Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Drag365: Show #7- The Late Late Show at Hardware

Marti Gould Cummings // photo by Michael Block
Day: Sunday, January 7th    

Show: The Late Late Show 

Location: Hardware

Queens Seen: Marti Gould Cummings (@martigcummings), Haireola Grande (@haireolagrande), Izzy Uncut (@izzyuncut)

Haireola Grande // photo by Michael Block
She’s an international comedy queen and tv star who spends her Sunday nights graciously putting a spotlight on the emerging queens of NYC. The Late Late Show with Marti Gould Cummings is a wonderful showcase for the new queens on the scene who get to spend an hour or so with a seasoned vet, performing numbers and entertaining the kids who don’t have to work in the morning. It’s not a Marti show without the following things happening. First, she plugs her show Shade: Queens of NYC because why? She’s a smart business woman. Second, her wig comes off at some point. It took the crazy drag suicide for that to happen!
Izzy Uncut // photo by Michael Block
While Marti is the title queen, her willingness to allow emerging queens their chance to show their stuff at one of the city’s premiere venues is just another example of how she gives back to the community. This show featured a double bill with Haireola Grande, who matched Marti in her first look and then was deemed PATH train sheek in her second, and Izzy Uncut, who flails her body on the Hardware concrete floor seemingly without a single bruise. This lineup was a wonderful compliment for one another. Haireola is a bearded comedy queen with a knack for a tight lipstick while Izzy is a quintessential dancing queen who isn’t afraid to serve you trick after flip after stunt after split. As someone who has frequented The Late Late Show recently, there is something that happens there that gives these emerging performers the artistic kick in the ass to keep putting themselves out there. If you look at the roster of girls Marti has showcased, these are the queens who are hungry for more.