Mr. Lower East Side Pageant Celebrates 20 Years of Sweaty Debauchery
Reverend Jen, the Troll Museum curator and self-proclaimed “Bob Barker of the Lower East Side,” is back home this month for the twentieth installation of the Mr. Lower East Side Pageant. It had spent the last couple years in exile.
Nevertheless, the always raunchy event promises to be a sweaty, beer-soaked, shitshow.
“It’s that time of year again…when the first flowers of spring begin to bloom, the slugs slide out of the mud and dudes who haven’t seen the inside of a gym in over a decade suddenly want to look buff for the laydees,” Jen noted in her mailer.
Contestants need not live in the namesake neighborhood, otherwise participation would scrape bottom. Indeed, as Rev Jen notes, “no one can afford [to live here] anymore.” Each competes in three categories – the one-minute talent competition, swimwear, and evening wear (with Q&A component). Prizes are also awarded for “Best Male Tits,” “Best Nutsack” and congeniality.
The Mr. Lower East Side Pageant returns March 23 (8:00pm) at Bedlam on Avenue C.