Off Cycle ‘Mr. Lower East Side Pageant’ Returns Tomorrow Night … in Ridgewood

Posted on: October 21st, 2016 at 9:50 am by

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Matthew Silver, the 2014 Mr. Lower East Side


The Mr. Lower East Side Pageant returns tomorrow night, some four months earlier than usual. Unlike earlier this year, the iconic underground beauty contest won’t be anywhere near its namesake neighborhood. This time, for the 17.5th annual event, the shenanigans will go down at the Footlight Bar in Ridgewood, Queens.

You’re probably wondering about the off-cycle nature of the event. Well, because technically the event last March never properly concluded, having begun with a last-minute venue change (from Slipper Room to Upstairs Bar) and terminated with a fight.

Rev. Jen wrote the following on the event page:

Some of you might remember the horror of last year’s pageant. Two venues had to cancel, so on the day of the event, I moved it to a bar in Chinatown above a bus stop. Brad Prowly kicked off the night with an amazing version of “Kung Fu Fighting” and then Master Lee took the stage wherein two women took their clothes off and revelead that their bodies were painted extravagantly. They then attacked Master Lee, punching him, etc. and someone somehow broke a cabinet whereupon the bar manager threw all 87 attendees out the door but not before offering me a round of drinks!

So, that means that Claude Debris (who won over the crowd by lifting computers with his penis while calling his mother) is STILL Mr. LES. It’s time for regime change!

The eclectic host, and self-proclaimed elf girl, explains that, per usual, “contestants need not live on the Lower East Side. (Because honestly, who can afford it anymore?) They simply must possess qualities, which would make them the proper representative of this neighborhood.”

The Mr. Lower East Side Pageant is at Footlight Bar tomorrow night, 8pm – 11pm. Free.

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