John Waters Wants 'Dominating Mothers Day'


Last July, John Waters was peddling down Commercial Street in Provincetown on the tip of Cape Cod — and thinking of Christmas and “new ways to be bad.”

Specifically, he was gearing up to write the latest edition of his annual holiday stand-up show, A John Waters Christmas, which will take him to the Ridgefield Playhouse on Dec. 19 at 8 p.m.

Christmas is not a holiday that you would automatically associate with the creator of such twisted film classics as Hairspray, Pink Flamingos and Desperate Living.

Halloween, maybe.

“Halloween is one of my least favorite holidays,” he says from his home in Baltimore, the batty burg where most of his works are set.

Waters says he would like to create a few new holidays “because the old favorites have been commercialized to death.

And he would suggest?

“Absent Father’s Day or maybe Dominating Mother’s Day, or how about Tooth Fairy Day — which would have the oldest old-school queen in each neighborhood sitting in the mall, and when your kid’s tooth is about to fall out, you take the kid there where the fairy gives you a new hairdo.”

But Waters still has a semi-fondness for the yule season.

The filmmaker, author and bon mot guest says his first Christmas memory is when he asked his parents for a hand puppet “and the album entitled The Genius of Ray Charles. I have to give myself some credit on that one and I liked the fact that my parents actually got it for me.”

And what did little John Waters make of Santa?