photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Don we now our crazy Christmas suit: John Waters @ City Winery
John Waters

"It started with my book 'Crackpot,' which included a chapter called 'Why I Love Christmas,' " he says. "The first performance was at The Castro in San Francisco, and it just took off from there. That was more than 10 years ago, and it's gotten bigger each year -- this year I'm hitting 18 cities."

The show covers a wide range of issues, from the unavoidable stress of the season to the horrors of living Nativity scenes.

"Oh, aren't they bizarre? So frightening! It's sort of like a haunted house for Christmas. Who would take their kids to that, with the straw and the animals and the horny shepherds? I've always wanted to do a movie do about them called 'Scary Mary.' "

Waters also takes on what he sees as some of the worst trends in gift-giving.

"You don't have to spend a lot of money, but you should be creative. You have to be willing to spend the time to find something unusual, something that will surprise the person. I really hate gift cards. I mean, really? And fruit baskets are just appalling. I can go buy myself a pear. If you want to do a gift basket, at least put something good in there -- like cigarettes, or porn." - [The Tennessean]

As he's done in years past, filmmaker, author and (bad) tastemaker John Waters has taken his love-hate relationship with the holiday season on the road for his annual "A John Waters Christmas" live show tour. This year dubbed "Holier & Dirtier," it hit NYC on Sunday (12/6) at City Winery. That is some suit John has on! Check out more pics from the show below...


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John Waters

John Waters

John Waters

John Waters

John Waters

John Waters

John Waters

John Waters

John Waters

John Waters

John Waters

John Waters

John Waters

John Waters

John Waters

John Waters