The Cherie & Yolanda Archive Project is LIVE!
In the late 90s, Cherie & Yolanda LIVE! was a staple of Vermont cable access—a literal variety show, featuring guest interviews, musical performances, live telephone calls from viewers, poetry readings, and performance art, all filtered through the bawdy and burlesque charisma of hostesses Cherie Tartt (Steven West) and Reverend Yolanda (Yolanda Roger Anthony Mapes).
The guest list was a who’s who of Burlington’s music and theater scenes, and the show celebrated and supported the social justice work of the city’s queer-positive individuals and organizations. The show aired from 1998 to 2001, including the hostile years of the Vermont civil unions debate.
The impact they had on their viewers was palpable—queer youth connected with them, adults found levity and power from their very public presence as two drag queens on local TV, and all viewers experienced a peek into the work and play of the Vermont queer community.
Fifteen years after the final episode, Cherie and Yolanda reunited live on-air as part of the 20th anniversary of the Winter Is a Drag Ball...