Grizzly Kiki began in April 2014 as a pop culture and drag-centric podcast hosted by Robert Lechuga & Daniel Silva. We launched with recaps of RuPaul’s Drag Race and other reality programming. Shortly after releasing the first few episodes, we narrowed our focus to create a podcast that was unique in concept and would serve a community near and dear to us: DRAG QUEENS!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The podcast is equal parts oral history and good old-fashioned kiki. We’ve found that there were few platforms where Drag and Nightlife Artists could talk about their art and themselves in an open and honest way. Most of what is known about these artists comes from videos posted on the Internet or what they experience in bars in clubs. It was clear that there were stories to be told and shared with the world. Our mission is to create a comfortable and safe environment, where these artists can share their histories and experiences.
Ours is a podcast that is meant to serve the drag and nightlife community by capturing the artists’ voices and making them available to the public. Grizzly Kiki is a program for drag enthusiasts, Drag Artists, and everyone in between.
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We are a couple of bears living in Queens who follow the drag and nightlife scene in New York. Robert hails from New Jersey, where he honed his Jersey Girl attitude and larger than life personality. Daniel is a native New Yorker who grew up with the city as his backyard, immersed in its rich cultural offerings. When not out and about interviewing Drag Artists, we go incognito as Mary Kona (Robert) & Betty Washburn (Daniel), our field correspondents and fabulous alter egos!!!
For Immediate Release:
Grizzly Kiki Creates An Archive of Queer Performers
QUEENS, NY, July 2016
Daniel Silva & Robert Lechuga are preserving the stories of Drag Queens & Queer Performers on the Grizzly KiKi podcast.
Daniel & Robert’s mission is to create an oral history of Queer Performers and give a voice to those who have been entertaining the community for years. Listeners are taken on a behind-the-scenes tour of their lives that highlight what makes them special and unique.
The podcast began in April 2014, with recaps of RuPaul’s Drag Race and other reality shows. Not long after, it became clear that there was a need for a program that would function as an archive of the lives of Queer performers. After the first interview, they were hooked and set out to create an oral history. Although Drag Queens and Queer Performers are the celebrities and icons of the LGBTQ community, they rarely get a chance to be heard. As a result of the visual nature of their art form, many people overlook these important voices.
They began by interviewing their friends and local performers who generously donated their time.. Eventually, the podcast took on a life of its own and now includes interviews with over ninety queens and performers, representing all facets of the art of drag and queer culture. Due to the overwhelming support of their friends and guests, word spread and performers began contacting them to be a part of the show. “It is extremely rewarding to have so much support from a culture that has enriched our lives and fed us creatively beyond our imaginations,” said Lechuga.
Episodes are dedicated to various topics. On Fridays, they feature interviews with Drag Queens and Queer Performers; During the airing of RuPaul’s Drag Race, recaps are released weekly; and episodes covering a variety of pop culture topics and LGBTQ issues are occasionally released in lieu of interviews.
To listen to episodes of Grizzly KiKi, please subscribe on iTunes or head over to GrizzlyKiKi.com
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Robert Lechuga & Daniel Silva
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• iTunes: GrizzlyKiKi.com/iTunes
• YouTube: GrizzlyKiKi.com/YouTube