John Epperson aka Lypsinka Part 2 “Don’t Let Fear Hold You Back”

Musician, playwright and performer John Epperson, (lypsinka.com)(IG:@lypsinka)(TW:@lypsinka) who is better known as her female lip sync alter-ego Lypsinka, was born on April 24, 1955, in Hazlehurst, Mississippi. In 1978, after training in classical piano from a young age and attending Belhaven University (at the time Belhaven College) in Jackson, Epperson moved to New York City, where he took a job playing piano for the American Ballet. Theater and began performing in drag. . Epperson’s character, Lypsinka, is a renowned drag performer who lip-syncs to the songs and dialogue of iconic screen sirens and to more obscure audio clips (such as a recording of a 1950s makeup application). ). Epperson has been praised for the dialogue pastiches she creates, as Lypsinka shows bring new meaning to the lines she ventrilogues through juxtaposition and gender reversal. One reviewer estimated that thousands of pieces of audio are curated together for each Lypsinka show, calling them “expressionistic, mind-blowing one-act audio marvels.” By 1991, Epperson was able to pursue a career as a Lypsinka full-time, taking her shows around the country and receiving rave reviews from even serious theater critics. Lypsinka’s mix of drag humor and performing arts, in addition to her skill as a comedian, has resulted in unique shows that appeal to fans of drag comedy and comedy, as well as theater and performing arts.

Lypsinka’s covers by Joan Crawford, Gloria Swanson, Bette Davis, Elizabeth Taylor, and Lauren Bacall have garnered critical acclaim and an adoring fan base. Her performances are complex and schizophrenic as she hurtles between emotional extremes punctuated by intense lighting changes and the sound of a ringing telephone. On shows like “As I Lay Lip-Syncing” and “The Passion of the Crawford,” Epperson creates a new narrative from sound clips. Some of these audio pieces are meant to be recognized by the audience, and some are not. Part of Lypsinka’s appeal is her ability to bring elements of drag and camp humor to her performances without disrespecting the figures she emulates, often the screen queens of Old Hollywood. Epperson refuses to bring sexist humor to Lypsinka’s shows, saying, “It’s very easy to do misogynistic drag humor,” but he “deliberately tries to[s] to avoid that.”

Epperson also works in theater and film in addition to acting as Lypsinka, and has played male characters on stage and in film. She has appeared in several feature films, including Black Swan Y Kinsey. He referenced his roots in his update of Euripides’ Greek tragedy. Medea, which he adapted for a setting in Jackson, Mississippi. In Epperson’s cheesy Southern Gothic version, entitled my death, the protagonist who kills her children to take revenge on her husband. The New York Times wrote: “Although Lypsinka herself is absent from the stage in my deathMr. Epperson brings the same deconstructive and reconstructive skills he uses to showcase that grand dame in his rewrite of Euripides for Mad magazine. [H]We have found ingenious Deep South analogs for the mechanisms of fate that ruthlessly corral our desperate heroine.”

While Epperson described growing up in a small Mississippi town as suffocating, saying he “felt like an alien” among his family and experienced bullying from his peers, Mississippi culture and artists have clearly influenced some of his work, from my death to the title of “As I Lay Lip-Syncing”. A gay bar in Jackson, Mississippi, was the first place Epperson remembers seeing drag queens perform lip-sync routines, an experience that deeply inspired him, though he didn’t start performing in drag until he moved to New York years later. .

Lypsinka is now considered an ancestor of today’s most popular drag performers. She continues to appear and perform at drag events and fashion shows considered by fans to be a legend who influenced contemporary drag performance.

Lypsinka’s covers by Joan Crawford, Gloria Swanson, Bette Davis, Elizabeth Taylor, and Lauren Bacall have garnered critical acclaim and an adoring fan base. Her performances are complex and schizophrenic as she hurtles between emotional extremes punctuated by intense lighting changes and the sound of a ringing phone. On shows like “As I Lay Lip-Syncing” and “The Passion of the Crawford,” Epperson creates a new narrative from sound clips. Some of these audio pieces are meant to be recognized by the audience, and some are not. Part of Lypsinka’s appeal is her ability to bring elements of drag and camp humor to her performances without disrespecting the figures she emulates, often the screen queens of Old Hollywood. Epperson refuses to bring sexist humor to Lypsinka’s shows, saying, “It’s very easy to do misogynistic drag humor,” but he “deliberately tries to[s] to avoid that.”

Epperson also works in theater and film in addition to acting as Lypsinka, and has played male characters on stage and in film. She has appeared in several feature films, including Black Swan Y Kinsey. He referenced his roots in his update of the Greek tragedy of Euripedes. Medea, which he adapted for a setting in Jackson, Mississippi. In Epperson’s cheesy Southern Gothic version, titled my death, the protagonist who cooks her children to get revenge on her husband beats the children with a recipe for fried chicken. The New York Times wrote: “Although Lypsinka herself is absent from the stage in my deathMr. Epperson brings the same deconstructive and reconstructive skills he uses to showcase that grand dame in his rewrite of Euripides for Mad magazine. [H]We have found ingenious Deep South analogs for the mechanisms of fate that ruthlessly corral our desperate heroine.”

While Epperson described growing up in a small Mississippi town as suffocating, saying he “felt like an alien” among his family and experienced bullying from his peers, Mississippi culture and artists have clearly influenced some of his work, from my death to the title of “As I Lay Lip-Syncing”. A gay bar in Jackson, Mississippi, was the first place Epperson remembers seeing drag queens perform lip-sync routines, an experience that deeply inspired him, though he didn’t start performing in drag until he moved to New York years later. .

Lypsinka is now considered an ancestor of today’s most popular drag performers. She continues to appear and perform at drag events and fashion shows considered by fans to be a legend who influenced contemporary drag performance.

Leave a Comment