Mr. Murray Hill is an all around showman, in the real old-school sense of the word. He hosts variety shows, flirts with burlesque dancers and does a comedy routine.
Often referred to as a drag king, Mr. Hill prefers to call himself an entertainer. Here he shares some tips for teens, and reveals his secret sporty side.
How do you describe what you do?
I make people laugh. Then of course, I sing, dance, eat cheeseburgers and wear polyester suits. I'm what they call an entertainer.
Do you have any advice for GLBT teens who want to get into showbiz?
Get as much experience as you can and never wait for that phone to ring. Create your own show, your own scene, your own career. If no one books you, book yourself!
Like a lot of GLBT performers, you mainly play at over 21 venues. Is there any way a teen could catch your show or get to see you in action?
I often play in rooms that serve food or in a theater, like the Zipper, and teens are welcome! I've hosted some rock shows that are 16 or 18 plus, too. I try to make my shows accessible for everyone.
Is there anything you would change about your act if you did an all-ages show?
Well, I wouldn't curse (as much) and I'd tell them not to smoke cigarettes.
Do you think anything is different for GLBT teens today than it was for you growing up?
Like apples and oranges! When I was in high school, no one had even heard of the word lesbian, or trans, or any of those terms that are now part of our cultural vocabulary. We didn't have school groups, parent groups, TV shows, the internet, or any visible support. The only thing I knew about being gay was when the other kids made fun of me! Even then, I didn't know what the hell they were talking about!
In high school, I remember going to the library looking for a book on homosexuality. I only found one book and it was all about how being gay is a disorder that needs to be cured! So, yes, so much has changed. There is still a lot to do, but so much has changed for the better.
My heart fills with joy when I see gay teenagers holding hands in the city....!
What can we expect to see from Murray Hill in the future?
Lots more showbiz! I've got a movie coming out, new shows, and a comedy album next year!
Is there anything teens would be surprised to learn about you?
I'm a champion badminton player!
When he's not hitting a birdie, you can find Murray performing many nights of the week.