SPOTLIGHT ON: HOMECOMING DRAG BRUNCH AND VARIETY SHOW
Homecoming is an indie drag showcase and stand-up comedy show rolled up into a brunch-time extravaganza! Thier first show was February 18 at Bar Nine, and my how they've grown!
In anticipation of their upcoming show with us on July 15th at 1PM, executive producer Jose Paz was nice enough to email us to discuss the live show experience, how the show came to be, and more!
BAR NINE: What is the Homecoming Brunch?
JOSE PRAZ: Homecoming is an indie drag showcase and stand-up comedy show rolled up into a brunch-time extravaganza! This is the only show in NYC that features fresh drag royalty and seasoned stand-up comics all in one setting. The drag royalty performs a combination of live singing, lip-syncing, dancing, and more. And the stand-up comics will, you know, stand up and tell jokes
We try to instill a safe space for everyone to perform and feel welcome. It's not easy to get up on that stage and try something new, so we do our best to instill that feeling of inclusivity in our audiences and make everyone feel at home. Hence the name, Homecoming.
BN: When did it start?
JP: Our first show was February 18 at Bar Nine, and my how we've grown!
BN: Who is the creator of the show?
JP: This show was conceived and is produced by friends Jose Paz and Daria Feneis. We've both known each other since college, now live together and work on this show together. Jose hosts the show as his drag persona Miss Ogyny, while Daria works all things behind the scenes and DJs during the show
BN: Who are some of the actors/comedians?
JP: We've had some amazing performers come through. Some notable stand-up comics are Marcia Belsky, Sam Taggart, Ayo Edebiri, Alyssa Wolff, Joe Castle Baker, Calvin Cato, Jon Wan, and Bobby Hankinson to name a few. As for drag, we have a combination of seasoned performers and newcomers alike. One seasoned queen Vicky Deville recently won Drag Wars AllStars at Pieces Bar, which is a weekly competition show over in the West Village. Some of our newcomers have performed at multiple shows, such as Sol, Kenya Keepup, and Glow Job
BN: Where do you see this show in 6 months? 1 Year? 5 Years?
JP: We want to do this show forever! Seriously, it's the best. We love putting this on because we also get to be audience members to these amazing performers. As for long term, we want to put this show out there for the world on video, maybe start a podcast, and just keep bringing on the talent that we've been blown away by every show
BN: Is there anything you would like to let our readers know?
JP: Rule #1 of a drag show: TIP YOUR PERFORMERS! Our drag royalty spent a lot of money on makeup and clothes so a few singles out of your pocket never hurts. Oh and when we say "drag royalty", we mean that we welcome Drag Kings, Queens, and all in between to perform at Homecoming
We're also super excited that we recently got featured in a video from NowThis highlighting drag brunches! Check it out here: https://nowthisnews.com/videos/food/drag-brunch-bridges-cultures-with-food-and-entertainment