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GREG SCARNICI's DUNGEONS AND DRAG QUEENS
FIRE ISLAND THROUGH THE EYES OF ITS WORST DRAG QUEEN



In his second collection of humorous essays, comedian
Greg Scarnici recounts some of his most shocking and
scandalous experiences over twenty-five years of summering
on New York’s Fire Island. From tea dances in Fire Island
Pines to drag competitions in Cherry Grove, Greg Scarnici’s
DUNGEONS AND DRAG QUEENS paints a picture of what a
typical summer on the island of misfit boys
is like.

“If I were to explain Fire Island to someone who’s never
been there, I would describe it as a bathhouse on the beach,”
Greg Scarnici explains. “Or Provincetown with more meth.”

Nothing is sugarcoated in DUNGEONS AND DRAG
QUEENS. Scarnici spills all the hot tea from riding aboard
a ferry in a dress with two hundred other drag queens
during the annual Fourth of July Invasion, to getting
innocently lured into a sex dungeon that was actually a
3x4 garden shed. He discusses his adventures in the
notorious Meat Rack and dancing until the sun comes
up at the island’s annual beach celebration, Pines Party.

"Greg Scarnici is not only on
Fire Island, he's on fire! His
breathless tales of drag queens
subverting and carrying on in
the Pines and the Grove are
as revealing and informative
as Speedos on a flaccid penis."
                       -Michael Musto, NewNowNext


Every essay exposes a different, accurate and hilarious facet
of Scarnici’s Fire Island. From “MuuMuu Land,” which talks
about the magic that can happen by throwing on a five-dollar
caftan, to “Suffolk Cunty Realness,” which details the creation
of his alter ego, Levonia Jenkins. The bearded Levonia

(pictured on the cover) has had the honor of being crowned
“the worst drag queen in Cherry Grove” four times, proving that one does not need a perfect beat or wig to be a crown-snatching female
impersonator.

DUNGEONS AND DRAG QUEENS simultaneously weaves in some of the island’s extraordinary history and introduces many of its true-
life colorful characters.

Greg Scarnici is a comedic writer, director, producer, actor, DJ and musician whose comedy videos have been viewed over 10 million
times on YouTube. His work has also been featured on MTV, VH1, Fox News and CNN. Acting credits include appearances in 30 Rock,
Online Nation, Nick Cannon: Short Circuitz and A Star is Born. Greg has also written and performed several stage shows including
Queens, The Buddy & Barbara Comedy Hour, Sex Tape, Must Be The Music and Gender Fluids. He also produces music under the name
Undercover.

Greg currently works as an Associate Producer at Saturday Night Live. Books include his debut collection of humorous essays: I Hope My
Mother Doesn't Read

This and SEX IN DRAG, a parody of Madonna's infamous SEX book shot entirely on Fire Island.
DUNGEONS AND DRAG QUEENS is available on Amazon and at select bookstore retailers.
Visit
www.gregscarnici.com

“Greg has given me the greatest gift - hearing his stories is like getting
to eavesdrop and spy on my favorite misfit boys until I’m clutching my
pearls and gasping.”
- Cecily Strong, Saturday Night Live


How did Levonia come about, and what has she done to win Worst Drag Queen, 4 years running?
Levonia was created during a drunken, impromptu video shoot on the roof of my house in Cherry Grove in 2010 one Sunday
afternoon.  We were having brunch, and I put on a quick drag outfit which inspired my friend to shoot a ridiculous video parodying
Paris is Burning with me as the subject.  And as for being a bad drag queen, it's actually Levonia's "sisters" like Crystal Meth Gayle, She
Mail and Alicia Skeeze who have won the title of worst drag queens by being in absolutely terrible taste.  

Has Fire Island tamed or fired up over the years, and how?

Fire Island is a constant source of inspiration for me because it is filled with so many interesting people who never fail to give me a new
perspective on life with their crazy antics.  There is no taming that beast!  

Have you experienced the South Beach scene – nightlife, drag queens, etc?
How does it compare, and is there a book in the making here for Greg?

In my limited experience at clubs like Twist and the occasional drag brunch,
I have found the queens in South Beach to be very polished and entertaining.  
I'm always wowed by their dance moves and flawless lip syncs - and if you ask
them, I'm sure they'll tell you there are plenty of stories that can fill up a few
books...


Will we be seeing you in South Florida (or where) for book signings – or
Levonia sightings?

Nothing is set just yet, but Levonia and I are just a quick $32 ride on Spirit
airlines away if we get that booking, honey!



“I’m still not sure if I should be flattered
or sue over the story of mine Greg
shares, but since the rest of his Fire
Island tales are painted in equally
hilarious and scandalous shades, I’m
just gonna keep my attorney on retainer
in case this becomes a movie.”
                                                                          – Sherry Vine, Drag Diva





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