Bitter Charles Busch Won’t Do Just Anything For A Laugh

Charles Busch has done some wild things on stage: The playwright… once played a hot-tempered prostitute named Maria Garbonza in 1986’s Pardon My Inquisition, and wasn’t afraid to get frisky. “At the end of the first scene in the local tavern, to make my lover jealous, I unbuttoned the trousers of a village youth and went down on him,” he recalls. Still, he says, “It was all a stage illusion, dear.” The biggest misconception about his work is that he’s an “anything-for-a-laugh kind of performer,” he says. “I do surprisingly little to get a laugh.” [His new show] Olive and the Bitter Herbs won’t have his usual onstage antics, but it’s the tenth play he’s written for longtime muse Julie Halston. “She’s one of the funniest people on the planet—offstage and on!”

Charles Busch quoted in the August 12 issue of Next MagazineOlive and the Bitter Herbs plays off-Broadway at 59E59 Theaters through Sept 3.

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  • slanty

    I like his beard.

  • Mike in Asheville

    I was first introduced to Charles Busch by my then former college boyfriend. In a way way way off off Broadway theater, we busted our guts laughing through Pardon My Inquisition. Later, ex-college boyfriend and his new boyfriend (now husband) and me and my hubby, caught
    The Lady in Question — the four of us and the whole audience, laughing hysterically through the show.

    New Yorkers delight, and visitors too, Busch puts on a great show. Support the troupes.

  • Maila

    I hope to see more celebrity and fashoin

  • Marriage Equality

    Charles is also one of the nicest people you could ever meet!

  • Jakey

    “I do surprisingly little to get a laugh.”

    I’ve seen ‘Die Mommie Die.’ It’s no surprise.

  • milhouse

    Peaches and Herb was a great act.

  • ewe

    I adore him. Thank the gods for people like Charles Busch.

  • Jack E. Jett

    He is such a major talent. One of my favs.

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