SF underground icon best known as impresario and emcee of the Annual San Francisco Drag King Contest is The Man With The Biggest Balls in Show Business.
As an entertainer, the artist formerly known as Lu Read, started performing drag back in the 80’s as a singer and guitarist fronting a huge Motown cover band which incorporated notorious drag trendsetters: Doris Fish and the Sluts A-Go-Go.
Lu Read began promoting club events in 1988, teaming acts like The Del Rubio Triplets with fellow drag artists who relished in outrageous, bizarre, and hilarious performances.
In 1993, Lu masterminded Merkinstock as a West Coast response to Lady Bunny’s Wigstock.
With so many talented Queens and a burgeoning number of Kings anxious to entertain, DragStrip was launched by Read as a monthly showcase of both Drag and Strip/Burlesque acts – to top it off a Fetish Lounge, “Dungeons and Drag Queens” was incorporated. Every show benefitted local charities like PAWS (Pets Are Wonderful Support) and other AIDS non-profits.
DragStrip and SFDK has featured international stars like: Holly Woodlawn, Justin Vivian Bond, Jane Wiedlin, Animal, Landon Cider, Vinsantos, Kitten on the Keys and more.
Fudgie was voted best Drag King 2020 in the BAR Besties poll. He has also hosted and appeared on the SF Pride Main Stage, Folsom Street Fair, The Warfield, Regency, Castro and Kabuki Theaters, and every last underground bastion that makes San Francisco the wild, gay, charming, and eccentric City it is.
Fudgie has been recognized by the State of California with proclamations thanking him for his creativity, performance, and celebration of the diversity of gender.
As an actor, Fudgie’s favorite film appearance to date is “Hush Up Sweet Charlotte” where he shared a scene with Dreamlander cult goddess, Mink Stole.
Fudgie has also worked as an Andy Warhol impersonator and somewhat recently debuted a new drag alter ego character, Byrd Turgler, his cousin from Calabria, who sings in Italian.
Fudgie Frottage’s Dazzling Array of Appearances and Production include:
Hush Up Sweet Charlotte, Billy Clift, 2015
Lulu Gets a Facelift, Marc Huestis, 2006
El Presidente, Anne Geezman/ ISW, 2005
Strap ‘Em Down, Ann Meredith, 2002
Virtue, Esther Paik/Camera Obscura, 1997
Gendernauts – Monica Treut, 1997
Hey USA, 2015
The Tyra Banks Show, 2005
Dog Eat Dog (NBC), 2003
Reality Check, SF cable, 2001
Canned Peaches, SF cable, Peaches Christ, 2000
The Maury Povitch Show, 1999
Lavender Lounge, Mark Kleim, 1996
THEATRE and NIGHT CLUB
SF Drag King Contest, Producer / MC, 1997 – present
DragStrip, Producer, Emcee 1995 – present
The Dong Show, Producer / MC, 2017
Co-Producer: Lady Bunny, Trans-Jester SF, 2017
Chez Badunkadunk, 2013 – 2014
Ghostlight, Theatre St. Marks, — The Jackie Factory, NYC 2011
Warhol Live, The DeYoung Museum, Andy impersonator, 2009
Exotic Erotic Ball, MC 2007-2009
Mondo Porno SF, Co-producer, MC, 2005 – 2007
Smutfest, co-MC w Jennifer Blowdryer, 2006
Fudgie Fridays, MC, weekly show at the Transfer, 2006
Village Peeps, performer, Don’t Stop The Music, Castro Theatre, 2002
Murray Hill’s Drag King Invitational, NYC 2001, performer
Gomorrah, Club True, NYC, 2001, performer.
Village Voice Radio, Robin Byrd, guest, 2001
House of (Mo B.) Dick, Kings of the Road Tour, 1998, promoter, host and MC.
More For Les — Leslie Feinberg Benefit, Co-Producer, 1997
Club Throne, Where Kings Cum, 1997, producer, MC.
Transfusion Smackdown, Drag wrestling, Producer and MC, 1997
Wigstock West, Consultant, 1996
A John Waters Xmas, Castro Theatre, 1996, performer.
Burning Woman, Flaming Queen, 1996 and 1999
Merkinstock, Producer and performer, 1993 and 1999
Still Alive, Doris Fish Benefit, 1989, performer.
Booking Agent for The Del Rubio Triplets, 1988
Singer and guitarist with Zazu Pitts Memorial Orchestra, 1983 – 1985
First I Look At The Purse, Single 2021
Padded Bra, Single, 2009
Pass the Fudge, Single, 2008
Cock of the Bay, single, 2007
Sweet Pee, single 2004
To Sir Fudgie With Love, single 2003
Mama Told Me Not to Cum, single, 2001
BiValves for Breakfast, with the Androgyneous Androids, 2001
Porn Star, single, 2000
Genderqueer, Dave Naz, 2014
Iron Glove, Velvet Fist, Larry Utley, 2004