SPARKLE & CIRCULATE Podcast With Justin Sayre Features Julian Fleisher in New Episode
SPARKLE & CIRCULATE with Justin Sayre - the official monthly podcast of the International Order of Sodomites - has posted its new episode, which features an interview with Julian Fleisher. The sophisticated vocalist, composer, bandleader, producer, actor and author discusses his albums "Rather Big" and "Finally," his book "The Drag Queens of New York: An Illustrated Field Guide"... and why he needs a boyfriend. Plus, he spills secrets about his musical collaborations with Kiki & Herb and Ana Gasteyer. And Justin sends us his best for the new year, if slightly belatedly. SPARKLE & CIRCULATE was recently named among the "10 Comedy Podcasts You Should Listen To" by Backstage. All episodes are available on iTunes HERE.
SPARKLE & CIRCULATE originally started as the online counterpart to The Meeting* hosted by Justin Sayre, the acclaimed New York comedy/variety show. In addition to catching up the I.O.S. membership on news of the day, on the podcast Justin interviews performers, writers and other creative minds of our community. Previous episodes - featuring interviews with Jake Shears, Lady Bunny, Randy Harrison, Alaska 5000, Nellie McKay, Justin Vivian Bond, Michael Musto, R&B legend Sarah Dash and more - are also available. SPARKLE & CIRCULATE is produced by Dan Fortune and Tyrus Emory, with Daniel Nolen serving as associate producer.
The Meeting* completed its eighth and final season at Joe's Pub at The Public Theater in May 2017. The show was called "delicious and delightfully droll" by The New York Post and "hilarious and sardonic" by The Village Voice. A story for Slate.com called the evening "so deliciously icy that it left me shivering with fear and delight." The 2014-15 season sold out after a New York Times "Arts & Leisure" story. The show also enjoyed successful runs at the Broadway nightclub 54 Below, the Bootleg Theater in Los Angeles, and Oasis in San Francisco.
"The Gay Agenda" - the debut comedy album from Justin Sayre - was called one of 2016's "Best Things in Comedy" by The Comedy Bureau. It's currently available on iTunes HERE and as a physical CD at www.InternationalOrderofSodomites.com
Night of a Thousand Judys - the special all-star concert presentation of The Meeting* to benefit the Ali Forney Center - will return for its seventh annual installment in June 2018. The sold-out annual concerts have featured the talents as R&B legends Martha Wash and Sarah Dash; jazz vocalists Madeleine Peyroux, Jane Monheit and Jessica Molaskey & John Pizzarelli; singer/songwriters Nellie McKay and Erin McKeown; Broadway ladies Carolee Carmello, Jackie Hoffman, Tonya Pinkins and leading men Howard McGillin, Telly Leung, Rory O'Malley and Daniel Reichard; downtown stars Justin Vivian Bond, Bridget Everett and Lady Rizo; nightlife fixtures Karen Mason, Maude Maggart and Karen Akers; and New York personalities Michael Musto, Austin Scarlett and Frank DeCaro, among many others. For more information, please visit www.AliForneyCenter.org.
Justin Sayre and The Meeting* - known for a signature blend of outrageous comedy, politics, culture and everything in between - were named among the Top nightclub shows of 2013 by Time Out New York, and received the 2012 Bistro Award for "Comedy Artistry" and a 2011 MAC Award nomination for Best Male Comedy Performance. Each month, the I.O.S gathered to honor an artist or a cultural work that is iconic to the gay community. Justin Sayre, the show's creator, writer and host, served as the Chairman of the Board of the International Order of Sodomites and brought his singular wit to essential business of the day through such regular features such as "Letters to the Chairman" and "New Rulings from the Board." To keep up to date with videos, subscribe to the I.O.S. YouTube channel.
Justin Sayre, praised for his "deeply passionate soul and acerbic wit" by The New York Times, worked as a staff writer on the CBS sitcom "2 Broke Girls" and has appeared opposite Lisa Kudrow on HBO's "The Comeback." Justin's first young adult novel, Husky - released by Penguin Books in 2015 - was called "a moving journey of self-discovery and a gratifying coming-of-age story" by Publishers Weekly. The follow-up Pretty hit bookstores last summer. Sayre's works for the theatre include Love's Refrain at LaMaMa, directed by Matthew Placek (A Portrait of Maria Abramovic at Sundance) and called a "Must-See" by Out Magazine; The Boy Sonata, presented at Hot! Queer Theatre Festival and The Wild Project; Rite of Water for Queer Pop-Up Museum; Justin Sayre Is Alive and Well...Writing at Ars Nova, which was called one of the "Top 10 Events on the New York Stage" by the New York Daily News; and The Click of the Lock which was a finalist for the Eugene O'Neill Festival and was last presented at The Players Club with Zachary Booth and Justin Vivian Bond. According to Edge Media Network: "Comedian, raconteur, performing artist, gay rights activist and sexual outlaw: I'm not sure Justin Sayre is classifiable. The veteran performer is on his way to becoming a Downtown Manhattan institution along the lines of Charles Ludlum or Charles Busch."
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