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Q&A: ‘A John Waters Christmas’ Comes to Orlando

John Waters / Greg Gorman

Like a damaged St. Nick for the Christmas corrupted, John Waters – legendary filmmaker (“Female Trouble”, “Hairspray”, “Serial Mom”), raconteur and author of bestselling books, Carsick, Role Models and Make Trouble – hitchhikes into town with a bag full of sticks and stones for the devoted and the damned, spreading Yuletide profanity and perverted piety with his critically acclaimed one-man show, “A John Waters Christmas”.  This rapid-fire “trigger warning” for holiday traditionalists asks the questions, “Is Prancer the only gay reindeer?”, “Is it wrong to steal purses from cars in graveyard parking lots on Christmas Eve while mourners leave flowers?”, “Has Santa ever been nude?”, and, most importantly, “Should you disrupt living crèche celebrations this year in the name of political action?”  Miracles really do happen at Yuletide, even if they’re false, and Waters prays for a Gaspar Noé Christmas film, and a new sex club that encourages gay men and lesbians to have sex with each other for the very first time. 

Delving into his love for the annual December warning list of “Unsafe Toys to Give Your Child” and his hatred for email Christmas cards, The Easter Bunny, and any kind of holiday “food issues”, the Pope of Trash will give you a Cool Yule like no other.  You better watch out, you better cry!  John Waters, the People’s Pervert, is coming to town, and will be at show at Plaza Live on Monday December 17 in Orlando.

When did you start your annual Christmas Show, and how did it come about?

I would say about 14 or 15 years ago at the Castro Theater. I was asked to do a Christmas show based on why I love Christmas, and it just grew from that.

Does it change every year?

I re-write stuff every year as and I come up with new jokes…

I re-write the show every year, and I have to come up with lots of new jokes. It would be boring to me, and I am sure to the audience, if I just performed the same show every year. I just finished writing it in Sept and I haven’t learned it yet.

What is different in the 2018 Christmas Show?

Lots, that’s why I rewrite it….I don’t want people to hear the same joke. The structure is the same. What fun would it be if Santa brought you the same gifts every year?

What does the future hold?

Who knows, I am 72 years old and I have never been busier in my whole life. My new book comes out in May and I am still traveling all over the world and hosting things. I have more jobs than I can handle.

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