Drag queen takes the stage in Keystone
A cheap black wig, a toothy, open-mouthed grin and red-hot lipstick are the most defining characteristics of Miss Richfield. Her perfectly coordinated outfits and snazzy fashion sense also can’t help but catch the eye. “Don’t ever let anybody tell you that fabulousness can’t be found in the first-tier suburbs,” said Miss Richfield 1981 on her elaborately informative website.Not many would guess that the comedienne known as Miss Richfield 1981 is actually the alter-ego of midwesterner Russ King, who is a native of Richfield, Minn. (1981 is the year that King graduated from high school in Richfield). Miss Richfield will be performing a comedy routine Monday evening to kickstart the Mardi Gras celebration at the Green Light night club in Keystone.”We actually discovered her when some of our food and beverage people saw her perform on a cruise ship. We just knew she’d be perfect to bring to Summit County. She’s hilarious; she’s like someone out of ‘The Birdcage,'” said Steve Schwartz, general manager of the Green Light.Miss Richfield travels on a regular basis with Atlantis Events, a Hollywood-based company specializing in gay and lesbian resort vacations and cruises.She’s widely known for her “suburban humor and home-style sensibilities,” and has been “wowing audiences with her combination of civic boosterism and flamboyant fashion sense,” according to her website.
She debuted in a cabaret show in 1996 and has since been recognized as a top artist and performer in the twin cities and nationwide. She attends benefits and luncheons as well as drag queen competitions. She’s also made appearances on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and the Today show on NBC. The drag king and queen competition has been a Mardi Gras tradition in Keystone for the past three years, but this is the first year that a drag comedy routine is part of the Mardi Gras celebration, according to Keystone communications manager Amy Kemp.”I don’t believe Summit County has ever had a drag comedy routine before,” Kemp said. “I think people will definitely be intrigued by Miss Richfield.”
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