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 Scarlet O*Gasm, a member of New York's Juiciest Burlesque Troupe: The Peach Tartes.
What is your hometown?
Originally N'Awlins, currently New York, soon to be Shanghai.
How long have you been interested in burlesque/performing?
I have been performing since I was a baby - and professionally since high school. I always knew about burlesque, but discovered nouveau BurlyQ in 2001 at the very first Tease-O-Rama. I finally climbed up on a Burlesque stage in 2006.
How many pairs of pasties do you own?
Too many to count - they're just so nice to have around.
What are your three favorite songs to perform to?
The Devil Went Down to Georgia is always fun. I have a ball doing my own mix of I Put A Spell On You with Nina Simone and the Screamin Jay Hawkins, and I really love performing with my troupe to a mix I did of a bunch of Ennio Morricone tunes called, A Bra Full of Dollars. Since it's so rare to perform with live accompaniment these days I like to mix or re-mix songs myself.
What three items could you not live without as a performer?
False eyelashes, pastie tape, body glitter.
Who had the biggest influence on your career?
I always think of Julie Atlas Muz and Tigger and tell myself to keep pushing the envelope, keep telling stories and keep loving the audience.
Who is your favorite burly queen?
New guard: Bambi the Mermaid. I must also mention goddesses Immodesty Blaize and Catherine D'Lish.
Old guard: couldn't pick just one, but if you forced me to I'd pick my pal Dusty Summers.
What is your favorite item of clothing?
My feather hoop skirt.
What's the last movie you saw?
I can't remember the last time I went to the movie theater, but I went to the theatre theater and saw Black Watch. It's so good -- lots of Scottish men running around singing and fighting!
What's on your must-see-TV list?
I don't own a TV, but I heard that True Blood is really good, so I'm going to try to get that.
What book is on your nightstand?
The Last Madam. It's awful, but I have to finish it.
If you could go anywhere for vacation, where would you go?
The only continents I haven't traveled to are Australia and Antarctica - so I'd go there!
If you could have any superpower, which one would you want? Why?
I could speak, read, write, and understand any and all languages. I could communicate with anyone. And move over Hillary -- Scarlet O*Gasm for Secretary of State!
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