In our ongoing Q&A series --"The Candy Gram"-- we ask the same quirky questions of burlesque's various performers. If you want to be added to the mix, drop us a line at kellydinardo AT gmail DOT com. Today, say hello to Foxy Moxy.
What is your hometown?
Currently Reidsville, NC, by way of Pittsburgh and Erie, PA.
How long have you been interested in burlesque/performing?
I've been interested in burlesque since the age of 10, when I was mesmerized by a burlesque revue I wasn't supposed to be watching on late-night HBO! I became hooked on performance through competitive figure skating, probably from around age eight. I've been performing burlesque and singing cabaret for about six years now.
How many pairs of pasties do you own?
Probably 10 pairs in my bag right now.
What are your three favorite songs to perform to?
Currently, The Pussycat Song by Connie Vannet, Just A Gigolo by David Lee Roth and Pepita the Pole Dancer written by me. (I usually sing the songs I'm performing.) Also, ANY SONG done by the decadently sex-tastic, swingin' blues bombshell, Ms. Candye Kane!
What three items could you not live without as a performer?
My "Samson Airline 77" wireless headset mic (no bodypack or wires to tangle in your costume), sewing machine, "Kryolan Aquacolor" bodypaints/powder makeup with "Mama Clown" Glitter.
Who had the biggest influence on your career?
My dear friend, the fabulous "PhatManDee", Atomic Jazz Chanteuse of Pittsburgh, PA, who plucked me from the audience and thrust me upon my first variety stage ever, whispering through her gritted teeth, "Get up there and sing, dance... take off your clothes... whatever! We need time to restore the video feed to the judges of The Bong Show" -- her yearly Gong Show spin-off. They never did fix the live remote feed from the club, but a quick-thinking tech guy streamed a porn instead, which the totally baked, bong-happy judges liked so much, they declared me the winning contestant! After that, I decided I was much better off planning out my acts in advance if I was going to go anywhere near one of PhatManDee's gigs again.
Who is your favorite burly queen?
There are so many amazing performers past and present, my list of dream divas would encompass the Candy Pitch Blog. My most recent indelible impression: I SO freakin' LOVED Clams Casino's We are the Champions routine at Exotic World 08!
What is your favorite item of clothing?
I'm very tactile: silky, fuzzy, furry or feathery.
What's the last movie you saw?
What Would Jesus Buy? (about Rev. Billy & The Church of Stop Shopping)
What's on your must-see-TV list?
I'll admit it. I'm a big Project Runway geek. Definitely a fan of the arts programming on the Ovation channel, too.
What book is on your nightstand?
1000 Nudes -- Uwe Scheid Collection.
If you could go anywhere for vacation, where would you go?
Seeboden, Austria, during the World Bodypainting Festival or Santiago, Chile, to see one of Cuerpos Pintados' bodypainting art exhibitions. My partner and I also hold a current Guinness World Record for bodypainting.
If you could have any superpower, which one would you want? Why?
I'd like to combine the twinkly-sounding nose-twitch from Bewitched, with the powers of the Orgazmarator from the movie, Orgazmo. I'd wriggle the tip of my nose and dish out great big "O's" wherever I go! Certain to have SOME positive effect on the crime rate, not to mention the economic boost for laundry liquid.
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