A Pacific Northwest streaming service that shall remain shameless helps fill the void as to a dearth of live theater by offering the Leslie Jordan ("Will and Grace") one-man show "My Trip Down the Pink Carpet." This recap of several decades in show business evokes good thoughts of the similar fare of Jordan BFF (and righteous son of a preacher man) Del Shores. Neither out-and-proud dude is afraid to tell it like it is.
The following trailer highlights the elfin effervescence of this member of the Screen Actors' Guild who would qualify for membership in the Lollipop Guild. His use of the oversized boxes on the minimalist stage may as well be the large rocking chair of Lily Tomlin's Edith Ann.
The hilariously candid Jordan quickly establishes that he clearly is the voice of gay men of a certain age who grow up (but do not come out) during a not-so-enlightened era. This includes the tale of his mother taking him to the movies for the first time when he is four.
The rest of this story is that the film is "Darby O'Gill and the Little People," which results in Sean Connery being the first crush of Jordan. The additional hilarity that ensues involves Jordan using the backseat of the family woodie as the stage for his first concert on the way home.
"Remington Steele" era Pierce Brosnan playing the same role for the next generation of gay men indicates that the "Bond" folks know their secondary audience.
Another story that is relatable to roughly 10-percent of the male population is how Jordan first comes to get his groove on at a gay bar, The manner in which he is literally and figurative embraced seems par for the course. This one evokes thoughts of the perfect performance of Jordan in the (reviewed) filmed performance of the Shores play "Southern Baptist Sissies." This time, Jordan is the veteran taking the gayby under his wing.
Jordan further regales the audience with his fresh-off-the-bus tale of (inexplicably) being cast as a tough G-man on an '80s-era Robert Urich series. Everyone on the set making a (presumably failed) effort to get Jordan to butch it up is a "Trip" highlight.
Jordan discussing this mission impossible while bouncing around the stage with the velocity of a pinball channels his tour-de-force performance as aging drag queen Brother Boy in the (reviewed) Shores tour-de-force film "Sordid Lives." A highlight of that film has a hilariously agitated Brother Boy telling Cruella De Vil caliber villain psychiatrist Dr. Eve (Rosemary Alexander) of his limited success with an exercise that involves forcing himself to think of women while pleasuring himself.
A surprising omission as to the reminiscing about this part of his life is Jordan not saying Jack about his two-season supporting role on the John Ritter/Markie Post/Billy Bob Thornton sitcom "Heart's Afire." Many of us would have loved to have been a fly on the wall of that set.
The arguably best story involves Jordan buying panties for high spirit Beverly D'Angelo during the filming of the Shores lost cult-classic "Daddy's Dyin' Who's Got the Will." Thanks to Jordan, many people know the intimate details as to what comes between D'Angelo and her Calvins.
Another highlight is a monologue about being an Emmy presenter with Cloris Leachman, This one involves Leachman, who stated in the '70s that she has a third nipple, keeping her cool after a wardrobe malfunction.
Jordan wraps all this up with grand self promotion by promoting the book version of "Carpet;" in this spirit, your not-so-humble reviewer will state just as shamelessly that having Jordan sign a copy would be an appreciated act of Southern hospitality.