,” was, sort of, “How I Became Paul Iacano,” and is sort of “Being Paul Iacano.” “Hedonism” enlisted the help of some of New York nightlife’s brassiest and brightest, including guest appearances by Sophia La Mar as the voice of the Universe and Molly Pope as Paris Hilton.
Iacano wrote the script and most of the music, produced, and starred in the sensational show, which lit up the room with it’s weirdly wonderful irreverence.
Iacano was born in Secaucus, New Jersey – “I’m not the biggest fan of Jersey, because when you’re an outsider, and you’re queer, and you don’t fit into boxes, you feel like it’s all your fault.” His grandfather was the Republican mayor of Weehawken for twenty years, and his dad followed suit, serving as a right-wing political figure and City Administrator for two decades.
Not exactly the prime incubator for a boy who would later wail “I don’t wanna be a twink no more” onstage in a little black dress. “When I was 3 years old, my family discovered that I had this incredibly unique talent – they used to listen to a lot of Frank Sinatra.
I finally had the chance to tell her as an adult how much she meant to me, and how she taught me that invaluable lesson, “The show must go on.” And that survivor spirit.And goes, “If you make it until intermission, I’ll give you the other half.If you make it til the end of the show, I’ll take you out afterwards and tell the audience what a little trooper you were.” And I’m thinking, “I don’t give a shit, lady, my arm is fucking broken.” But she wouldn’t take no for an answer, so I do it, I’m great, I make it through the whole thing, and at the end of the show she takes the last big bow, obviously, and then she drags me out by the broken wrist, and goes, “This little trooper fell down a flight of stairs, we think he broke something, and he went on anyway, give him a round of applause!“I attribute so much of my success to the fact I got cancer as a kid.” Paul Iacano and I are wandering through the East Village, sipping iced Flat Whites.The actor, writer, and nightlife host is fresh off his raunchy, queer cabaret show at Joe’s Pub, , and between puffs from his pipe, he’s now recounting to me his incredible, barely believable life story.
After the first hour and a half, the warm up comic ran out of standup material. ’ And the warm-up was like, ‘Oh my god, Rosie has got to meet you.’” Meet him Rosie did.