Horns & belles

Posted on 17 Apr 2015 at 7:40am

EXCLUSIVE! Dixie Longate will launch new show in FW this fall


Dixie Longate — drag alter ego of comedian Kris Andersson, who we profiled a week ago — never matriculated at an Ivy League university. The Tupperware-hawking, ex-con chatterbox from Mobile, Ala. has, however, earned more than her fair share of horse sense while attending the school of hard knocks.

Student turns teacher this fall when Longate launches a select-city national tour of her all-new, one-woman show, Dixie’s Never Wear a Tube Top While Riding a Mechanical Bull (And 16 Other Things I Learned While I Was Drinking Last Thursday). In the show, which will get its world premiere in on Nov. 11, Longate hilariously imparts several pearls of wisdom she has picked up along the way … with the hand that wasn’t holding a drink, of course. “That’s what people don’t know,” Longate says. “I’m here to learn you all. I’m a giver. I can’t help it.”

Along with the titular mechanical bull, Longate’s new show was inspired by smoky honky-tonks, marshmallow-y moon pies and her desire not to rest comfortably on the success of her long-running Dixie’s Tupperware Party, which plays through May 3 at McDavid Studio.

“I’m not gonna just sit on my laurels,” Longate says, “cuz laurels hurt. They stab you sometimes, especially them prickly laurels. And I don’t want to sit on that. I don’t want my butt bleeding from a prickly laurel.”

Longate is ecstatic to kick off her new show in Fort Worth. It is, after all, home to the Stockyards, Billie Bob’s and hunky cowboys atop mechanical bulls.

“When they called me, I dropped everything,” Longate says in an excited drawl. “I was holding things, so I had to drop them. Cuz I had to pick up the phone. You know?”

Trust me. You won’t want to miss seeing Dixie’s big, um, opening.

— Scott Huffman

Tickets are now on sale at BassHall.com.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition April 17, 2015.

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