This may be an old urban myth, but is it true you once competed in a drag queen Dolly Parton look-a-like contest?

That’s the truth. It was at a gay club in Los Angeles. I lived in this little apartment right up the street from Santa Monica Blvd, right near the gay strip. At one particular club, they had a Halloween costume competition, and people would go dressed as Cher or me or whoever. We saw a whole bunch of Dollys walking around outside the club. So I told my friends, “Let’s go check it out.”

You weren’t afraid of being recognized?

Oh no. It was Halloween, so we just over-exaggerated ourselves. I made my hair bigger, gave myself darker, thicker, more ridiculous makeup, and bigger lips. We walked in, ordered a drink, and watched the show. Then they started the competition, and all the drag queens dressed like me were walking across the stage, to be judged by audience applause who was the best Dolly. I just wanted to watch, but my friends convinced me to get up there. They said, “Go. Go, go, do it.” And I whispered, “Okay, fine.” I jumped onstage and joined the line of Dollys.

Nobody realized you were the real Dolly Parton?

Nobody even knew. Cause I was over-exaggerated. I looked like a clown version of myself. Maybe I went too far, because I lost.

You lost a Dolly Parton look-a-like contest?

I did, yeah. [Laughs.] I got the least applause of anybody. Of course, my friends were cracking up.

How is that possible?

I guess there were some other Dolly Partons who looked more like Dolly Parton than I did. [Laughs.] They were good, I’ll give them that. But when you’re Dolly Parton and you lose a Dolly Parton look-a-like contest, that’s pretty bad.

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  1. I believe that the late Eddie Waring, the rugby and “It’s a knock-out” commentator, had the same happen to him. He was a member of the “Eddie Waring Imitators Society” and occasionally entered one of their competitions… And generally didn’t win.

  2. I heard the same thing happened to Alan Whicker. Perhaps there is a scientific theory or some such idea that explains why people’s impressions are more real than actual reality

  3. David Bellamy once lost a phone-in Bellamy impersonation contest.

    That was before the BBC destroyed his career of course, for questioning Global Warming propaganda.

    Entertaining child educator Johnny Ball met the same fate: blacklisted for Global Warming scepticism.

  4. John Denver once only came 4th in a John Denver lookalike contest. But then he was so coked-up by then he didn’t look anything like John Denver

  5. Ona documentary Tony Hadley sang Gold in a karaoke bar and was told it was just about passable but no patch on the original

  6. BniC, could that be because like so many of them, he can’t sing, and relies on the magic a recording studio to make it sound as though he can?

  7. I enjoy watching 9 To 5 occasionally, Dolly’s acting was better than I expected.

    @wat dabney, January 12, 2019 at 12:21 pm

    BBC’s treatment of Ball & Bellamey is disgraceful and evil.

    I liked them both

  8. Apparently Chet Atkins was on a cruise ship and went to have a chat with the ship’s band. They let him have a go on the guitar and he played some licks, and afterwards got told: “that was good, but you’re no Chet Atkins.”

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