Most of us are familiar with ‘Will and Grace,’ ‘Ellen,’ and even “Queer as Folk.’ But, if you really want to celebrate the power of LGBT television icons, look no further than DATV, home of Harper’s Bazzaroworld, and its iconic star Darryl Demure. Driven by a desire to bring drag, fun and frolic to television, Demure brought her idea to the powers that be at DATV. Originally, it was not well received. Thanks to an open-minded producer named KiKi, a pilot was made for the show that now hits 16 years of airtime. ‘Our fans love the fact that as we mature in age, we remain vital.’ No easy task for any television show.
Harper’s combination of heart, hilarity and humanity make it unique, and addicting! The show has brought in many accolades including DATV’s highest honor the “Roxy L. Cole Award of Excellence,” a “Philo T. Farnesworth Award,” and multiple awards in the Ohio area.
Darryl Demure, a name that represents the sophistication attached to the star, says the Holiday Shows are the most beloved. ‘My fans love the memories we create during the season!’ As for memorable interviews, she responds, ‘I have had the honor of interviewing two of Dayton’s mayors. I think they understand the importance of the human edge the show brings to the public. I also was able to celebrate with the RubiGirls’ own Dana Sintell on her 30th anniversary of raising money to fight HIV.’
Demure’s signature tea and Fig Newtons offered to every guest, add the perfect bit of home to an otherwise over-the-top serial. ‘Dayton has been perfect for this show. At first I was like, OMG Dayton, but since then, Dayton has been named the Queerest City in the USA, according to Advocate Magazine. Our town is very liberal!’ Darryl adds.
It’s not just a show for Daytonians. Harper’s Bazzaroworld is shown as far away as Manhattan, New York. The future looks bright for this staple of the area LGBT community. Demure has been working on a documentary, has hosted a radio show and has generated spin-offs for DATV, including ‘Queeries.’ She credits DATV with being her second family.
If you haven’t checked out Harper’s Bazzaroworld, do yourself a favor. The show is chock full of frivolity. Talking socks, music videos alla Demure, and surprise guests keep Daytonians coming back! Of note, the show is the longest running LGBT local access television shows in the country. No joke there!!
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