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Even as fans rallied to help Coco Peru
get her next film off the ground, the
drag goddess still likes her comedy live
RICH LOPEZ I Staff Writer
xpect a lovefest when Coco Peru comes
back to Dallas for Pride weekend. With
memories of a responsive audience, shop-
ping and beef jerky during her last go-round
here nearly two years ago, the drag goddess is
hoping for a repeat performance. Sort of. She's
back on the road with a new show, but that's not
all the legendary queen has going on.
"Well, we've filmed Girls Will Be Girls2 al-
ready" Peru (aka Clinton Leupp) says, "Right
now the writer/director is busily editing. It's just
one of those things: You film it and hope for the
Peru has garnered a significant amount of film
work over the years, usually with notable
cameos in films like as Trick, but occasionally as
the star, as with Girls Will Be Girls. But she admits
live performance is where she's at her best.
"I like to think my show is like watching a the-
ater piece/' she says. "I love film acting, but it's
exciting on a whole other level. There's not that
energy of a live audience and no feedback. So
often, comic timing is how the audience is react-
ing to you. With acting, you mentally feel it out,
try it and mostly trust the director. I find some-
times I rehearsed a line so much in my head, it
takes me a few times to take direction on it."
For Girls 2, Peru discovered
just how much her fans appreci-
ated her work. As a micro-mini
indie, the film went on the web-
Site Kickstarter to raise funds. As
word got out that the film was in
production and that Peru was in
it, the money rolled in.
"The movie was completely funded by fans,"
she exclaims, "ft was just incredible that they
would want to pay money! And I must say, most
of it came from my fans. I'm just putting that out
Along with funds from Kickstarter, the crew
itself was almost all-volunteer. People would just
DRAG QUEEN SIPPY CUP | Coco Peru would love to tease the Lone Star State, but says her last visit here was too fun to be mean to queer Texans.
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3911 Cedar Springs Road (inside
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show up, willing to help out. It turned into an ac-
tual labor of love.
Along with donated help, the production even
received a donated green screen.
All the generosity reminded Peru
that people are that genuinely
kind and that it's all right to ask
for things, which usually embar-
rasses her. She saw this particu-
lar filmmaking experience.as a
good lesson on many levels,
"Let's just hope the movie's funny," she
Dating back to the "early '90s" — that's as spe-
cific as her website will get — Peru gives much
credit to her fans along the way for the success of
her career. Even if they come up to once again
mention her role in the film Trick, Peru takes
none of it for granted. Perhaps it's cliche for any
type of celebrity to appreciate their fans, but she
talks at length about how her fans have kept her
"It's so overwhelming, whether it's a movie or
my own shows, that they will take time to con-
tact me to tell me whatever it is they are feeling,"
she says,: "l.feel lucky and blessed when they
reach out to me and I strive to answer every
email. I remember those days that felt so lonely
and sad. Growing up gay and feeling rejected
doesn't make a happy life. But when you get
over 800 birthday messages on Facebook, it's
She'll meet a new slew of fans on her current
End of Summer Tour, as she'll visit Tampa and
Las Vegas for the first time as a performer. Even
with her experience onstage, Peru is still daunted
by a new audience, the same way she was before
playing Dallas the first time early last year.
"The first time, I was nervous and I didn't
know what to expect," she recalls. "1 felt that au-
diences came wanting to have a great time. You
go to certain cities and they have a bit of an edge,
but in Texas, it was an immediate love fest on
In her new show, There Comes a Time, Peru
talks about getting older and reminiscing about
her life. Fortunately, Dallas isn't a punch line in
her monologue; The city left a good impression
on her and she only hopes to make another one
of her own.
"Well, I'm happy to be coming back and they
took such good care of me last time," she says^
"but I don't wanna jinx myself. You never
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