Filmmaker John Waters' Stand-Up Birthday Appearances in Detroit This Weekend

John Waters (Photo from Edinburgh International Film Festival)

Baltimore filmmaker John Waters, who has delivered cult classics such as "Polyester," "Pecker" and "Hairspray," is coming to Detroit this weekend for stand-up birthday party appearances at El Club in southwest Detroit. 

He was born April 22, 1946 in Baltimore. He'll be 71 this weekend. He'll appear at the club Friday at 9 p.m. ("explicit content") and Saturday at 1 p.m. with a tamer all-ages show 

What can we expect?

"I'll be a year older, so I'll be more immature in my jokes," Waters tels Mike McGonigal of Metro Times.

"What they can expect is always an updated self-help lecture for crazy people about how they can get through anything, and how you can use crime, and fashion, and movies, and art, and everything for radical politics. And how we need a new definite kind of civil disobedience brought by new young people that reflects my nostalgia for these people who used humor for terrorism to embarrass the enemy.

And God knows we have a president that would fall for it. He's a hair-hopper president; we finally have one."

Kirstin Fawcett writes at Mental Floss:

The Sultan of Sleaze, the Baron of Bad Taste, the Pope of Trash—all of these monikers have been used to describe John Waters, the Baltimore-born filmmaker who has been shocking audiences with his transgressive cult films for the past 50 years.

Show details:

  • Where: El Club, 4114 Vernor Hwy.
  • Shows: Friday 9 p.m. and Saturday 1 p.m.
  • Tickets: $40 or $200 for dinner (Friday) or breakfast (Saturday) with (Waters)
Read more:  Metro Times

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