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interview / GET OUT! MAGAZINE >> GETOUTMAG.COM Blonde Ambition CARSON KRESSLEY AND KRISTINE W MIX COMEDY AND CLASSICS IN ‘STRAIGHT UP WITH A TWIST’ On March 16, TV personality Carson Kressley will join forces with hit dance recording sensation Kristine W at New York City’s Joe’s Pub for an evening to remember, filled with comedy and song. Kressley, of course, is best known for being the fashion virtuoso on the hit television program “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.” He’s also appeared on “Dancing With the Stars,” the “Miss Universe Pageant” and was a host on the ABC series “True Beauty.” He regularly critiques red carpet events including the Oscars and the Golden Globes and can currently be seen judging the queens on “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” Kristine W is an international dance music diva. Billboard Magazine recently named her “Dance Music Artist of the Decade.” Her latest single, “Stars,” ties her with Mariah Carey for the sixth artist with the most #1 club hits ever. She’s had an astounding 17, including “Feel What You Want” and “One More Try.” The long-time friends are excited to take the stage together for the first time in “Straight Up With a Twist.” PHOTO BY KARL GIANT So tell us a little about the show. Carson: We have two amazing shows coming up: March 16 at Joe’s Pub in New York City and the 17th in New Hope. It will be two evenings of cabaret, classics and comedy. Kristine and I have been great friends for years. We travel in the same circles professionally, and it’s exciting to finally get together for a fun night entertaining people. Sounds like a lot of fun. Carson: This is kind of like our pilot show in New York and New Hope. If all goes well, we’ll take it across the country and beyond.
PHOTO CREDIT VH1 NETWORKS Kristine, congratulations on “Stars” climbing to #1! Kristine: It’s pretty exciting stuff. It was a nail biter. I don’t generally put out a song in the fourth quarter. Everybody and their dog puts out records this time of year, so I took a leap of faith. I just thought this song was going to do it, and it happened. It’s my first #1 record in seven years. My team and I are over the moon. I bet! So Carson, you’ve done everything in the world... Carson: Everyone or everything? Both. Carson: I like to do fun and interesting things. I’ve been so blessed to do a lot of television projects, from “Queer Eye” to “Drag Race.” Sometimes when stage opportunities like this come along, they are so out of your normal wheelhouse, you say, “That can be really fun.” It’s also a bit terrifying, but this sounded like something too fun not to do. I’ve always wanted to do a standup show, but I didn’t want to do it alone. So doing the show with Kristine, adding classics to comedy in a cabaret setting, seems like the perfect combination. Joe’s Pub is a cool, intimate venue. What are you looking forward to most about the show? What do you think the audience will most react to and love? Carson: Well, everyone reacts to Kristine’s music, because it’s just been part of our lives for so long, and she is such a talent. Kristine: Aww, you are such a sweetheart, Carson. I think it’s nice for people to hear songs that they’ve been dancing to at tea dances and big circuit parties. I think the thing that has drawn people to my music for years is that I always try to have a message in there. I try to make it a song that can be applied to people and situations. Fans can take the messages and call it their own. I’ve always thought that music was such good medicine for people. “Straight Up With a Twist” is going to be a really fun time for everyone. The audience can sing along, they can reminisce. I’m looking forward to asking people, “Hey, what were you doing when ‘Feel What You Want’ came out?”. Carson: I was always doing something, but I can’t remember.