Cole Escola is a comedian, NYC performer and a Youtube sensation. He started his career creating YouTube videos under the name of VGL Gay Boys (Very Good Looking Gay Boys) with his accomplice Jeffery Self. The videos lead to a show in 2009 on LoGo, Jeffery & Cole Casserole. The sketches were written, directed and edited by this dynamic comedic duo. The production was low budget, two twenty somethings playing around with a video camera. This was before the days of the almighty Iphone camera. Once the show ended Cole went on to perform at Duplex, Joe’s Pub, and landed roles on shows like Nurse Jackie, Law & Order, and Smash. Cole on stage is often naked, sometimes in drag and always funny. We at Fop scored an interview with this exceptionally talented man. We learned of his crafting skills, his first kiss and what exactly he would do for moist cake.
The weather is changing here in New York. Let’s be wistful. Could you tell us a memory from some long ago? Sure! Oh gosh, let me see. New York is so romantic! In keeping with the romance of the city, I’ll tell you the story of my first kiss. I was a sophomore in high school and a group of college guys called me a faggot in the parking lot of a Target. My friend Sarah kissed me to “prove them wrong”.
Do you collect anything and/or… What do you nerd out about? (Ladies choice.) I’m a performer. I collect experiences, people, powerful interactions. Totally kidding. I have a Macbook from 2009 under my bed loaded with nothing but Corbin Fisher porn. It’s my hope chest. #JoshRidesTravis
You are very, very funny, and it’s always interesting what funny people find funny. What makes you laugh? Well first of all, thank you for the compliment. Secondly, I laugh all the time, but it’s more of a nervous reaction than a response to something funny. It’s a bad habit I picked up from being weak. I can’t even remember the last time I legitimately laughed at something funny. Maybe ‘81? What year did Love Boat go off the air?
How do you feel about the woods? A great place to leave a child.
Your website features pictures and videos of Judy Garland, Angela Lansbury, Bette Davis, and many more extraordinary women. They are to be adored, for sure, but what is it for you about female icons? If I could articulate what drew me to these women, I wouldn’t be a hack comedian, I would be a hack queer theory author.
Any memorable field trips from elementary school? Kind of. My third grade teacher was really cruel to me. I thought it was because I was a bad kid, but now I realize I wasn’t. I was a wussy, nerdy, goody-two-shoes! I think it was probably because I was a flamboyant little queer boy and that irked her.
Anyway, I faked sick constantly to get away from her. One of the times I faked sick my Grandma took me to Mount St. Helens. I won’t bleed the sentimental details here, but that trip is one of those memories I’ll probably recall on my death bed. I’ll probably look up into that light they talk about, and utter my last words: “We made it... to the mountain... Grandma...”
Do you dessert? Talk it out. You have no idea! I actually eat so much dessert that I decided to keep track. Can you even believe that last month I spent over $300?! Not on desserts, but on antibiotics for the infections I got from sucking dick for moist cake.
You are infamous for your brilliant Bernadette Peters… I won’t say “impression” because the word doesn’t do it justice. It’s really more of a channeling. And you are often donning a dress, a wig… sometimes some light make-up/sometimes not… and stepping in and out of an array of wickedly funny, quite unique characters. What draws you to drag? What’s the impulse? Well that’s the key word right there, “impulse.” I don’t know what it is; it’s just an impulse. I guess maybe I don’t really feel like a guy. I don’t have much fun as a male unless I’m sucking dick for moist cake.
I understand you’ve been a bit bi-coastal lately. What’s L.A. got that New York ain’t got? Huh? HUH? (That’s me being a tough New Yorker. I’m very tough.) But also… help me fall in love with the West Coast. The best part of LA was me.
Also . . . can you sleep on a plane? That’s actually one of my secret powers. I can sleep like a fucking drunk, dead Civil War soldier anywhere I go.
What’s coming up in the world of Cole Escola? Got any projects cooking? I’ve got a recurring role on a new Hulu show called “Difficult People” created by uber-talent Julie Klausner. It stars Julie and gay-for-pay icon Billy Eichner, and is produced by Amy Poehler. I also do a monthly solo sketch comedy show at The Duplex in the West Village called The First Gay President. It’s dinky and kind of a mess. (Not “mess” as in the cool, modern colloquial version of the word, but mess as in there’s a bunch of actual clutter strewn about.), But, it’s a great show. It always sells out and has a solid fan base, but I’d love for more new people to come see it.
Lastly... ever felt like a Fop? No, but I licked one on a dare.