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On the line with... Sherry Vine

by JC Alvarez
Tuesday Nov 9, 2010

New York City is just not enough for the legendary Sherry Vine. Which is why the drag darling is taking her show on the road. "I've been on the road all year! I've got six shows in Berlin." Not that she's a stranger to her German fans. "I've preformed there quite a lot."

Sherry Vine is preparing along with Gloria Viagra, Germany's own Lady Bunny, to resurrect the glory of the Squeezebox days. "Those were the best parties ever! I did Squeezebox Berlin when I used to live there -- we're in our 7th year." Being able to relive those days of club cabaret gone by is what's currently inspiring the talented vixen to put on (as is to her credit) the best possible shows on either side of the globe.

To that point, there are wardrobe changes galore. "I've spent an entire day putting outfits together -- there's a look planned for every show." And Sherry Vine has only ever had her luggage misplaced once. "Fortunately (the luggage) arrived around 8pm... just in time to throw it all together."


A must-see act

But throwing it all together and making it all seamless is a skill not completely foreign to this drag maven. From Sherry Vine’s star-making emergence from the days of Bar d’O, the cabaret school of thought that made nightlife staples of Raven O and Joey Arias, to her current explosive internet renaissance with hit parodies of Lady Gaga’s "Telephone" and other pop music icons, Sherry Vine has synched herself an audience and a reputation among Manhattanites and gay tourists visiting New York City as a "must catch act." She’s currently sporting resident appearances from Chelsea (Sunday nights at Barracuda) to the East Side (appearances at Vig 27).

Most recently Sherry Vine hosted a brunch affair on the Jersey Shore as part of OUT in Atlantic City weekend. "I’m really lucky that I get to travel all over the place, but that level of VIP treatment," the brunch spectacular hosted by the posh Caesars in Atlantic City, "that was just incredible! They treated us really well."

And she should know. Sherry Vine has ridden the wave of the changing diorama of club culture for nearly two decades without batting an eyelash. "I moved to New York in 1992 and back then it was anything goes. It went from complete anarchy to complete fascism," Sherry Vine remember, "and now nightlife is finding its way back to the middle. It’s a bit more fun today than it was." And Sherry admits, she doesn’t think it can ever come back to that. "I just don’t think it’ll ever be that relaxed in the atmosphere to allow for that to happen. There’s just too much going on."

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Watch this parody of Lady Gaga’s "Telephone" performed by Sherry Vine:




Mixed feelings

The conservative attitude that rounded out the 90s encouraged Vine to move to Europe and submerge herself in the European club scene.

"There’s just no controlling things over there, especially Berlin." The local authorities couldn’t even reign in the "no smoking indoors ban" since club employees, including performers and DJs are the exception to the rule. "Everyone just says they work in the club. They just don’t care."

Fortunately for us, Sherry Vine couldn’t stray too far away from New York City and returned to the roost.

Her skill at comedic parody and unique performance ability has continued to brand her a stand-out among her contemporaries even as drag continues to go mainstream with competition reality shows like RuPaul’s Drag Race for example.

Sherry admits to having mixed feelings about the commercialism of the art form. "It’s certainly opened up a lot of doors, but everyone expects you to be the ’clown’ or ’the bitch’ -- you have to avoid becoming a homogenized or watered down performer. You have to push the envelope."

Adding to the popularization in the media, "on those shows, they spend way too much time bitching about one another. I want to see them perform." And in Sherry Vine’s circle, the drag community is a much tighter knit group of performers that support and even guest feature each other regularly, much to the thrill of their audiences.

"It’s a real community, but reality television always rewards the train wreck."


Most surreal moment

The most surreal moment during my interview with the drag artist was sharing workout tips with Sherry Vine. "I hate working out, but I love yoga." The recently converted yoga aficionado is committed to her practice. "I don’t want to get bigger... I only want to shred!" But Sherry has dabbled in other gym practices. She’s tried the kettle balls. "The guy at the gym said I can could get a ’Madonna body’ -- and who doesn’t want that? And then I thought: I’m just gonna kill myself." Yoga won out. "That shit was hard." Proving that there are still some things that only Madonna can do, but for Sherry Vine, when it comes to performing: "I’m going to always push it to the edge."

Sherry Vine has also fully embraced the multi-media age and joined forces with several other notable comedic personalities on the Internet. "With Queens of Drag (appearing on gay.com) we proved that people will want to see the camaraderie and the cattiness among drag queens," she shares about the internet webisodes she’s appearing in, "we have our moments of drama but it’s funny and we’re always laughing." For the uninitiated a visit to www.sherryvine.com will reveal how busily active this drag goddess is on virally winning the adulation of her fans and how spectacularly effortless she makes it all seem. "I’m very lucky," she humbly admits. As are we, for the treasure of Sherry Vine.

For a schedule of Sherry Vine’s appearance and online videos goto: www.sherryvine.com for new episodes of the web series Queens of Drag goto: www.gay.com and check out new posts regularly.




Alejandro parody: You’re a Homo featuring Sherry Vine. Directed By Francis Legge:




But Sherry has dabbled in other gym practices. She’s tried the kettle balls. "The guy at the gym said I can could get a ’Madonna body’ -- and who doesn’t want that? And then I thought: I’m just gonna kill myself."

Yoga won out. "That shit was hard." Proving that there are still some things that only Madonna can do, but for Sherry Vine, when it comes to performing: "I’m going to always push it to the edge."

Sherry Vine has also fully embraced the multi-media age and joined forces with several other notable comedic personalities on the Internet. "With Queens of Drag (appearing on gay.com) we proved that people will want to see the camaraderie and the cattiness among drag queens," she shares about the internet webisodes she’s appearing in, "we have our moments of drama but it’s funny and we’re always laughing."

For the uninitiated a visit to www.sherryvine.com will reveal how busily active this drag goddess is on virally winning the adulation of her fans and how spectacularly effortless she makes it all seem. "I’m very lucky," she humbly admits. As are we, for the treasure of Sherry Vine.

For a schedule of Sherry Vine’s appearance and online videos goto: www.sherryvine.com for new episodes of the web series Queens of Drag goto: www.gay.com and check out new posts regularly.


Native New Yorker JC Alvarez is a pop-culture enthusiast and the nightlife chronicler of the club scene and its celebrity denizens from coast-to-coast. He is the on-air host of the nationally syndicated radio show "Out Loud & Live!" and is also on the panel of the local-access talk show "Talking About".


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