- My name is Tigger!, spelled with an exclamation point. If you say my name without enthusiasm you're mispronouncing it.
TIGGER! (James Tigger! Ferguson) "The Godfather of Neo-Boylesque" has performed in NYC since 1988 & around the world since 1993. A pioneer in the 1990s burlesque renaissance who won the 1st-ever "King of Boylesque/Mr. Exotic World" title at Burlesque Hall of Fame in Las Vegas 2006. He won numerous Golden Pastie Awards, including "Most Likely to Get Shut Down by the Law" & "Most Unpredictable Performer." His act was banned in Rome in 2011. He has performed all around Europe, Australia, North America, and South America.
He has acted in classics & original works with Taylor Mac, Julie Atlas Muz, Penny Arcade, Target Margin Theater, The Talking Band & other geniuses.
Press: "Tigger! the ‘godfather of boylesque’ MC’s the show, and also steals it... It's an irresistible performance… with Tigger! at the helm, you can’t help but have a blast." by EdFestMag, "a fantastically watchable naughty satyr" by The Scotsman, "disturbing, funny and oddly riveting all at once" by Vancouver Sun, "the Boylesque King...a heart-pounding climax" by LA Weekly, "hysterical and acrobatic" and "wickedly arch" by The New York Times, "delightful... simultaneously hilarious and titillating" by TheaterMania, "a brilliant satirist" by examiner.com, "the Taboo-Defying Dynamo" by NEXT Magazine.
- "We're born naked. The rest is drag." - RuPaul
"Damn everything but the circus!
...damn everything that is grim, dull, motionless, unrisking, inward turning, damn everything that won't get into the circle, that won't enjoy, that won't throw its heart into the tension, surprise, fear
and delight of the circus, the round world, the full existence..."
- e.e. cummings
"Not to believe in the possibility of dramatic change is to forget that things have changed, not enough, of course, but enough to show what is possible. We have been surprised before in history. We can be surprised again. Indeed, we can do the surprising..." - Howard Zinn
"If you keep expecting the party
to provide you with the fun
instead of you providing the fun to the party
then you'll never be safe
from the dwindling away
into homogeny." - Taylor Mac
"Our reason for making (art) is to change people and not to congratulate them on being how they are."
"We want our art to speak across the barriers of knowledge directly to People about their Life and not about their knowledge of art."
- Gilbert & George
"Fuck 'em in the Heart!" - said to performers before any show (so much nicer & more to the point than the old reliable "Break a leg" or "Merde")
"Je suis un mensonge qui dit toujours la vérité."
(I am a lie who always tells the truth.) - Jean Cocteau
"Those who are easily shocked should be shocked more often."
- Mae West
"When you look at the history of art, you see a history of mavericks -- people doing the wrong thing. I wish that I saw more artists doing the wrong thing. That's really more in the spirit of art that I love."
- Fred Tomaselli, Brooklyn artist
"There’s so much beauty in the world. I suppose that’s what got me in trouble in the first place." – Howard Brookner
In the 1797 Treaty of Tripoli, George Washington's administration emphatically stated, "the government of the United States is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion."
"All of us who do creative work get into it because we have good taste. Do you know what I mean? So you've got really good taste. And you get into this thing that I don't even know how to describe but it's like there's this gap. That for the first couple of years that you're making stuff, what you're making isn't good. Ok? It's not that great. It's trying to be good. It has ambition to be good. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, your taste is killer. Your taste is good enough that you can tell that what you're making is kind of a disappointment to you. Do you know what I mean? Like you can tell that it's still kind of crappy. A lot of people never get past that phase. A lot of people, at that point, quit. And the thing I would just, like, say to you with all my heart is that most everybody I know who does interesting creative work, they went through a phase of years where they had really good taste and they could tell what they were making wasn't that good, where it fell short. Some of us can admit that to ourselves and some of us are a little less able to admit that to ourselves. But it didn't have that special thing that we wanted it to have and the thing I would say to you is, everybody goes through that. You gotta know it's totally normal. And the most important possible thing you can do is do a lot of work. It's only by doing a huge volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”
- Ira Glass
"The bad girls ... had the look that I liked. I wanted to be rare, I wanted to be noticed, I wanted to be exotic as a Cotton Club chorus girl, and I wanted to be obvious as the most flamboyant hooker on the street. I just wanted to be." - Etta James