Bob the Drag Queen Tributes Idol Carol Channing: ‘You Speak to My Soul’

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Broadway legend Carol Channing handed away Tuesday (Jan. 15) on the age of 97. Best recognized for her starring position in Hello, Dolly, the actress was additionally a beloved ally to the LGBTQ group. Today, Caldwell Tidicue, finest often called RuPaul's Drag Race season eight winner Bob the Drag Queen, tributes the long-lasting comic. During his season of Drag Race, Tidicue gained a problem during which he impersonated Channing, and she or he thanked him by way of a video message on the season eight finale. Read his touching salute under.

Dear Ms. Channing,

Let me begin by saying thanks. Over the years you’ve gifted the world together with your extraordinary skills. You shared your smile, infectious giggle, and talent to make others giggle, and we’re luckier for that.

At the 2004 Tony Awards, you offered the award for finest authentic music and or lyrics written for the theatre with rapper LL Cool J. Believe it or not, this was my introduction to you. I noticed an extremely charismatic girl hit the stage in a silver sequined cocktail gown with fringe and an enormous pair of sun shades. I couldn't take my eyes off the display screen. I requested my mom. “Who is that?” She mentioned, “Boy LL Cool J!” I mentioned, “No, the woman.” This started my obsession together with your work. In truth, I now have a tattoo of you on my forearm as a continuing reminder of that feeling.

Over the years you've been very accepting of the queer group, and that's why we’ve got held you within the highest of regards. You are and can at all times be a diva, and when the queer group calls you a diva that's one thing particular.

When I lastly moved to NYC and began hanging round theater sorts, your affect actually shone by way of. The drag queens would gown such as you within the bars, and the Broadway actors have been clearly influenced by your performances. I figured I might by no means get to see you carry out since you hadn't carried out a Broadway present since 1996. Then it was introduced that you simply'd be showing at Town Hall with Justin Vin Bond. I rushed to get tickets and waited like a giddy schoolgirl.

That was an evening I'll always remember. I used to be on the theater 40 early as a result of I didn't wish to miss something. I went in with two shut pals and we watched in awe. At the time you have been 92 years outdated. You have been escorted onto the stage and also you took your seat. Justin interviewed you and also you got here to life. You have been so stuffed with vitality! At one level an viewers member requested in the event you remembered the well-known “Ephraim let me go…” monologue. At which level you stood proper up and it was such as you have been in your 40s once more. You delivered the monologue. I received to listen to you sing “Hello Dolly” reside.

As I watched you glow with the chance to carry out that track, I spotted why I beloved you a lot: you converse to my soul by way of the language of comedy, and that's a language Rosetta Stone can't educate. You both have it otherwise you don't.

When I heard you sing I felt necessary. When I watched you smile I felt seen. Thank you for being part of my storyline, thanks for creating the artwork that you simply did, and most of all thanks for simply being particular.

Watch Channing thank Tidicue on the season eight finale of RuPaul's Drag Race under.