Witti on Video
Aren't Social Media and New Technology great? People can take quick video of a performance at an event and post it right up! Here are some clips of Witti in Action: Some Solo, some with a group. Enjoy! (Aug 1, 2018: There seem to be a couple of technical problems with a couple of clips. Pardon while I try and fix them.)
Folsom Street East, 2016
It was one week after the massacre at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. Originally, I'd intended to do a more playful, lighter number, but that year I was scared and angry. And Defiant.
My Final Walk as Empress XXVI
My year as Empress of New York ended with a fabulous production number at Night of a Thousand Gowns, produced by Robert Levinstein and Alan Wager of 22QEntertainment, directed by Keith Andrews and featuring the amazing talents of Michael Borges, Todd Michael Cook, Michael Gellert, and Kent Zimmerman. Video by Anthony Bellov.
And I Am Telling You, I'm Not Going
Well, it's more that I'm still here, as I sang in a benefit for longterm survivors...
Booze or Men?
Sometimes it's hard to tell, but in Fred Barton's amazing "Pour Me a Man" from "Miss Gulch Returns," we get to ponder the question. Performing here at Stage 48 for Trinity Place Shelter's 11th Annual Gala.
What Every Queen Needs!
I've wanted to do this song for years, and I finally did at a benefit for Help is on the Way Today at the Metropolitan Room on January 20, 2016!
This is My Life!
When Excelsior (my home bar in Brooklyn) opened its new location in August 2015, they had something they'd never had before: a cabaret room! I've taken to hosting up there every so often and on October 8, got to debut my rendition of the Shirley Bassey classic, "This is My Life!"
The Alto's Lament
I had the privilege of participating once again in the Metropolitan Room's New Year's Marathon! This time, with The Alto's Lament and (This is ) My Life. It's a great New Year's Tradition!
Witti Repartee's Bawds, Broads and Bachelorettes
The opening number of my cabaret in January 2015, backed up remarkably well by Robin Kradles, Ms. Ermine Muff, Natasha Carrington and Cherry Pitz!
Three at the Metropolitan Room
I was asked to perform in a benefit for Help is on the Way Today at the Metropolitan Room on August 6, 2015, hosted by current Mr. Eagle 2015, Boy Laney. Here are my renditions of "Otto Titsling," "Diamond's Are A Girls Best Friend," and "Everybody's Girl."
As Mrs. Claus in Dandy Darkly's "Fucking Christmas! Christmas Hour," December 2014, I got to tell Santa exactly what I think of our relationship in Jason Robert Brown's brilliant story-song, "Surabaya Santa."
A Guinness World Record!
Poor Unfortunate Souls
Sparkle, Neely, Sparkle!
A performance in Lucky Charming's "PowerStrip Burlesque: Something Shiny" on June 10, 2014. Video by Nick DiCeglie.
The Opening Number from the 27th Annual Night of a Thousand Gowns
Emperor XXI Ritz Kraka was kind enough to go along with my interest in having our Opening Number use the music from Follies. Happily enough, Empress X RanDee agreed to stage it: her 20th Annual Opening for ICNY's Night of a Thousand Gowns. Video by Anthony Bellov.
Going to Prom
Emperor Ritz Kraka and I attend the Annual LGBT Prom thrown by Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth (LIGALY). We speak at the 3:45 mark. It was a magical evening and we were both overcome by emotion.
Bring on the Men!
I'm a frequent guest at the Will Clark Show featuring Porno Bingo. Here I am in May 2013 performing "Bring On The Men" from Jekyll and Hyde.
I was thrilled to be included and SO excited to join 350+ other artists at The Metropolitan Room as they produced 60 hours of continuous variety show entertainment on January 1 - 4, 2015. My slot, the glorious witching our of 3:00 AM on Friday, January 2nd. I got to perform two of my favorite numbers, and Neal B. from Broadway Sings for Pride took this fabulous video of my performance of Jekyll and Hyde's "Bring on the Men!"
My Entree to Burlesque
In August, 2013, I performed my first burlesque act. You can read about the experience on my blog, but here's the actual video. Performed at Matt Knife's Homo Erectus show at the Stonewall Inn. This is a very different kind of performance for me, and I thank you for watching. Video by Lawrence Brenner.
There's enough of me to share!
I was asked to host a Go-Go Boy night to benefit Team Eagle and Cycle for the Cause. Once the boys were done dancing, I had a little message for them.
My Goals as Empress
On August 3, 2011, I presented myself to the membership of the Imperial Court of New York as a Candidate for Empress XXVI. Someone took video, and voila! The speech is now captured for all times.
Video by Chris Crouch. Editing by Patti Harrington
Holding Out for a Hero...or Two
In March 2011, Witti was asked to guest star with the Boys of Bearlesque at The Stonewall Inn. In this clip, she essay's Jennifer Saunders fabulous version of "Holding Out for a Hero" from Shrek 2, assisted by two incredible heroes, David Hamm and J.D. Leggett!
Video: Nicholas Robertson Forge
Reading Dr. Seuss
The son of a very dear friend was graduating from college, and I was asked to come to his graduation party.
I thought a perfect gift would be a copy of Dr. Seuss' "Oh the Places You'll Go" autographed by all of his friends. Of course, I had to do dramatic interpretation.
Holier than Thou!
I was invited by the reigning Emperor and Empress of San Francisco (Bradley Roberts and Sissy St. Clair) to perform during their coronation. Their theme? "Babylon by the Bay."
I did a 180 and performed "Holier than Thou" from Nunsense with my Emperor, Dowager Empress Lipps LaRue from Dallas, Dowager Empress Ajax from San Diego and Empress Kari Hardwood from Austin.
Seated on the Dais behind us are the monarchs with Jose Sarria, the Widow Norton, founder of the Imperial Court System, Absolute Empress I of San Francisco, and a legendary icon of gay history.
Here's a clip.
Oh, Dear God...
Back in 2009, just after I rejoined the Imperial Court of New York, I was asked to be in a show with a Broadway Theme. Works for me. Here's a little taste of what I can do with that old Comden/Green/Styne standard "If (You Hadn't, But You Did.) Never mind a scoop or two, I cleaned those up later. Oy.
NYC Gay Pride Rally 2012
It has become a tradition for the Emperor and Empress to open the Pride Rally and then perform a short number. Here we staged "If You Don't See" with Marsha Dimes (Green), Madison Mansfield (Brown) and Gaye Banter (Blue).