Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Matthew McGee's Top 10 pros & cons of working at the Flamingo Resort

The bouffant half of the popular cabaret duo Scott & Patti weighs in after headlining the Flamingo Resort's karaoke night — now every Tuesday at 8 p.m.

Posted By on Wed, Mar 25, 2015 at 5:21 PM

FLAMINGO KIDS: Matt McGee as Patti, left, and Scott Daniel host the karaoke nights at the Flamingo.
  • FLAMINGO KIDS: Matt McGee as Patti, left, and Scott Daniel host the karaoke nights at the Flamingo.

The Flamingo Resort
 in South St. Petersburg is a popular but often hectic hangout. For those of you unfamiliar, think Shepard's on Clearwater Beach, LGBT-fied.

When we got news that one of our favorite cabaret acts — Scott & Patti, the mother-son duo starring Scott Daniel and Matthew McGee in drag — is hosting the resort's Kamikaze Karaoke on Tuesday nights, we were just tickled pink. But we also wondered how a stage mother with fragile nerves and her spoiled but talented son would handle the culture shock. They're used to more prim and proper venues, like American Stage and freeFall.

McGee offered up a list of the best and worst things about working the Flamingo.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

TIGLFF screens "poignant, sexy" rom-com tonight

The title is Boy Meets Girl but we suspect there's more to it than that.

Posted By on Wed, Mar 18, 2015 at 2:58 PM


Boy Meets Girl has been a hit on the festival circuit. The romantic comedy directed by Eric Schaeffer is a touching coming of age comedy will be screening at freeFall tonight at 7:30 p.m.

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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A Q&A with Margaret Cho

Posted By on Tue, Nov 30, 2010 at 6:39 PM


As a 41-year-old counter-culture-type person, I feel like I've grown up with the charmingly brash and fearlessly in-your-face comedienne Margaret Cho.

Cho, born Dec. 5, 1968, just five months ahead of me, was an icon for mainstream exiles in the '90s. We watched her stand-up specials on cable and even tuned into her infamously failed sitcom, All-American Girl.

Her unapologetic bio, I'm the One That I Want, hit the bookshelves almost a decade ago. In the book, she talks candidly about her rise to success and network TV humiliation, from mandates to lose weight to bouts of depression to her emerging "fag hag" sympathies with the San Francisco gay scene.

Like Janeane Garofalo and Laura Kightlinger, Cho was among the "slacker" female comics of my generation. Along with admiring her spirited rebellion and advocacy of gay and lesbian rights, I've identified with her  zany pop-culture references  — from Charlie's Angels to Grease to that "Ancient Chinese Secret" commercial. Cho mimicking her mother ("Moran!" Her name in Korean)  gave me a special chuckle since I myself also grew up with a loud old-world-immigrant mother (mine Italian) who embarrassed me from time to time.

A lot has happened since those heady, pre-9/11 days of youthful dysfunction. The openly bi Cho has grown up — but not grown out of being a lovable weirdo. She wrote a second book in 2005, a collection of essays on all subjects political and pop called I Have Chosen to Stay and Fight; she starred in feature-length documentary (Notorious C.H.O.) and starred and wrote the script for the low-budget indie comedy, Bam Bam and Celeste. In addition, she's performed in a burlesque-style show, toured with '80s pop stars like Cyndi Lauper, and has been happily married to offbeat experimental artist, Al Ridenour, with whom she collaborates on occasion.

This year, Cho did what many of us fantasize about -- she became a rock star -- and collaborated with her favorite musicians. In addition to  learning to play guitar and polishing up her already gifted singing voice, Cho released a comedy-pop album, Cho Dependent, August 2010. It includes Jon Brion, Tegan and Sara, Andrew Bird, Grant Lee Buffalo, Ani DiFranco, A.C. Newman (of the New Pornographers), Ben Lee, Fiona Apple, Garrison Starr, Brendon Benson and even comedian Tommy Chong.

Cho performs a few tunes from the album during her live performance at Ruth Eckerd Hall Thursday, Dec. 9, at 8 p.m., along with her topical rants,  hilarious anecdotes and self-deprecating admissions.

I got a chance to catch up with Cho Thanksgiving weekend for a little post-tryptophan e-mail Q&A action ...

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