Mr. Lower East Side Pageant Celebrates 20 Years of Sweaty Debauchery

Posted on: March 11th, 2019 at 5:03 am by

Mr. Lower East Side Pageant at Cake Shop, Jan. 2014

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.

Mr. Lower East Side Pageant at Cake Shop, Jan. 2014

Recent Stories

Construction Resumes at 139 Bowery, Awaiting 14-Story Payload

There is finally construction activity to report at the 139-141 Bowery development site. The spot has been largely dormant ever since the double-wide walk-ups were summarily razed three years ago. With the area now buzzing, the march toward a fourteen-story future continues. Plans to redevelop the properties, in one form or another, date back to […]

Partybus Bakeshop Soft Opens on Essex Street

The Partybus is parked on Essex Street and now serving. The new bakeshop – situated directly across from Seward Park – soft opened to the public yesterday. Founded by baker Jacqueline Russo Eng, Partybus Bakeshop got its start in the nearby Hester Fair before going brick-and-mortar at 31 Essex. It offers a “rotating seasonal menu […]

Little Gio’s Pizza Expands with Orchard Street Outpost

An East Village pizzeria is making its way south into Hell Square. Little Gio’s, which currently holds down a parlor on 1st Avenue, just announced its expansion a few blocks south to 194 Orchard Street. The five-year-old business took over, and installed the requisite signage atop the shuttered gate. The space had been vacant in […]

This is the Car Horn Every Pedestrian Needs [VIDEO]

In a world driven by technology, here’s a welcomed, albeit impractical, analog solution to a maddening pedestrian problem. We’ve all had to deal with it at one point or another. An indecisive three-wide, ambling past a restaurant. Sidewalk selfie snappers. Tourists in herd formation. iZombies. Children walking irrationally. There’s only so many times you can […]

Cherry Street Hockey Rink Resurfaced with Turf Field

Street hockey players in the city, but the Lower East Side especially, are now short-handed. The ever-reliable Tanahey Playground rink on Cherry Street is officially gone. The city removed the rotting boards and benches last week, and completed carpeting the concrete with AstroTurf. As first reported last summer, the space was repurposed to accommodate organized […]