BY TROY MASTERS | John Epperson, widely known as Lypsinka’s “Hideous Maid,” celebrated his 60th birthday on April 24 at Elmo's in Chelsea at an event hosted by Lady Bunny. Much to Bunny’s chagrin, her 78-year-old mom, Lady Becky, upstaged Bunny, wearing a classic Lady Bunny outfit and wig.
The rest of the well-wishers read like a who’s who of the ‘90s East Village/ Pyramid Club/ Wigstock/ ACT UP era, and then some: celebrated actor and playwright Charles Busch; veteran theater set designer and activist Jamie Leo; former American Ballet Theatre soloist Carlos Lopez; Chip Kidd, the book designer of Larry Kramer’s brand new “The American People”; photographer Eric Boman and his partner Peter Schlesinger (once David Hockney’s muse); singer and actress Linda Hart, a former
Harlette for Bette Midler; actress Zora Rasmussen; playwright Jim Piazza; Dan Mathews, senior vice president at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals; Playbill illustrator Ken Fallin; composer and theater producer John McDaniel; Michael Ryan of the Municipal Art Society of New York; photographer and sex party host Michael Wakefield; actress and ballerina Irina Dvorovenko; ballet dancer and Time magazine cover girl Misty Copeland and her partner Olu Evans; singer Brenda Bergman; Unitard comedy troupe members Nora Burns and David Ilku; public relations wiz and activist Jay Blotcher; and Kevin Malony, Joseph A. Berger, Gerald Herman, Bill Coyle, and Chris Dieman, the producers of “Lypsinka! The Boxed Set.”
On yeah, and I was there, with my friends Dixon Johnson and Mitch Perlman.