City Pages: What's new for the 2010 show?
Miss Richfield 1981: Good heavens, everything darling! Let's start with a simple five-letter word: bingo. It's not a traditional holiday game, and yet it's perfect for this time of year because it brings people together in a safe, non-threatening, yet competitive environment. It speaks to everybody -- even the homos who love the bright, colorful balls and the lesbians who love a good fight. We'll also be computerized this year and folks will be able to chirp and peep and Tweet ideas for a song that we'll all write together!
CP: How did the bingo idea come about? Are there fabulous prizes?
MR '81: Bingo has been a part of my life ever since I can remember. In fact, my mother recorded my first word as "O-69!" So they knew I would be a bingo babe from the start. And as far as prizes go, well, a few lucky winners will spin the wheel and get a chance at many, many wonderful treasures, including that favorite San Francisco treat: a lifetime supply of Rice-A-Roni. I dare not share more for fear of a complete rush on tickets.
CP: You've been doing holiday shows for a number of years. How do you keep it fresh for yourself and the audience?
MR '81: Holidays like Christmas can get stale after a few thousand years, so spicing it up with a new promotional photo or a new song can help. But the real professionals, like Lori Line and me know what makes the biggest splash: a new outfit. That's why I can't wait for audiences to a gander at my new Santa velvet mini, trimmed entirely in baby seal fur.
CP: Any general holiday tips for the readers?
MR '81: When it comes to advice on important topics like holiday celebrations, bodily reactions and shopping, I think Jesus said it best: "It's important to be nice, but it's nicer to be important!"
CP: Why should audiences pick your show to attend this holiday season?
MR '81: Because bingo fits into everyone's traditions. As I always say, "Hot dog, everybody's a wiener!"