KIKKI LEE ... a profile
An interesting name. An interesting person and such people are
always fun to read or write about.
KIKKI is one of those people
who love to flirt with your sense
of humor and is, in fact, one of
the down-to-earthiest people in
town. His wit and myrth make him
eazy to remember.
On stage, Kikki has seen feast
and famine; good times and bad.
Performing presently at the Bayou Landing in Houston, KIKKI has
seemingly achieved new status,
something many are now still in
grooming for. But this presentpo-
sition did not come easily; it is
the culmination of ten years or
more of hard work and professional perserverence.
Born in Sweeny, Texas and.
weighing 230 pounds, with blonde
hair and blue eyes, out of custume,
KIKKI appears robust and cherubic. In fact, while not peeforming
at the Landing in Houston,, usually prefers to hang around the
front entrance to chit-chat with
people as they arrive. Camping,
cutting up, adding to the nig bar
cutting up, adding to the BIG
BAR the warmth it needs. People
very seldom realize this cut-up
at the door is the same impersonator they applaud on stage.
In the past decade or so,
KIKKI has performed at such
places as the Desert Room, the
Nugget, Finnocchio's, the New
Yorker, the HiKamp, the Glass
Stein, the OLDCabaret, the NEW
Cabaret (downtown), the GBI,
the Scene I, Pappa Bear's, and
has toured the New England
states unto Canada and beyond...
Kikki has also played straight
or straight-owned bars such as
the Cobra, the Gold Garter, etc.
Of this training, KIKKI has developed a knack for working pto-
fessionally on almost any stage
and it is understandable, therefore, why she should now show
such professionalism on the vast
stage of the Bayou Landing.
KIKKI'S favorite hobbies are
sewing, movies, making costumes
for herself and others.
Unique is KIKKI'S alter-ego;
for example, as much as she enjoys people and likes to be a-
round them so much, she still
loves times of being all alone.
And at those times, packs off to
the hinterlands, or to a bayou
or seashore or even mudhole
somewhere to sit and 'shell' or
fish for days. He loves the out
doors. Almost as much as he loves
Kikki loves to travel too. A-
mong his favorite cities are
Houston, where he has been now
more than a decade, Dallas (for
the fun of it), and New York City,
where everything is so different.
KIKKI's interests are as varied
as his acts and performances and
jokes. For example, to supplement
his income, he deals in antiques...
both to enjoy finding them, and
also to enjoy finding then: good
homes where they'll be appreciated.
Evenings at home find him sew-
ing, or sorting out his special
record collection and old shows
taped or recorded. He's forever
on the look-out for new or original material, and for 'old stuff
people have forgotten about, an*3
enjoys searching out antique records or tapes. Sometimes he is
able to locate things he can u*e in
tHIS unique entertainer co-h< ts
the show t r Houston Bay i
Landing tcgetnt with Jennife.
George, and of 'ennifer, hespey
almost adoringsy; a beautiful boy
and when in costume, a really
beautiful woman, says Kikki. But
his own personal attitude toward
himself is different. HE feels HE
is A DRAG QUEEN..in the old
sense of the word...not the street
walking transy....(as he puts it).,
and is not a girl!...once you've
made yourself into a girl, you ARE
a girl and not a female impersonator. But I try to make myself
LOOK like a drag queen...in other
words, a MAN impersonating a
female. Then I rely on my talent
TO IMPERSONATE AND ENTERTAIN! But never for a minute
do I want them (the audience) to
think I want to look like a girl. I
guess, says Kikki, 'I'M a hangover from the past days when we
used to do this sort of thing for
the fun of it. It was better and
sometimes funnier to do it half-
assed in drag. I like to remind
people that I'm a good performer
and not a make-up artist or tran-
sy.(Referring to non-pro's).
Kikki also likes to pick and use
numbers in her routines on stage
that people can't sit and mouth the
words to, and that's why I like my
acts to be unusual.
He performs because he LIKES
to. Self-employed otherwise, and
comfortably incomed, he jabbed at
some other performers who lose
'professionalism' by playing to the
TIPS . 'Very unprofessional* he
bemoans.Akid on stage needs to
remember that he has just one
job to do...and that's to entertain! Tips only seem to cheapen
the act and give it the look of
a 'Carny Can-Can' act. Today,
these kids are more intent on receiving those dollar bills than the
applause they're really supposed
to be working for. And, he says,
I want the applause. I'd like the
dollar bills too, but I won't play
for them. I make enough money
in salary to give it my all, and
the tips, if they interfere with my
act, just have to remain in the
hands of the audience. But mainly because it breaks my stride.
TO PAUSE TO SAY THANKS TO
ONE PERSON...while ignoring the
rest of the audience...it's just unfair to the rest of the 599 watching the act.'
When asked where he plans to
go on from the Bayou Landing if
he leaves, Kikki didn't know for
certain. He hopes by that time,
there will be .live shows available to him, where he feels today
is a long way off. But where shows
should now be heading.
Kikki loves to make the other
show bars and thoroughly enjous
his free time visiting as many as
possible. He loves to encourage
the new performers and offers
some advise to the newest: 'BE
MORE LIKE A PROFESSIONAL
ENTERTAINER. STOP TRYING
TO LOOK SO MUCH LIKE A WOMAN AND CONCENTRATE ON
TALENT. DON'T TRY TO LOOK
LIKE A STREET WALKER. TRY
TO LOOK LIKE A FEMALE IMPERSONATOR.'
Kikki went on to advise that
the newcomer shouldn't glamorize himself to a song, but to do
an act to portray or INTERPRET
the song. And to play down the
costuming. Makeup is important.
What's a clown without the right
n, " eup. 'When I first started, I
played for straight groups, mostly
.,-: for kicks.Pants folded up under the dress which was just a
h&tky rag, and wore a lousy wig,
was the IMPRESSION I
mi • that people loved, and the
le ioved it. I even played for
\T.A. OF ALL PLACES, And
liked that sort of thing.
But I'm not sure how far I would
have come, if I'd put a lot of my
time and money into expensive
wigs, costumes, etc., And I believe that's true today. Pick the
right material to use, emphasize
the fact you're a MAN in female
attire, and it returns you to the
real life of impersonation.
Kikki doesn't smoke, drinks
moderately. His favorite drink is
a brandy alexander. Occasionally,
Kikki visits FRIZBEE'S for fun
and games, and often meets people
away from the club environment
which gives him a broader look
He doesn't particularly care
for porno movies and would rather spend his time in ordinary
movies and seeing current shows
int town. 'I'D RATHER RESERVE
MY SEXLIFE FOR MY BEDROOM
than share it with someone else
on the screen like a voyeur.'
This truly capable performer is
at home in his element, the big
BAYOU LANDING in Houston.and
the employees love having him a-
round with his sometimes wicked
sense of humor. He loves to tease
people into laughter and does his
best to get the stuffy ones to let
their hair down. Kikki is a personality on and off stage...and when
you visit the Bayou Landing, you
will have little trouble locating
him...just follow the laughter...
he's sure to be the source of it.
And when you meet him, prepare to make a friend. He's not
happy until everyone he knows
IS indeed, his friend.
DALLAS BAYOU LANDING
In an unannounced move, the
Bayou Landing did a little house-
cleaning, in response to varied
complaints about the personnel
employed there. Most of the employees named as 'disinterested'
in the customers' welfare were
dismissed and were replaced almost entirely. The move included
the club's manager all the way
down to clean-up people, though
one or two remain. Management
felt the move was necessary, due
to its shift of policy which is aimed at 'more personal' service to
One explanation given was the
need to show patrons that no matter how large or popular a place
can get, it's still neccessary to
be polite, friendly, and interested in giving good service; these
factors were not being provided
by the previous crew.
'It was a difficult thing to do,'
one source was quoted as saying,
'because so many had been with
us so long'.
But Dallas Gays seem delighted with that move, because the
new personnel have adopted the
policy almost to the letter and
have been enjoying the change.
This produced a new air of favor
toward the BAYOU LANDING and
the excitement it has brought has
returned to the club many who
otherwise, because of poor service had been staying away. The
loss of these people was actual-
not felt, because of the vast number of people jamming this club
nitely, but nevertheless, their return increased tremendously the
nitely business, and, true to the
overall plan, service has been
more than satisfactory.
The recarpeting of the club,
it's new balconies and step-lites,
the stepped-up show, the expensive sound system just recently
installed, the new outside paint
job and new outside entry'shelter, have shown Dallasites that
management really cares for its
clientele. And has made these modifications before they were really
needed, to show its sincerity to
the club's thousands of patrons.
The club's operator, in a conference with his new staff indicated his intent to perform a very
efficient service with a very personal touch for EVERYONE or
ANYONE walking through the door
of this club....and emphasized the
order of the day: TREAT THEM
Bunch's apartment is active
these days; so's his appetite. If
he gains any more weight, he'll
never make it through the front
Idoor, let alone behind his bar...