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Call Answered: Conference Call: Brad Loekle & Julie Goldman: "Gay Bash!" at The Laurie Beechman Theatre

Brad Loekle, Photo Credit: Ana OchoaphotoJulie Goldman, Photo Credit: Connie KurtewFrom one former comedian to two current comedians, this was one funny interview with out gay comics Brad Loekle (NBC's Last Comic Standing) & Julie Goldman (Bravo's The People's Couch) who are coming to The Laurie Beechman Theatre in February with the double-bill show Gay Bash!.

Brad & Julie bring their unique comedy stylings to NYC's Laurie Beechman Theatre (407 West 42nd Street, between 9th & 10th Avenue, inside the basement of the West Bank Cafe) for an evening of laughter! Gay Bash! will be performed for one-night-only on Friday, February 2 at 7pm. Click here for tickets!

For more on Brad visit and follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

For more on Julie follow her on Facebook and Twitter, and Instagram!

1. Who or what inspired you to become comedians?

Brad Loekle: I started doing Comedy to shut up all the people in my life that said, “you should be a comedian!”. To no one’s surprise, but my own, people were right! I fell in love with it immediately and threw myself head first into the abandoned swimming pool of Comedy!

Julie Goldman: I was definitely inspired as a kid by Mel Brooks HUGELY and then there was Joan Rivers of course, Carol Burnett, Harvey Korman…Mel Brooks was probably the biggest though. I was OBSESSED with his movies. Particularly History of The World Part 1 and I would re-enact my favorite scenes for my family and I'm sure they wanted to throw me in the river...

Brad Loekle2. This February you are both headlining Gay Bash at The Laurie Beechman Theatre. What are you looking forward to about this evening of comedy?

Brad Loekle: The chicken Caesar salad I’ll have right before I go on as the obligatory complimentary entree you get when you headline anywhere. Wait, do they have a chicken ceasar salad, if not Julie’s doing a solo hour and I’m going to Olive Garden.

Julie Goldman: I'm looking forward to sharing the theater with Brad. There are few comedians I enjoy watching and who really make me laugh anymore and this gentle gay sir is one of them. It's going to be a fun night for sure. I've also never performed at The Laurie Beechman and I'm really excited as I've heard such great things about the space.

3. Since you are performing on the same show, how do you feel your comedy styles are similar to be double billed?

Brad Loekle: From the first time I met Julie I felt like we were angry, sexually inappropriate twins separated at birth. She actually said to me, on our first road gig together, "I hate all new people I meet but I’m almost scared of how much I like you." This is, in my experience, the closest a Jewish lesbian can come to affection and it chokes me up just thinking about it.

Julie Goldman: I think our styles really compliment each other. WE certainly have a similar POV on the world but I think we have different enough styles that it's really fun and different for the audience.

Brad LoekleJulie Goldman4. What makes your comedy unique?

Brad Loekle: Most of my material is very autobiographical. I’m not talking about food shopping or airplane food. It’s just not my thing. And I think when it’s all stuff from your life, it’s hard for other people to steal it and it makes it easier to stand out. I don’t know anyone else who has a joke about their dad asking them to blow a cop to get out of a ticket. Except, maybe Seinfeld.

Julie Goldman: I do it all in German. I think this is hard question to answer. I can say my comedy is specific to me and is very personal, so in that regard I guess thats what makes it unique.

5. Since the show is called Gay Bash, what is your favorite way to party?

Brad Loekle: Call me a traditionalist but I’m always a fan of hookers and blow! Kidding...ish. Honestly, a great night out is sitting in the corner of a bar with Julie figuring out world peace and trying to guess what various celebrities sexual kinks are. I’m convinced Helen Mirren is into choke sex.

Julie Goldman: Drugs.

Julie Goldman & Brandy Howard, Writing Partner/Bravo Co-Star, on “The Poeple’s Couch”, Photo Credit: BravoBrad Loekle's "Electroshock Therapy"6. How do you feel the world of comedy has changed for out comics over the past eight or so years?

Brad Loekle: Well, though there still aren’t many of us (gay comics), there were a hell of a lot less of us a decade ago. I think it’s A LOT easier for out comics in the actual comedy club scene than it used to be. When I started it was mostly alt rooms where out comics were given chances and able to build an act.

Julie Goldman: I think it’s so different. I think the landscape for women comedians and LGBT comedians has changed. I think it's more open in some ways as far as the audiences are concerned. Hearing someone gay at this point is old news. Boring. Average. You better identify as a Trans Shark gender queer non binary  asexual Sponge if you wanna get a rise out of anyone now.

7. What would advice would you give to an aspiring gay comic?

Brad Loekle: It wouldn’t be different that the advice I’d give a straight comic, really. I’d tell them that if they would be suicidally miserable if they did anything other than Comedy, then go spend about 3-5 years doing every shitty little show and open mic you can get on to see if you’re any good. It takes about that long to see if the person really has sustainable talent AND if they are built to handle all the that job is offstage, as well. But if you can be happy living any other life...go be happy. Comedy is for people who read the story of Sisyphus and thought, "that’s the life for me! Where do I sign up?!"

Julie Goldman: GO to medical School.

Brad LoekleMore on Brad:

Brad Loekle was a semi-finalist in season 9 of NBC's Last Comic Standing. But TV audiences may also recognize Brad from the past 7 years on TruTV’s hit original series, World’s Dumbest. Brad's snarky wit was also put to good use as a writer for comedy icon Joan River's on E!'s Fashion Police. In 2016, he was one of the stars of Logo TV's Bianca's Comedy Cabaret a comedy special hosted by Drag Race winner, Bianca Del Rio. Brad has also made appearances on an assortment of shows on E!, VH1, MTV, Logo and many more! Radio listeners will recognize Brad’s voice as a longtime guest co-host on SiriusXM's Morning Jolt w/ Larry Flick or his regular appearances on The Frank DeCaro Show. Aside from touring the country regularly, he also produced one of the longest running weekly comedy shows in NYC The Electroshock Comedy Hour at Therapy Lounge ran for 8 years and was featured in The New York Times, Time Out, New York Magazine, Next, HX and many others. Now an LA transplant, Brad performs and produces shows regularly in LA, San Diego & San Francisco. He also currently performs regularly with Atlantis Events & RSVP Vacations. Since 2010, Brad has travelled to more than 30 countries while entertaining tens of thousands of Atlantis & RSVP guests alongside such notable artists as: Patti Lupone, Sutton Foster, Vanessa Williams, Kathy Griffin, Lea DeLaria, Leslie Jordan and many more.

Julie GoldmanMore on Julie:

Julie Goldman is currently a series regular on Bravo's hit series The People's Couch. She was the star of LOGO's Big Gay Sketch Show, and is a former comedy writer on E!'s Fashion Police. She is the  winner of the NewNowNext Brink of Fame Comic Award, and the MAC Award for Best Headlining Comedian in NYC. Julie has been garnering massive attention around the country headlining stand up in clubs, colleges and headlining and working beside Sarah Silverman, Lewis Black, and Jeff Garlin. She has performed at Montreal's prestigious Just for Laughs comedy festival, on Broadway in Laughing Liberally, and emceeing Puppetry of the Penis. She is a favorite on Olivia cruises and 'R Family Vacations and has appeared doing stand up on Logo, and Comedy Central. You may have also caught her performing a duet with Jane Lynch on VH-1’s Do Something Awards, on Bones, or on RuPaul's Drag Race.


Call Answered: Graham J at The Laurie Beechman Theatre

Graham JI am so excited to get to interview international singer, Graham J, who will be making his US debut at The Laurie Beechman Theatre this January! Graham J is fast gaining an international reputation as one of the finest singer/songwriters of his generation. Acclaimed for his highly emotional interpretations, outstanding and unique vocals, and his eclectic mix of repertoire, his music is being played on stations throughout the UK, USA and Canada.

Of his NYC debut, Graham says while his music has universal appeal, it is written from the point of view of his life as a gay bear. He considers himself to be a torch singer. Graham J will present his one-night-only US debut at The Laurie Beechman Theatre on January 26 at 7pm. Click here for tickets!

For more on Graham be sure to visit and follow him on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram!

1. Who or what inspired you to become a singer? This probably sounds a bit strange but my family tells me I was singing before I could talk. My parents say that I’d run up and down my cot all night singing. Much to their annoyance. When I got older I just new I wanted to sing. I liked that when I sang people paid attention to me. I suppose you can call it middle child syndrome. I was always fascinated by big personalities on screen and stage. Instinctively drawn to the theatricality and glamour of singers like Shirley Bassey, Liza Minelli, Sinatra and Tony Bennett. The same can be said of the great classical singers such as Callas, Sutherland and Pavarotti. I was spellbound by the way they’d tell a story and hold an audience in the palm of their hand. I always knew that this was what I wanted to do.

2. This January you are making your USA cabaret debut at The Laurie Beechman Theatre. What made now the right time to do this? Hubris? Stupidity? I’m only joking. It’s long been a dream of mine to perform on Broadway. When David Goodman from Bear World Media approached me with the idea of showcasing my music in the USA I jumped at the chance. He’s been an incredible champion of mine over the last year and a half. I felt that if he was willing to put his neck on the line for me I’d be foolish to say no. I’ve been having moderate success in Europe for the last few years. The BBC has been very good to me. I’ve been conducting a network tour for the last year. It’s now time to test myself in a bigger arena. The sophisticated NYC audience has long been both the cradle and graveyard for many artists. To paraphrase RuPaul they value "Charisma, Uniqueness and Talent." My music is quite unique as it blends various elements jazz, classical and pop. I’m also a big hairy white guy with a genre(ly) confused Diva trapped inside. It’s time to test my metal.

Graham J3. What are you most excited & nervous about with this premiere? I’m most excited about sharing my original music with a new audience. I’m also most nervous about this. My songs cover a wide variety of topics. They can be about love, war and everything in between. It’s always a terrifying thing for an artist to reveal their inner life. We want to be loved and respected but that also comes with the fear of rejection and criticism.

4. Since this is your first time performing in the US, what should people know about you before coming to see this show? My shows are an eclectic mix of repertoire. They incorporate my own original songs with a mix of standards, showtunes and reimagined pop songs. There’s always a slant or an unexpected twist. You never know what you’ll get. I also try to add humour to my show. You’ll laugh and cry and hopefully come away a lot happier. My voice is also a quite wide-ranging alto which allows me to play with lots of vocal colours and effects.

5. While your music is universal, you have said it is written from the viewpoint of being a gay bear. What is one song that you wrote that surprised you people related to? That’s a tough one. I’d say it’s a toss between "Love Lies Bleeding At My Feet" and "Always By Your Side." I wrote "Love Lies" in about twenty minutes. I was reading a lot of distressing headlines in the news and the song came to me. The morning it aired on radio in Ireland I received a beautiful e-mail from a Catholic Priest. He told me that he was really moved by the message of the song which is that we all have to love one another and put aside our differences. "Always" is a fragment from a musical I’ve started to write. It’s about Robbie Ross’s infatuation and unrequited love of Oscar Wilde. A lot of people both gay and straight, male and female have approached me about it. I suppose we all hanker after the one that never was.

6. Your debut album is called Wild Is. Playing with the title, what is the wildest thing you've done both on stage & in your life thus far that made you go, "Whoa, that was crazy!"? Where to start? Is this a family friendly article? Lol! I suppose one of the maddest things I’ve ever done on stage belongs to my past as a classical singer. I used to sing as a guest soloist with the Belfast Bach Cantata Consort. My host/ the organiser held a very boozy lunch before we went on. She had us drinking gin and wine from very, very early. Let’s just say that I was very chilled by the time the performance came. I’ve listened to the recording, it was some of my best singing so it can’t have been that bad for me lol. In my personal life as an exercise in confidence building I took part in an erotic photoshoot. I was in various states of dress and undress throughout. The result of which has actually crossed over into my musical life. For the craic I recorded a dance version of Shirley Bassey’s "Never,Never,Never." If you search for it, you’ll see me sitting on a chair pretending to smoke a cigar while wearing a bowler hat and a leather chest harness. It’s very Liza.

7. Your music has been described as having a sense of mourning, loss and ultimately resolution. What do you mourn today? What has been your greatest loss? What is one of your resolutions for this New Year? I don’t think I’m any longer in a state of mourning as such. Obviously, we always reflect on the past and the what ifs and the what could and should have been. At present I’m the most positive and happy I’ve been in a long time. I’m living and singing my truth. My greatest loss was that of my partner Declan. He lost his battle with depression a few years ago. His death shook me to my core and made me look at my life. It made me finally decide to be true to myself. I decided to leave classical singing and move into Jazz and Cabaret. I decided all I wanted was to sing and to be happy. I’m an entertainer at heart and I want to make people forget their troubles for an hour or two. As for my resolutions, this year I’ve decided to teach myself the guitar. Heaven help the neighbours. They’ve already put up with hours of singing and piano.

8. Let's have some fun with two song titles off your debut album Wild Is. First, "Life on Mars." What is your vision of what "Life on Mars" is like? It’s very theatrical, dramatic and gets very high. Very Vaudevillian. I was inspired to tackle it after seeing Jessica Lange perform it in American Horror Story Freak Show. I was sitting up in bed the night it aired and thought it was the coolest thing I’d ever seen.

9. Another song on your album is "Into My Arms." If you could have anything come into your arms right now, what would hope it would be? I’m going to be a bit cheeky with this. If I could have anything I wanted I suppose it would have to be a multimillion dollar record deal. I’m technically an "indie" artist. I wear a lot of sequins, they cost a fortune!

10. Let's end this interview on looking towards the future. I read that you will be working on some new music to be released this year. What can you tell us about this new work? I’ve been very fortunate. The BBC asked me to record a song for a new documentary about how Irish music and musicians have influenced life in Liverpool. There’s an amazing cast of other performers including Elvis Costello, Christy Moore and Chris Hawkins. I’ve also busy writing a lot of new material. I’ve written a new love song called Déjà Vu. I’m very lucky to have a close group of very good friends. Two of them came over to a show I was doing in London. Afterwards we were drinking cocktails in a private members club in Soho. I was watching how they unconsciously checked in on each other. By the time I’d flown home to Dublin I’d written the song. It’s receiving its premiere at my show in the Laurie Beechman. There are also plenty of other new songs dealing with all sorts of topics. You’ll just have to come and listen.

Graham JMore on Graham J:

Graham J. is fast gaining an international reputation as one of the finest singer/songwriters of his generation. Acclaimed for his highly emotional interpretations, outstanding and unique vocals and his eclectic mix of repertoire. His music is being played on stations throughout the UK, USA and Canada. Graham's first album Wild Is received much acclaim with four and five star reviews from magazines such as Maverick Magazine and Blues Matters.

On his debut album Wild Is...Graham explores elements of jazz, blues, classical and alternative contemporary. The avant-garde, almost vaudevillian, presentation underlies themes of evolution and transformation which define the work. The strictures of Graham's extensive operatic career as a rarely found tenore contraltino, though strongly acknowledged, are overthrown by his love of a broader breadth of influences including Nina Simone, Shirley Bassey and Karen Carpenter. A sense of mourning, loss and ultimately resolution permeate Graham's choice of repertoire echoing the work of truly indefinable characters like Rufus Wainright, Antony and the Johnsons, Bjork.

Graham was approached by BBC 6 Music and BBC Merseyside to record his own version of Ian Prowse’s "Does This Train Stop on Merseyside." This recording will feature as part of a new documentary about how Irish Artists have influenced musical life in Liverpool. Graham J’s performance will be featured alongside contributions from major musical artists including Elvis Costello, Christy Moore and Miles Hunt.

2018 will bring exciting new material to be released.



Call Answered: Facetime interview with the cast of "Afterglow": Brandon Haagenson, Patrick Reilly, Joe Chisholm

Call Me Adam & the cast of "Afterglow" (from left to right: Brandon Haagenson, Patrick Reilly, Joe Chisholm)To combat this frigid cold NYC weather, come watch my hot & steamy interview with the cast of the hit Off-Broadway show Afterglow, currently playing at The Loft at The Davenport Theatre (354 West 45th Street, between 8th & 9th Avenue).

Afterglow is a raw, one-act play exploring the emotional, intellectual, & physical connections between three men & the broader implications within their relationships.

"Josh" and "Alex," a married couple in an open relationship, invite "Darius" to share their bed one night. When a new intimate connection begins to form, all three men must come to terms with their individual definitions of love, loyalty, and trust as futures are questioned, relationships are shaken, and commitments are challenged. Click here for tickets!

For more on Afterglow be sure to visit and follow the show on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

Call Me Adam's hot & steamy interview with the cast of the hit Off-Broadway show Afterglow



Call Answered: Charles Socarides: "20th Century Blues" & "When We Rise"

Charles Socarides, Photo Credit: Rachel ShaneEarlier this year, I was immersed in the ABC mini-series When We Rise. It was heartbreaking, uplifting, & inspirational all at the same time! One of the actors that caught my eye was Charles Socarides, who played his real-life brother "Richard" in the mini-series, as they are the sons of Charles W. Socarides, the American psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, physician, educator and author who focused much of his career on the study of homosexuality, which he believed could be altered.

Needless to say, when I was offered the opportunity to interview Charles, I rose to the occasion. Charles is currently starring as "Simon" in Susan Miller's 20th Century Blues, directed by Emily Mann. 20th Century Blues is about four women who meet once a year for a photo shoot, chronicling their changing (and aging) selves as they navigate through love, careers, children, and major world events. But, when these private photographs have the potential to go public, their relationships are tested, forcing the women to confront who they are, what they’ve become, and how they’ll deal with whatever lies ahead.

20th Century Blues plays at The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center in NYC (480 West 42nd Street, between 9th & 10th Avenue) through January 28. Click here for tickets!

For more on Charles be sure to visit and follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

For more on 20th Century Blues visit and follow the show on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? Probably being a NYC kid and seeing amazingly live theatre performances growing up. I was aware from an early age that this was a thing people did.

2. You are currently starring in 20th Century Blues at NYC's Signature Theatre. What attracted you to this show? Emily Mann reached out to me, and I am a huge fan of hers. Then I read Susan’s play and fell in love with the role of "Simon."

3. What do you relate to most about your character "Simon"? What is one characteristic of his you are glad yourself you don't possess? I can definitely relate to "Simon’s" closeness to his mother. I’m lucky enough to have an awesome mom to whom I could say almost anything. And "Simon" is a really good guy but he seems like a workaholic. I’m trying to be less of that in my real life.

4. Let's break down this plot a little bit. In this show there are four women with forty years of friendship and one afternoon that could end it all. If you only had one afternoon left, how would you spend it? I’d probably want to go somewhere dramatic and amazing with my best friends and family and just explore. Like Macchu Piccu or the Grand Canyon. Victoria Falls. Someplace I’ve never been.

Charles Socarides and Polly Draper in "20th Century Blues", Photo Credit: Joan Marcus5. The women also meet once a year to have their pictures taken and these private phots have the potential to go public. I have two questions for you about this. One, what is the most private thing you are now willing to make public? Two, what is the one picture you have on your phone that you would never want to go public? I mean, maybe there are a couple of risqué photos on my phone somewhere but the most embarrassing stuff is probably just the stuff that shows how basic I am. Like a million drafts of an Instagram post. Or too many photos of something I cooked. 😬

6. I do have to switch gears now and ask you about When We Rise, which I loved! My jaw dropped upon learning you are the son of the psychoanalyst Charles Socarides & that you played your real-life brother in this mini series. What was it like to audition for something you actually lived through? What kind of discussions did you have with your brother prior to filming and after? I'm so glad you liked it! It was the craziest audition I’ve ever had. I had to compete against other actors doing an audition scene in which my own father was a character. I’m very very very glad I got it.

My brother Richard and I are very close so he was of course pulling for me to get it. Once I did, he totally let me pick his brain and was so open about revisiting this difficult (but defining) time in his life. We are definitely closer as a result of When We Rise. I think we both appreciate the opportunity to have bonded through this experience. And we got to contribute to an important, beautiful project at the same time.

Guy Pearce (left) as "Cleve Jones" and Charles Socarides (right) as "Richard Socarides" in Dustin Lance Black's "When We Rise", Photo Credit: Eike Schroter/ABC7. How did you mentally prepare for this role? What was the hardest day of filming? It was surprisingly hard to prepare! I wanted to do all of the research I could but then also let go of all of it so I could play the character as written. So I researched a lot and then just prayed I could actually behave like a human being.

I was tested right away on my first night of shooting when we filmed the scene where Richard comes out to our father. I was very nervous because Richard was on set. I really had to separate myself to stay calm!

8. I feel like this interview is leaning more towards serious, so I would like to lighten things up. I read on your website that as a child you were terrified of vomiting. What part of vomiting were you actually afraid of? Are you still scared of throwing up today? Haha no I got over that. (And I should update my website - thank you Adam). I got terrible food poisoning as a kid and for some reason it stuck with me for a long time. That moment when you know you’re going to be sick is never any fun. Though you feel so much better after!

9. I also read you are obsessed with learning how to cook. What are your top 3-5 meals you really want to master? When I can I come judge your cooking? (hahaha) I recently crushed some pumpkin pancakes that were sooo good. I will also say I make really good chili. That’s probably my top. I make these stuffed tuna melts that are delish as well. To be honest, all of my recipes are pretty basic so far. I’m trying to expand. Then I’ll invite you over!

Charles Socarides More on Charlie:

Earlier this year, Charles was a lead on the ABC miniseries When We Rise. Other recent film and television credits include Madam Secretary, The Good Wife, and the feature Bad Hurt. His theatre credits include KINGS (Women's Project), SONS OF THE PROPHET (Roundabout), RED (opposite Tim Daly, Dorset, Broadway World Best Actor), TRUST (Second Stage), THE MARRIAGE OF BETTE AND BOO (Roundabout), INDIAN BLOOD (Primary Stages), TWELFTH NIGHT (Pig Iron), GUADALUPE IN THE GUEST ROOM (Two River) and Colt Coeur's production of HOW TO LIVE ON EARTH.



Call Answered: Rick Skye: "Bazazz! A Sequined Variety" at Don't Tell Mama

Rick Skye, Photo Credit: Trevor SwingleLiza Minnelli is one of the most impersonated icons of our time. Everyone who pays homage to her brings their own flair & talent with it. When I was introduced to Rick Skye, one of the world's most well known Liza impersonators, I just had to "Ring Them Bells" and find out more.

Rick, who's show Judy and Liza Together Again just finished a seven year run at Don't Tell Mama this past June, is already returning to the venue with a new monthly variety show called Bazazz! A Sequined Variety. In addition to Rick, November's show will feature Steven Brinberg as Barbra Streisand and entertainer Sidney Myer. Cabaret favorite Ricky Ritzel is the evening’s Musical Director.

Bazazz! A Sequened Variety will play Don't Tell Mama (343 West 46th Street, between 8th & 9th Avenue) on Saturday, November 25 at 8pm. Click here for tickets!

Designed by Andy Drachtenberg1. Besides Liza Minnelli, who or what inspired you to become a performer? I think you are born a performer and the performers who came before you set the bar for the type of artist you want to grow into. I was initially inspired by all the MGM Musicals, I Love Lucy, Judy, Cher, Bette Midler, all the brilliant Broadway shows that had stars that glittered and belted it out. I love a song and dance Diva that holds the audience for two hours with the force of her unique, individual personality. Shows used to revolve around those and it was my ambition to be able to do that. There isn't a school for that. "You either have it, or you've had it" to quote Mama Rose. The important thing is to get up anywhere and everywhere and perform for the experience. You need a lot of tricks in your bag to be able to keep that audience from fidgeting - especially NOW. So, I absorbed everything from the last generation of performers, but, all that set aside - Judy Garland has been my lifelong inspiration and muse in all things. The "World's Greatest Entertainer."

2. You recently started a monthly variety show at Don't Tell Mama called Bazazz! A Sequined Variety. When did you get the idea to start this show? I didn't! I had been performing in a show entitled Judy and Liza Together Again that ran most Saturday nights at Don't Tell Mama for almost seven years! It just kept running and running and then it finally ended last June. The managers at Don't Tell Mama contacted me in September and said that it just "hadn't been the same" on Saturday nights without a big show in the back room and would I consider doing a Variety show, as Liza, once a month that could turn into a long running thing. I was skeptical at first because there were other things I wanted to pursue at the time, but sometimes you "walk through the door that is open," ya know? So, I said, "Yes!" and kept my fingers crossed.

Rick Skye as Liza Minnelli3. What do you like about this format as opposed to putting together a one man show? I am really enjoying working with choreographer Kyle Rostan and the dancers. We do a really razzle dazzle opening number called "Bazazz," which is a song written by Liza's Godmother Kay Thompson with four part Jazz harmonies and it's just PURE JOY from start to finish. Opening night it really set the audience up for a good time. I also get to do Kander and Ebbs "Arthur in the Afternoon" from The Act, a show that Liza won the Tony Award for. I want to put in more numbers with me and the boys as time goes on. They are all talented and full of "Bazazz!" (which is a word Kay Thompson coined for the film Funny Face - it's a blending of "Bazaar" and "Pizazz," but you knew that, 'natch).

4. This month's show (November 25) features Barbra Streisand impersonator Steven Brinberg and entertainer Sidney Myer. What are you looking forward to most about having them on the show? For Steven and I it will be a sweet reunion. We have performed together many times, most notably in London for four spectacular, sold out nights at the Leicester Square Theater and at the Dublin Theater Festival. We both want to sing "Face to Face" from War Paint in "Bazazz!" and I'm going to move heaven and earth to try and make that happen. Sidney Myer is always a unique present whenever he graces a stage, so I am hoping he will add a little spice to the mix. He is a legend in Cabaret circles, so that's a lot of legends on one stage!

Rick Skye as Liza Minnelli5. Also on this variety show, you will be performing as Liza Minnelli, which you have been heralded for. What was it about Liza that made you want to impersonate her? Well, the way it began had nothing to do with "wanting" to impersonate her. I wrote a song for a "Liza" character to sing in a revue that I wrote called MaCabaret - A Tabloid Fable. All the actors played five parts, so they were either onstage performing or changing their clothes. Nobody was available in the middle of the show to sing this one song.  So, I plopped on a wig, made a red slash of a mouth, threw on a sequined schmatte and did the song and it brought down the house. When the show closed, I kept singing that song in a comedy night and week after week people told me that I should do more. So, finally I wrote a show called A Slice O' Minnelli and did a whole evening. Since she has always been my spirit animal it was a thrill to finally be able to exercise that electric style of performing fully.

6. What is the hardest part about impersonating her? The inside is easier for me because I am an actor and the way she is is basically the way I am. It was the outside that I always have a struggle with. I try week after week to make my face, which is almost the exact opposite of hers, to look like her. I want to do the character justice. The clothes all have to be custom made. Her look is so iconic that you have to get the details right, especially in a show where the audience is looking at you for an hour and a half. There has to be a moment in every evening where the audience buys into it and their belief takes over and they begin to think you REALLY look like her, or REALLY sound like her, when, in fact, there is a little magic involved. So I try to perfect as much of the "outside" as I can ahead of time. That is hard.

Rick Skye as Liza Minnelli7. Has Liza Minnelli herself ever see your impersonation of her? If so, what was her reaction? If not, would you want that to happen? Liza hasn't ever seen me and if she were to see me I would hope she would know that the deep love I have for her is what informs every detail of my performance. Even when I make little jokes at the expense of her public persona, because, after all, that is the only thing one really knows about, they are done on the sly and with great affection. I try to capture and bring to the audience what is great about her. She has given me so many nights of thrilling entertainment that I hope, in my own way and with my OWN talent, I can approximate that type of evening for my audiences.

8. Liza is very famous for her rendition of "New York, New York." So, what are some of your favorite things to do in NYC? I always say, "Aren't I lucky to live in my favorite city?" I love to wander the streets with a cup of coffee on an early Sunday morning and wave to Radio City Music Hall, go to a street fair, eat in Little Italy, watch a Joan Crawford movie at the Film Forum, have lunch with Charles Busch and dish the dirt, go to Happy Hour at The Monster and sing all the old songs, take a twirl on the dance floor, go to an Off-Broadway Show, stroll through Central Park and, well, you get the idea...

9. What have you learned about Liza Minnelli from impersonating her that the average person wouldn't know? That she must be made out of iron. To be a star of that magnitude, the amount of discipline and energy that goes into those gargantuan performances really takes an enormous amount of energy. The timing of your day, when to eat, when to begin make up, the whole day revolves around show after show and then travel and then greeting people after and getting enough rest and the stress of keeping everyone together and rehearsals etc. It takes a very special kind of person who would rather perform than do anything else to try and hold such an enterprise together.

10. If you could sing a duet with Liza Minnelli, on one of her songs, which one would you choose? I think it would have to be "A Quiet Thing." First of all, we wouldn't both have to scream over each other and secondly it holds a lot of meaning to people whenever they hear it. And we could harmonize, so there's that. That would be a dream come true. And a very "quiet thing"...

Rick SkyeMore on Rick:

Rick Skye is a multi-award winning performer who has enjoyed international success. Training with the Joffrey Ballet and the famed Stella Adler, Rick toured the US with Ann Reinking and Sandy Duncan in The American Dance Machine Show and in the Kennedy Center Production of Miss Liberty. He acted with Dorothy Louden in a role written especially for him by Paul Zindel in Danny and Della. He did a stint on All My Children and appeared in the film The Cater Waiter starring David Drake. His friendship with Neil Sedaka led to his writing and starring in The Flip Side of Neil Sedaka which earned him a nomination as "Best Newcomer" by The Manhattan Association of Cabarets. His revue, MaCabaret - a tabloid fable ran for nine months in New York and in 2008 he created a new revue entitled The War of the Mama Roses - the Ultimate Audition for GYPSY starring some of the world's foremost impersonators and which enjoyed a successful run in New York. He joined forces with the legendary "Madame" of "Wayland Flowers and Madame" fame and toured the U.S. with Its Madame with an E! which he wrote and starred in. The duo played Resorts International in Atlantic City, the Suncoast Casino in Las Vegas, The RRAZZ Room in San Francisco as well as Feinstein's at the Regency in New York City. He was a contributing writer and performer of Bawdy! - Off Broadway's Biggest Little Vaudeville and most recently won acclaim for creating and directing Sacred Monster a hyperemotional evening of song, drama and comedy starring Billy Lykken.