Varla Jean Merman, I Love You



Straight Guy,

One of the best things about summer in Provincetown is checking out the musical and comic talent. The two talents combine deliciously in Varla Jean Merman. It's worth a trip to Ptown just to catch her act. I'd take you along, but the very thought of you in Ptown fuels my paranoia that you, not I, would get hit on.

Varla Jean's website tells all. Note of real caution: While I am thrilled that ManHunt is sponsoring her tour, the ManHunt link in the upper right corner is strictly NSFW. I mean it. It's a gay hook up site. The site is very effective. But, NSFW, not safe for kids (and that still means you, Dani), not safe for marriages/partnerships.

What's different for me about Varla Jean is that Jeff Roberson, her creator doesn't perform her, he inhabits her. She's like a real person, not a caricature. What do I mean? There's a consistency about her mannerisms, voice inflections and glances that are just like those you recognize in a friend. The giggle, the little squeak, the sound of utter satisfaction she makes when a cocktail goes down her throat -- at least the amount that doesn't go down the front of her dress. They form a real personality. It's not that he just puts something on to be come Varla Jean, it's that he let something out. I'm not very good at describing these things; you have to see it for yourself.

Sadly, I don't think that the YouTube vids do her justice. You have to see her in person. However, the vid for the W Hotel, Boston, created for Boston Pride Weekend, comes pretty close. I hope you enjoy it half as much as I do. I've watched it at least six times, and I am still giggling over it.

--Gay Guy

10 comments:

j.m. neeb said...

Gay Guy - You sold yourself short regarding your ability to decribe it. ("I'm not very good at describing these things")

Even if Varla Jean's performance is better in person, I can see what you mean from the video and think you did an excellent job of describing it to us.

Just my two cents...

Oddyoddyo13 said...

Oh, the video gave me a giggle too. Mildly disturbing though...

Fine, I won't visit the website. Promise. :)

kathryn said...

Oh, honey....for someone who claims to not describe things well, you nailed it.

S/he is FABULOUS...right down to the subtle nuances of the coy glance and the sway of the hair. To say that Jeff inhabits her is putting it mildly...I've never seen a better "interpretation".

Oh and good girl, Dani....you listen to your Uncle GG.

Dorn said...

She was AWESOME on Project Runway! Very funny lady!

Michael Rivers said...

I've never been on Manhunt. You say it's very effective? Hmmm . . .

BosGuy said...

Thanks for sharing GG. I've posted the clip on my blog too and give you a shout out as a thank you. I always check out her show and the Ryan Landry - Gold Dust Orphans play each year. Hope all is well with you and SG.

Straight Guy said...

Rock on, Varla Jean. It took me a day to place it, but the fact that she strongly reminds me of my middle school art teacher is a little unsettling. Just the mannerisms, people, not the drunken bondage routine.

Anyone else miss the Madame puppet from 1970s Hollywood Squares?

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