Oasis TV Brings Fresh Drag to Your Laptop and Living Room
Launched in January as a new revenue stream for the SoMa nightclub and cabaret Oasis during the pandemic, Oasis TV is still going strong and presenting new streaming content almost daily. New subscribers get a 14-day free trial on the streaming platform — which also includes on-demand access the entire back catalog of Oasis stage shows including D’Arcy Drollinger’s original “Shit and Champagne,” and the recent live recreation of “Three’s Company” starring Heklina as Janet and D’Arcy as Chrissy.
A few things to watch on Oasis TV while we wait for the club to reopen for real:
Patty’s Playhouse - During COVID, the drag queen known as Patty from HR is stuck working from home and, as the show’s theme song goes, “Things are getting bizarre.” Patty’s made seven episodes and counting with some puppet friends, and yes it’s as stupid as it sounds!
Hunks & Housewives - Two of the studs from the “Baloney” male burlesque troupe, Pablo and Andrew Slade, chat about what’s happening on “Real Housewives” — like, all of them.
So You Think You Can Drag? - On May 1, Oasis TV is presenting a special drag competition and fundraiser for Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy, featuring a bevy of local drag queens.
Suds & Studs: Mother’s Day Edition - The “Baloney” boys will be doing a socially distanced, semi-naked car wash out in front of the club on Mother’s Day (May 9), and the whole thing is being live-streamed on Oasis TV from noon to 3 p.m.
Hot Trash - Every other Monday, D’Arcy Drollinger rolls out a new episode of her trashy talk show “Hot Trash”, and the next episode is May 10.
As we look at the reopening from covid, the end of season 13, and the reign of a new empress, Mercedez monroe is the perfect person to give some perspective
Cover photo: Da'Karai
You actually got Covid early and were very honest in sharing how hard it hit you. Do you feel comfortable talking about your experience with having COVID? How did it impact your year and are you feeling any after-effects?
I did, and yes.. It was very hard. When I first caught covid, I literally thought the diagnosis was a death sentence. We didn’t know too much about the virus then, only that people were dying from It, and when I got the positive result, I fainted. It was literally the scariest moment of my life, as there was no information.
Shortly thereafter, I was hospitalized for four days, which was the most stressful time of my life. Never knowing if you are going to be able to hug a loved one, or leave a quarantined room, was both mentally and physically challenging. Though my place of business remained open ( I was able to keep my staff employed and insured through the pandemic) It was mentally draining. We didn’t know very much then and we barely do now, but I’m thankful for the life I have.
Fast forward to a year later, April 12th (which fell on Easter Day last year) I was released from the hospital with a new lease on life. Now, I can comfortably say that Covid has impacted everyone in a negative way. I don’t know a single person that navigated the last year and a half with ease, but It is what we learned from these times that I find most valuable. The after-effects have been minimal, there are definitely some that remained, but you just have to power through.
Your House of M shows are a huge success. What’s been the most inspiring thing you’ve seen in San Francisco as the city starts to wake up again?
Thank you! I’m incredibly thankful to The Midnight Sun for bringing our show back! So, the most inspiring thing I’ve seen as the city starts to wake up again is the happiness you feel from people you haven’t seen (in over a year and a half because we still can’t see each other smile) when reunited. I’m also inspired by places opening back up, creating opportunities for artists to perform, and the overall loveliness that is community.
We have to ask. Any thoughts on the current cast of Rupaul’s Drag Race?
Not really. No. I will say; however….. (I guess I do have thoughts on It), It should have coped/followed the format and personalities that were found in Drag Race UK Season 2! I looooooved Drag Race UK Season 2. I was fully invested, cared about the contestants, fully sold on the fantasy that was "BING BANG BONG” and wanted more! Drag Race US didn’t do any of that for me, no disrespect to the girls. The production company cared more about “playing chess” and being strategic (for ratings) than actual character development. It felt overproduced. It was overproduced… It IS overproduced. I’m really happy that Simone won, I felt bad for Rosé and her busted ankle but thought (going into It) that It would be between Simone & GotMik. UK was still better though..
More importantly. Who are your drag icons?
As old as I am, and as long as I’ve been doing this, I don’t really have “drag icons”. There are people I respect wholeheartedly for their contributions to their art, community, craft, and kindness, but no “icons”. Those that have a substantial amount of respect from me (even though many are deserving I’m going to point out a few) are people like our newly elected Empress Juanita More, Sister Roma, Honey Mahogany, D’Arcy Drollinger, Peaches Christ, Katya Smirnoff-Sky, Alina Maletti Galore, Carnie Asada, several members of La Maison de Munro and countless others! There are far too many to name, but you get the picture. :)
We have just finished voting for the empress. As a hugely successful empress yourself, Do you have any advice for the next Empress, whoever she may be?
Absolutely! Don’t listen to anyone else advice! It was the best advice I ever received and after spending a year as Empress, I completely understand why It was. But, It is my hope that our Empress makes the most out of her year. Each of us only gets one!
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