The Last Page with owner/publisher/editor Rick Claggett

By : Jeremy Williams
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Other than founder Tom Dyer, there is no other person more synonymous with the Watermark name than current owner/publisher/editor Rick Claggett.

Rick recently entered his 16th year with Watermark turning his love for Central Florida and Tampa Bay’s LGBTQ communities into his life’s passion of telling their stories, but that wasn’t the direction he originally saw his life moving.

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Out comedian Jeff Jones on performing for straight audiences and his ‘Pink Collar Comedy Show’

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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Jeff Jones will tell you that he isn’t a gay comedian; he’s a comedian who happens to be gay. He’s also an actor, producer and playwright, one who frequents Orlando and Tampa and that’s even shared the stage with late comedic icon Joan Rivers.

On Nov. 8, Tampa Bay residents will get to experience Jones for themselves as drag and comedy collide for his “Pink Collar Comedy Show,” a night of laughter and drag divas with Brian Bradley, Carol Lee and Trixxie Deluxxe.

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Joe Posa as Joan Rivers at Liquid Tampa – July 30, 2016

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You are cordially invited to Liquid Tampa on Saturday, July 3th to a very special event with Joe Posa as Joan Rivers, and special guest Tony Tripoli (Head Writer for Fashion Police). Gather your friends and let’s give them a big Tampa Welcome.

Showtime 7pm – 8:30pm

You may Pre-Purchase your tickets online. $10.00 General Admission.

Check out our Bottle Service Offerings at http://www.liquidtampa.com and place your reservation today!

What Makes Joe Posa the Perfect Joan Rivers

In his new stage show, Joe Posa imagines Joan Rivers performing one last time before entering Heaven. Thankfully, death has not made her any less rude.

Certainly, the figure in the outrageous black and gold ruffled coat and black pants on stage at New York’s Metropolitan Room sounds and looks a lot like Joan Rivers.

As someone fortunate enough to have interviewed the real Rivers a few times—the final time, her last major interview before her death in August 2014—the similarities of voice and presence between the figure—the performer Joe Posa—and Rivers are resonant and mesmerizing.

Joan-who-isn’t-Joan, who is already holding us spellbound, is Joe Posa, an almost 50-year-old actor and former dancer. His “The Bitch Is Back” performance is not a simple drag act: He truly inhabits the Rivers persona—and Rivers herself loved his act.

Rivers died, aged 81, while undergoing a throat procedure; her daughter, Melissa, settled a medical malpractice suit against the facility earlier this month.

Posa-as-Joan comes on stage waving and flapping at the air, like a demented crow, rasping that salty ashtray-growl of hers, and she immediately starts scything merrily away at celebrity images and reputations.

“Celine Dion: She’s so thin. When I saw her in Las Vegas the black suit she was wearing made her look like an umbrella.”

The audience laughed.

“We mustn’t laugh. She just buried her grandfather.” (A typically Rivers response to the death of Dion’s husband, René Angélil, 26 years her senior.) “Joan” says that when she got to Heaven she ran into Robin Williams. He says, “Joan, you’re in a better place.” Rivers replies to him, “I’m not in a better place. I’ve got a house in the Hamptons.”

When Rivers was alive, Posa’s was the classiest imitation act around; now he is traveling around the country with a memorial show. “Joan” is told at the gates of Heaven they’re not quite ready for her, so she has come back to give us one more show.

It is not just Posa’s guttural voice, outrageous clothes, and stooped-missile bearing; Posa captures Rivers’s warm emotional presence too.

Tim Teeman, The Daily Beast

May 27, 2016

Kathy Griffin leaving “Fashion Police” after 7 episodes

By : Wire Report
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LOS ANGELES – The “Fashion Police” force is dwindling, with Kathy Griffin following Kelly Osbourne out the door.

Griffin announced her departure on March 12, after just seven episodes, in a posting on her Twitter account. The tweet was verified by her office.

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My View: From A Broad- This is what you call an Introductory Offer!

By : Jill Shargaa
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Jill Shargaa

Jill Shargaa (Photo by Judy Watson Tracy)

Watermark has asked me to write a column. “It can be on anything you want, political, serious, humorous…and it has to be about 900 words.”

I thought, “I don’t know 300 words, so this is gonna be a challenge.”

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