LI’s premier drag queen sells out shows on South Shore

Top drag performer brings big audiences

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With her effervescent, energetic, and enunciated persona, Annie Manildoo is a must-see performer.

She is a fixture at the Shabby Tabby Cat Café in Sayville, where patrons have traveled as far as from Manhattan and the Hamptons to see her show.

This past week, Annie performed at Rock City Dogs in Bay Shore, The Paper Doll Vintage Boutique Curiosity Shoppe on Main Street, and the Michael Braceland Gallery in Patchogue, with uproarious crowds breathlessly laughing at her raucous and smugly humored song-and-dance numbers.

One of her schtick catchphrases is to say, “That’s homophobic,” to any minor inconvenience that comes her way, whether it be air conditioning not down to arctic temperature or a reticent bingo winner.

While raunch is certainly a part of Annie’s set, there is an equal amount of funny, non-sexual numbers as well.

In talking about a possible dance to put together, Annie said she would have various song lyrics giving directions to “turn around” for physical comedy.

Her “Sausage Party” at Rock City Dogs on Thursday, May 12 included a specialty “gender-fluid” drink that was pink on the bottom and blue on top.

Manildoo takes up to two hours to get her signature look for the evening, boasting over two tote bags of wigs (“only 10 are wearable,” according to her), many of which are blonde, silver, or white.

“In my non-drag appearance, I have the blackest hair, but for drag I just feel blonde looks better on me,” claimed the bombshell.

Her makeup routine has taken some time to perfect in the eight years she has been performing in drag, but now has staples of La Femme, Batme, and Chaotic Cosmetics (owned by a fellow drag performer, Ashley Jade).

“The vibrancy of the eyeliner is unparalleled—and it only takes three seconds to apply and doesn’t take 30 minutes to dry like most other eyeliners. And it never smudges,” said Manildoo of Chaotic.

The signature eyebrow-taming of drag queens, usually utilizing Elmer’s Glue Sticks, is a different process for Manildoo, who uses a combination of spirit gum and scar wax (often used for prosthetic-appearing noses or chins).

Manildoo is thankful for the LGBTQ+-friendly venues, especially with Long Island having few gay bars.

In a serendipitous turn of events, Manildoo has established a mostly straight audience performing in non-LGBTQ+ spaces.

“When the Bunk House in Sayville closed, a lot of drag performers gave up,” said Manildoo. “A lot of them thought, Why continue? There’s no queer audience.”

But Manildoo feels strongly that drag performances are not only for queer audiences, but a generous helping of theater for all to enjoy, especially after programs like “Drag Race” brought the medium into the forefront of the American psyche.

Asked about what advice she would have for those just starting out in drag performance, Manildoo jokingly replied, “Run and never look back!”

“Try to be a part of a drag family. It comes from the queer culture of the balls of the ‘80s and ‘90s. While not necessary, the concept is still alive and quite nurturing. Drag queens often refer to each other as sister, mother. And this gives you a chance to support local queer people in your area.”

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