Harvey Fierstein

This Is Not Going to Be Pretty, Live at the Bottom Line

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Actor, playwright and...standup comedian? Mr. Fierstein took the stage at New York City's famous Bottom Line in June of 1995 and bellowed out (literally and figuratively) his pride, his prejudice, some observations and a few songs. Harvey comes off at times like a gay Sam Kinison, not in content but in style. Brash, unsubtle, in-your-face and loud.

Fortunately, Fierstein is funny. He zings it to the Right (his uncensored version of the traditional tune "Frankie And Johnny") and the holy-granola Left ("My Trip To Santa Fe"). Harvey shares high school memories mixed with stories of going to the racetrack with a bunch of straight men, and rasps out obscure gems by Cole Porter ("Tale Of An Oyster") and a not-so-obscure standard "Happiness Is A thing Called Joe." A good time was had by all.

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