Thursday, September 18, 2014

82 Club = Club 82

stana-is-no-lady David asked about New York City's 82 Club, which was also known as Club 82, which was a nightclub in Manhattan that featured female impersonators in the 1950s and 1960s. The Club played an important part in my personal herstory.

Pre-teen, the only female impersonation I was familiar with was the Milton Berlesque type, that is, female impersonation played up for laughs with no attempt at true femulation. I wanted to be a female, not a joke, so I was not interested in that type of impersonation.

Then I discovered the weekly thumbnail Club ads in the back of the sports section of the New York Daily News. Each ad depicted a glamorous showgirl accompanied by the caption "Who's No Lady?"

I was amazed that guys could look like those gals! That type of female impersonation definitely interested me and soon I began experimenting with female impersonation myself and was well on my way to boarding the Good Ship Lollipop.

David asked for information regarding the Club and I was happy to pass along some Internet links.

Here is the link to my 82 Club/Club 82 postcard collection:

Here are other pertinent 82 Club/Club 82  links:





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Wearing Tahari by ASL.





Actor Michael Andrews femulating in the 1987 film Hard Ticket To Paradise.


  1. Thanks for the toss back to Club 82. It was another place I had heard of but never went to.

    Also thank you for the toss back to Michael Andrews. I was not familiar with his work but it seems like he was able to present as a woman in a number of different productions. Very interesting.

    1. I first encountered Michael when he appeared in a documentary about a female impersonator pageant titled "Dream Boys Revue."

  2. Stana, being out here on the "frontier" Club 82 was a dream too!

    As far as being a "lady" I would get slapped for trying to call many of my genetic friends a "lady"!

  3. I'm amazed the ad ran on the back of the sports section
    Esp during that time and age and era
    I m sure it would raise a few eyebrows( bushy ones at that) even today

    1. The ad was the size of your thumb and was buried among the horse race results.

  4. Thanks also for enlightening us to the film career of Michael Andrews. I had no idea he had done so much.