"Call Me Adam" once again chats with Dina Martina! This time around we talk about her "Best Of" show at The Laurie Beechman Theatre, which runs through September 28. Once again, only a fraction of Dina's humor and quick wit are demonstrated below. For the full effect of Dina Martina's comedy, you'll have to click here for tickets!
1. From September 18-28, you are returning to the Laurie Beechman Theatre with The Best of Dina Martina. What made now the right time to do a "Best Of" show? Actually, I think it was kismet. You know, when certain things just feel right, like it's the right thing to do? Like smiling at a blind person on the street and wiping front to back. Not at the same time, but separately. You know, those things just feel right.
2. How did you decide which songs, stories, and film clips you wanted to include in the "Best Of"? Names out of a hat, pretty much. But it was my best hat.
3. How does it feel to be able to create a "Best Of" show? Did you ever think when you first started out that this day would come? I've got to tell you, it feels pretty darn good. And no, I never thought in a million years that I'd be doing this, but I also never thought I'd ever get a bikini tweeze. And I never thought I'd be having a pie eating contest, at my house, by myself. But I did.
4. What excites you about returning once again to the Laurie Beechman Theatre? First off, the staff is amazing. But also the fact that literally everyone has played there, from Josephine Baker to the Addrisi Brothers to Sandy Duncan to Fatty Arbuckle and the Pointer Sisters – and I'm pretty sure those last two were on the same bill. Plus, I think it's where President Abraham Lincoln saw Our American Cousin, and I can't decide which is more exciting, that or the risotto balls.
5. While this is a "Best Of" show, is there anything new you are including? Yes, I've included the helicopter from Miss Saigon, which I picked up at a tag sale over the summer.
6. Since this show is The Best Of Dina Martina, what has been the best part about being Dina Martina? Knowing that, as a well-rounded performer, if one of my assets doesn't "wow" the crowd, then one of the others will. I can do it all, and you know what they call you in this business when you can do it all? They call you a threat. If it isn't my voice that "wows" them, it'll be my hair, and if it isn't my hair, it'll be my costumes, and if it isn't my costumes it'll be my sparkling banter, and if it isn't that, it'll most assuredly be my dismount, because I am a classically-trained gymnast. And if all else fails – which only happens about 10 percent of the time - I can show pictures of when I could still do the Chinese splits.
7. What, if anything, have you ever wanted to change about yourself? My panties.
8. What can we expect next from Dina Martina? More charity work. As you know, I've been working effortlessly to eradicate pink eye - or at least develop a vaccine - and so this next month is going to be National Pink Eye Awareness Month, in my mind, and I'm thinking there'll be several awareness-raising seminars and fundraisers and white water rafting trips. And in the high-risk neighborhoods, I'm going to be setting up mascara wand exchanges and those will be totally anonymous. And all of these events will come to a head on the 28th, when there'll be a marathon benefit, in which the participants will be sleeping in shifts, and I'm hoping that that will raise money somehow. It's called Napping for the Cure.
9. If you could be any original flavor Life Saver, which one would you be? Was "gravy" one of them?
10. How do you want to be remembered? I'd like to be remembered as a pretty lady who gave 150% onstage, even if only a small portion of that made it to the audience.
Tragic singer, horrible dancer and surreal raconteur, the hysterically funny Dina Martina debuted at Seattle’s Center on Contemporary Art in 1989, instantly gleaning reviews that dubbed her "magically warped," "hilariously unfortunate" and "utter genius." Since then, she’s packed venues in New York, Los Angeles, London, Toronto and San Francisco and shared the bill with acts such as Modest Mouse, Margaret Cho, Nina Hagen and Village People.
Absolutely packed with ludicrous song, horrifying stories and overburdened costumes, Dina Martina’s shows are impossible to adequately describe, other than that they’ve become synonymous with jaw-dropping pathos and mind-blowing comedy. Dina Martina has been hailed as "Divinely funny" (Time Out London), "Painfully funny and demented" (Seattle Times) and "The most original drag performer working in America today" (Village Voice). What a Dina Martina show is, quite simply put, is a smart and hilarious evening of entertainment that you will never forget.
Recently, Dina Martina’s hugely successful shows in New York and Provincetown have made ardent fans of John Waters, Whoopi Goldberg, Matt Stone, Jennifer Coolidge, Graham Norton and many others. Martina is the 2012 recipient of The Stranger Genius Award for Theater and has been nominated for an Alpert Award, a SPIT Award for Best Solo Show and two GLAAD Media Awards for Outstanding Off-Off Broadway Theater. She did not win those. Hooray!