Gloria Brame, Ph.D.

Re-introducing Effie Dropbottom: vintage drag humor

Filed By Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | March 22, 2010 11:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Gay Icons and History, Transgender & Intersex
Tags: drag show, Effie Dropbottom, Trans history, vintage drag, vintage trans

Found this intriguing comedienne, but not much info available, just this album cover and a grainy photo that's after the jump. Anyone know this 1950s-era performer?

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I'll bet Flip Wilson played that record.

Lynn Miller | March 24, 2010 4:21 AM

This took some digging, but I found a Dutch website which claims to quote some of information printed on the album liner/sleeve.

Quoting Gladys "Gee Gee" Hill:

"When I first met Effie Dropbottom he was doing a show at Betty's Playhouse here in Houston. In 1962, and I must say he was everything I had read about and heard about. It wasn't after he was on stage and had started his act that the audience started laughing but, even when the emcee was introducing him. And when he made his entrance it was hilarious!!! Dressed in a costume that only a person like Effie could dream up, he kept the audience on the edge of their seats and in stitches until he was through.

Born in Oklahoma City, Effie Dropbottom got the show business fever at an early age, but his parents turned thumbs down on it until' Effie himself felt he was old enough to go out on his own. Singing was out, as far as Effie was concerned, so he turned to comedy and female impersonations and has been on top ever since.
For 12 years now, Effie Dropbottom has played some of the largest nite clubs in the states. For the past 5 or 6 years he has been living in Houston, Texas but travels all over Texas and Louisiana thrilling audiences with his saucy jokes and weird dances. In 1966 he put a show together and made it to Fairbanks, Alaska where they stayed for three months. Once a year Effie puts on a female Impersonators Ball, where he makes all the costumes, including his own, teaches his sister female Impersonators how to walk, pose and deliberately captivate the audience. In his spare time he trains Shake Dances as well as Go Go Girls.

He's a person with a bundle of energy, a wonderful personality and very easy to talk to. And whether he's relaxing at his fabulous home, performing on stage or entertaining friends he's always the same warm hearted person you've always known, or hop to know. While talking to Effie, I asked him what was his secret for staying at the top in the nite club circuit and he said: "Never miss a gig, always be on time and give the show all you've got all-right friend, let's relax and listen to Effie Dropbottom "Tells It Like It Is"

http://www.xs4all.nl/~mran/33%20outloud/data/loudd.htm#TIM1969