Jan 20, 2013, 2:26 PM
Move over, RuPaul and Lady Gaga, here comes Burning Wig.
YouTube's "Burning Wig" series is a real "drag"
They are cruel, vicious, wicked, fabulously dressed, and these drag queens do it all for tips.
"The world's first animated series about drag queens," Burning Wig was created by Veronica Vinyl, a veteran professional female impersonator/artist, animator and comedy writer from Denver.
"I realized that backstage at a drag queen show was the source for so much insane behavior and dangerous comedy. It's a den of vipers in ladies' foundation garments," she said.
Every episode is a brutal, hysterical, catfight happening right now on YouTube (www.youtube.com/user/bigfaerie).
The episodes are based around Veronica Vinyl and Roxy Mountains. Roxy has taken the place of Vanity Kills, who died in a freak accident when she fell off her platform shoes and broke her neck on stage. Veronica and Roxy feign love and sisterhood for each other, but they are, in fact, bitter, back-stabbing rivals, willing to go to what ever extremes to further their own careers and love lives. They are also fabulous, endearing, and always outlandishly funny.
The animation itself was created using Crazy Talk animator, and the voices are those of Veronica Vinyl and Barbara Elder, both veterans of improv comedy. "The comedy is intentionally very fast-paced. An average episode runs anywhere from 30 seconds to two minutes," Veronica said.
"We hit fast and hard with each episode. It's short attention span theater about short attention span queens."
Drag queens have always been the shock troopers on the forefront of the gay movement. As tolerance grows for the LGBT community, drag itself has to adapt and grow with it.
"There is a brand of comedy unique to drag that can be found nowhere else. It's often dark, shocking, a little dirty; at the same time, it's empowering. A celebration of life and female gender from a completely unique perspective," said Veronica.
Burning Wig is planning on releasing 10 episodes in a season. Each episode script is sent to trusted drag queens to approve it for authenticity and ultra-sublimeness.
"The last thing we want is to portray our world in anything but the best light. Well.... Not the best light. Queens look best in dark, smoky bars.
"There is no such thing as a serious drag show. The drag queen is a creature not wholly of this earth," Veronica said.
"They fly in the face of reality, and seek to transform, and become something more than where they started out. That is inspiring, and watching them project their glamourous view on reality is both funny and uplifting."
"Oh boy." -- Allan Sherman