARGOH: Demanding but sweet as a salty dog
FIERTH: What are some qualities you value in your friends?
MARGOH: I love people with Spunk and determination…If you can down ten boiler makers in ten minutes like me we’ll be best buddies
FIERTH: List 5 quirky things about yourself.
MARGOH: I was born with two livers, I have three nipples, I love to play twister, my actual name is Haddock Channing and I wear thongs…
FIERTH: If someone wrote a biography on your life, what do you think the title should be?
MARGOH: Drink Life- The tale of the fishmongers daughter
FIERTH: What would be the introduction song to a movie based on your life ?
MARGOH: “I love being her e with you” by Miss Peggy Lee
FIERTH: If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
MARGOH: How to bring my dog Kim Fung back…I miss her so…I didn’t find out about cloning dogs until after she passed. She was a true drinking buddy..she loved Champagne
FIERTH: Describe a time when you made the best of a public gaffe.
MARGOH: Well when I got caught banging Neil Sedaka in Halston’s shower I kept a stiff upper lip and ran off to Bangkok for twenty years…I guess I didn’t handle it well at all. Can I have a redo?
FIERTH: Have you ever felt hopeless? How did you get through it?
MARGOH: Everyday…I watch Eartha kitt videos on youtube and that perks me up
FIERTH: What makes you angry?
MARGOH: An empty bottle of booze
FIERTH: What brings you the most joy?
MARGOH: A fully stocked liquor cabinet
FIERTH: If you weren’t doing what you are doing now, what do you think you would be doing?
MARGOH: Gutting fish in Bangor Maine
FIERTH: What did you do growing up that got you into trouble?
MARGOH: I used to put on burlesque shows down at the docks for the fisherman and would tell them for $5 my mother Sully would put out…
FIERTH: Tell me about a re4cent crazy night you have had..
MARGOH: Just the other night partying with Big Ang’s crew and getting home at 4am…I can’t go into too many details but you never know when MargOH! may show up as the next cast member of Mob wives…
FIERTH: Are you a morning or night person?
MARGOH: I love the night but I really love the morning so I can have a Mimosa
FIERTH: Do you have any obsessions right now?
MARGOH: Dance Moms, I’m obsessed with Abby and where she gets those big sweat suits
FIERTH: What is your greatest extravagance?
MARGOH: Expensive costumes..You can’t spend enough on glamour.
FIERTH: What is your guilty pleasure?
MARGOH: Traveling, I love going new places but I always feel guilty leaving mother Sully and Berna behind…
FIERTH: If you could buy anything regardless of cost, what would you buy?
MARGOH: Lady Gaga, just to have her do light dusting and wash the dishes…
FIERTH: What were you doing right before this interview?
MARGOH: Making my signature drink, a mojito, Fidel Castro taught me how to make them.
FIERTH: What were you doing last night at Midnight?
MARGOH: Yelling at my wardrobe mistress Berna Breckenridge like I do every night because she bays at the moon
FIERTH: Who was the last person you talked to last night before you went to bed?
MARGOH: My gayiance MAN-ee Champagne..well I have a secret I’ll reveal at my show Tipsy…MAN-ee is my rock
FIERTH: What do you think is the meaning of life ?
MARGOH: Kids, Life is a party so live it up and let it all hang out
FIERTH: My generation was …
MARGOH: So uncleanly, so hairy , I mean you could tease a bouffant while giving a blowjob ad rimming was like making popcorn in your mouth with all those dingleberries…
FIERTH: The kids today..
MARGOH: are so clean and conscientious with their brazillianed bungholes and plucked pubes …so fresh
FIERTH: What is your beauty secret?
MARGOH: I wash my face every night with cheap gin and fish bones…it’s an old fishmongers secret
FIERTH: What is your “Safety Word”?
FIERTH: What is your favorite song?
MARGOH: One of mine, “I’m not a drunk, I just love to drink”. I love it and it really captures who I am. The audience loves it as well so I’m very proud of it!
FIERTH: What is the worst song you have ever heard?
MARGOH: The National Anthem, it’s so boring and I don’t know what the hell Jose is looking for?
FIERTH: Who are your main inspirations?
MARGOH: There are so many but Judy Garland is the tops for me. She was a true performer and I try and take that to heart on stage. To be true. My performance muse has always been Sandra Bernhard; I love her performance style and delivery. Eartha Kitt for her sex appeal…loved her…There are so many of my facebook friends that inspire me and they know who they are. My MAN-ee inspires me every day, he has a childlike sense of adventure that is fun
FIERTH: Whom do you despise?
MARGOH: OH! dear…despise is such a strong word…I’ll keep that to myself…it motivates me…though I will say I despise scenes or cliques
FIERTH: Who do you have your eye on right now?
MARGOH: OH! I love Santiago Venegas, he is very talented and so sweet and when he sings all of that comes through, very special
FIERTH: What is the funniest joke you have ever heard?
MARGOH: I loved Totie Fields and I love the one about Shirley Temple
“Shirley temple had charisma as a child but it cleared up as an adult”
FIERTH: Ever had a rumor spread about you?
MARGOH: Yes, Shealita Babay said I ate her out but I just fingered her after a drunken film shoot…
FIERTH: What’s the strangest thing you’ve done this month?
MARGOH: I went to the Gym
FIERTH: Which causes do you believe in the most in, and why?
MARGOH: I went to the Gym
FIERTH: Let’s play a round of word association, I am going to say a word , Tell me the first thing that pops into your head.
Bitch : Linda Simpson
Money: What’s that?
Dirt :Dirty martini
Bad: Britney spears
FIERTH: What are you going to do next?
MARGOH: Write a play about my crazy life
FIERTH: Leave us a quote to carry on with
MARGOH: “Champagne is for everyday, not just New Years Eve”
How can we find out more about you : https://www.facebook.com/mobileprotection#!/margohchanning
Drunken drag diva & acclaimed vocalist brings lounge act to 42nd Street
Friday, September 28 at The Laurie Beechman
Buy tickets HERE.
MargOH! Channing brings her acclaimed show MARGOH! CHANNING IS TIPSY to The Laurie Beechman Theatre (407 West 42nd Street) for one night only — Friday, September 28, at 10:00 PM.
MARGOH! CHANNING IS TIPSY is an evening with drag superstar MargOH! Channing. This multi-character comedy features reminisces about MargOH!’s family, her gay lovers and the ups and downs of her career while tackling such subjects as rape, incest, race, political correctness, sexual orientation, and the power of Liza.
MARGOH! CHANNING IS TIPSY features MargOH!’s long time Gay fiancee Manny Champagne (Jeff Catlow-Shea), Diamond Daquiri (Crystal Rona Peterson) and the Jarad Astin Trio. The show is written and created by writer, comedian, and performance artist BT Shea, with musical direction by Jarad Astin and direction/special material by Thom Fogarty.
MargOH! Channing (BT Shea) is a writer, comedian and performance artist from Providence, Rhode Island. MargOH! now based in New York created a highly successful variety show The MargOH! Channing Show for MNN from 2003-2006 and included guests Michael Musto, Penny Arcade and Nellie McKay. MargOH! made her cabaret debut in 2007 with The MargOH! Channing Variety Hour at The D-Lounge at the Darryl Roth Theater. In 2011 MargOH! premiered her new work MargOH! Channing is Tipsy to rave reviews and made her London debut at the Phoenix Artists Club. Ms. Channing recently became a contributing writer for the nightlife zine Fierth.com and had her short story Prohibition Inhibition featured in the Coelacanth Journal.
MARGOH! CHANNING IS TIPSY takes place on Friday, September 28, at 10 PM at The Laurie Beechman Theatre (407 West 42 Street). Doors open half an hour before showtime. Tickets are $20 and are available at 212-352-3101, or online atwww.SpinCycleNYC.com. There is a $15 per person food/beverage minimum at this show with a full dinner menu and full bar available,