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posted Friday, July 9, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 28
Bacon Strip unique, perverted, and hilarious
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Bacon Strip unique, perverted, and hilarious

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

Bacon Strip
First Saturday
of the month
Re-bar


Who doesn't like bacon? I mean, seriously, bacon is like the best thing on earth. Anyone who knows me can tell you I like bacon with my eggs and comedy with my drag queens, which is exactly why Sylvia O'Stayformore's infamous Bacon Strip has become one of my must-dos for weekend entertainment. If you had any sense at all, or good taste for bad taste, then you'll agree: This Gay variety show is delicious!

According to Sylvia, the show's creator, Bacon Strip has been going since the first Saturday night of November, 2005. "I had been frustrated at the lack of really creative performance outlets in Seattle, and finding my personal bookings kind of light, I decided it would be good to start a monthly show," she told SGN. "So I sat down with some friends and came up with Bacon Strip."

What Sylvia and her friends created is an ever-changing monthly drag show that serves up laughter, costumes, and outrageous acts inside the infamous Re-bar. And ,of course, besides the endless list of talented and creative performers, Bacon Strip would not be complete with Meat Man Raymondo who walks around with serving trays dripping with - you guessed it - bacon.

"My goal is having fun, and to create a loving and interesting environment for all," Sylvia said. "Celebrate craziness."

On July 3, I attended my first Bacon Strip. I knew from the show's lineup - Eva Androgyny, Mark "Mom" Finley, and Aleksa Manilla, to name a few - that this was going to be an amazing show. The July theme (each month has a different theme) was "Real Drag Queens of Capitol Hill." What I wasn't expecting, but was pleasantly surprised with, was the creativity that went into the acts. I love me a good old-fashioned drag show - but what Homo Arigato, Maxine Delacunt, Disgrace Jones, Otter Pop, and Kerry & James served up was nothing short of performance art at its finest. Unique, perverted, and laugh-out-loud hilarious, Bacon Strip does what some shows fall short of: entertaining the audience from start to finish. Plus, as an added bonus, there's a pretty kick-ass dance party immediately following the show. Far from pretentious, the performers, as well as the iconic Sylvia O'Stayformore, can be found mingling with guests, having a cocktail, and shaking a tail feather before and after the show.

"I think Bacon Strip works because it is not your typical drag show," Sylvia told SGN. "It puts a new spin on the old vaudeville shows. I believe that the certain shock factor it adds makes the audience think and laugh. I also think that the performers themselves love the show because they get to push the envelope and have a great time doing so."

Sylvia says that over the past few months, she's noticed the show is drawing in a whole new crowd of people. "I believe that Seattle has been missing a show like this," she said, "and Bacon Strip fills that void."

Sylvia said that without Re-bar, Bacon Strip never would have gotten off the ground. "The management was kind enough to find a weekend night that I could do this," she told SGN.

Due to the five-year success of Bacon Strip, Sylvia says that Re-bar is giving her a chance to try out a new show this fall.

Sylvia says she is thankful for the support Seattle has given her over the past years along with all the performers and audience members who've been loyal fans of Bacon Strip.

For more information about Sylvia O'Stayformore, visit the drag superstar online at www.stayformore.com. Also, check out the Bacon Strip Facebook fan page at www.facebook.com/baconstripseattle.

"I want the SGN readers to know I am here to support the community," she concluded. "Bacon Strip is here to make Seattle laugh and will continue with all new shows. Thank you, Seattle, we love you!"

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