Varla Jean Merman is an Essential Werker The Drag Queen Comedian Performs Live This Weekend on GROWLr By Shane Gallagher
Over 1100 people tuned in to watch drag superstar Jackie Beat perform her one-woman show live on the GROWLr app last weekend.
This Saturday at 9pm, the bear social network will continue its live in-app programming with comedian Varla Jean Merman. She will take over the app with her one-woman comedy show, performed live and in full drag, from her home.
What makes these comedy shows extra special and newsworthy is that they’re free! No door fee or even Venmo tips required. Just as they did for Jackie last week, GROWLR is footing the bill for Varla Jean Merman’s appearance.
“LGBTQ performers are an important part of the fabric of our community,” says Phil Henricks, Senior Director of Marketing at GROWLr. “We value them as artists and are thrilled to compensate them for their participation in our programming,” Henricks adds.
We spoke with Ms. Varla Jean Merman earlier this week.
Have you always been popular with the bear community? Varla Jean Merman: Yes, I’m so lucky to say, I have worked so many amazing bear events for decades and I’ve tried to intimately show my thanks to as many who would have me.
What is about furry men that you like most? Varla Jean Merman: As a kid, I was always attracted to hairy men, even through the hairless 80s! Maybe it was because I always had to shave for work. I stopped shaving about eight years ago...well, besides my face. I truly love how a hairy man smells, most of all. All that fur acts as a flavor saver.
Have you had any romantic experiences with bears? Varla Jean Merman: I have done something in my act for years where I find a big bear and ask him to kiss me on the cheek. As he leans in to kiss me, I turn my face and kiss him on the lips with my tongue. One year at Lazy Bear, I found the hottest, biggest bear to do this with but rather than being shocked, he just kept kissing me. People were shouting “get a room!” So, we did...
Do you hope to find your very own bear on this Saturday’s show? Varla Jean Merman: I am so lucky that I have my own big Daddy bear! But just because I’m chained to the porch, doesn’t mean I can’t bark at the other dogs.
What have you been doing to keep yourself busy while in quarantine? Varla Jean Merman: Drinking frozen margaritas. Oh, and I had a hip replacement yesterday. Not kidding! I blame CrossFit and Cross dressing.
Will you discuss COVID19 in the show or is this an opportunity to forget the misery of the last two months? Varla Jean Merman: Let’s have a bit of escapism, shall we?
Varla Jean Merman performs her live from home one-woman comedy show this Saturday May 16 at 9pm. It’s FREE on the GROWLr app. Download https://app.adjust.com/kbtyap8