did you do this Friday night? You were probably at home, like
the rest of us. Since the COVID-19 pandemic there are a lot
of Drag Queens, Bartenders, and others without work. Who's that
to the rescue with a great idea…? It's a bird? (I'd say taller
than the big yellow one so, No), it's a plane? (No, no one is
flying in those right now), but it's Tampa Bay's own Daphne
Ferraro and Friends entertaining us LIVE from living
rooms, dressing rooms, closets and about anywhere you can put
on a show. I introduce to you the FIRST ever, Daphne and
Friends - A Socially Distant Drag Show. I tuned in (It's
FREE and No Cover). You can Tip the Girls and enjoy some
distant entertainment; here is a re-cap in case you missed the
Before we get into the re-cap, I want to go over how this all
works. First, download: INSTAGRAM on your phone (if you
do not have an account maybe consider it). For Tipping Options-
download one of two Apps; CashApp or Venmo both
are used by the entertainers and these go DIRECTLY to them.
Now, we move to the re-cap.
chats with her guest performers during the show
in mind this is the first show; Daphne had over 100 viewers
at some points; that is AMAZING! A host and six entertainers
from all over the US performed in the safety of their own homes
while we all watched from the safety of ours.(IG @daphneferrarotall)
Daphne opens the show full screen from her dressing room at
home; great for us, as she offered us an impromptu dress change
between some of the acts. She brings on each entertainer and
asks how they are doing, how they are handling being bunkered
down at home; she then turns it over to the performers. Each
one has their own performance, special back drops, "props",
lights, even a camera person for a full living room stage presentation.
The show was great; everyone brought something unique to the
Pictures from during the performances
Photo Credit: Tampa Bay Gay
the performances the "After show" begins also
impromptu; viewers got a glimpse of what I imagine is the back
stage dressing room sights and sounds. There were still around
80 viewers, Daphne started having fans, friends, and some of
the performers (fresh out of Drag) join her on the feed for
discussion and feedback on the show. Daphne's husband even makes
a special appearance. It was also really nice to hear from one
of the performers, that she made enough in tips to pay a bill.
As Daphne said to me via Facebook messenger, "we made Lemonade!",
and she is right. They threw lemons, she got to work.
Unofficial "After Show" Pictures
Photo Credit: Tampa Bay Gay
Juno Stops by after her performance
Some of Daphne's friends and fans sharing what they thought
of the show
also shared that back by popular demand, Daphne and Friends
returns with a bigger show, more guests, and rumor has it that
Daphne has a special treat in store too. Friday, 3/27 at
9:30pm ET tune into Daphne's Instagram (IG) @daphneferrarotall
where you will see her LIVE feed. Kick back it's the start of
the weekend, grab your drink, popcorn, dog, partner or whatever
(you're at home) and enjoy the show. Please remember to tip
the entertainers; they are not getting paid to do this.
In a very fluid situation these days we can all work together
and we can make wonderful progress. Any support helps these
performers right now tips and even a heart emoji. Share this
event with friends, family, or someone who has never had the
opportunity to see some of these entertainers.
We are all in this together they say, so grab a seat, a drink
and I will see you on IG this Friday for Daphne's 2nd show!
Dave Borman, Editor
Tampa Bay Gay
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