Ben Rimalower: NewNowNext 9

Ben Rimalower backstage after a performance of ‘Patti Issues’, held at the Duplex cabaret theatre. New York City, USA – 13.09.12
Ben, future MacArthur genius grant winner and pal of ours here at Logo, has been — deservedly — getting rave reviews from everyone including the New York Times for his one man show at the Duplex, Patti Issues. Sure, we knew him back when this show of his was really NewNowNext, so we’re admittedly late to the Patti Issues fan club, but here’s how we make up for it: (Ben, clip this!)

“Hilariously personal and expertly delivered, Patti Issues is the most entertaining, sharpest and — at times — sweetest one man show running.”

Good news for anyone who hasn’t seen the show — in addition to the run at the Duplex which has been extended into April — Ben just announced some California performances on March 26th at UC Berkeley, March 27th at the Marsh in San Francisco, March 28th at Martinis Above Fourth in San Diego and both March 29th and 30th at Casita Del Campo in Los Angeles. For tickets to any of those California shows or here in New York at the Duplex head to

And now, to give you an idea of how funny Ben is, we had him sit down and fill out our NewNowNext 9 questionnaire.


1. What movie line do you use, possibly too much?

While it technically counts from the movie of Dreamgirls, it’s
originally a musical theatre line, “Who’s she?” with hostile emphasis
on the she. It often expresses the love and light in my heart…

2. Church of Scientology or Church of Latter Day Saints?

LDS all the way. I’ve had a fetish since we lived next door to a
Mormon family with six sons when I was a kid.

3. Trend you’d be happy to see the end of?

Skinny jeans.

4. Favorite Cher song and why?

You Better Sit Down, Kids—although if I’m being honest, I really
prefer Liza’s version!

5. Which Spice Girl are you?

To quote Sandra Bernhard, “the mother, Old Spice.”

6. Marry, F*ck, Kill: James Franco, Andy Cohen, Anderson Cooper?

Marry Andy Cohen (he’s Jewish, we have a lot in common and he could
help my career), fuck James Franco and kill Anderson Cooper. SORRY,

7. Who do you stalk on Facebook?

Oh, Jesus, this is so embarrassing, but I have the biggest crush on my
friend’s boyfriend. I won’t say whose! But I need to check every
morning for new pictures or tidbits.

8. Best drunk text you’ve ever sent or received?

On ecstasy on New Year’s, I once texted a guy that my resolution was
to suck his cock.

9. Lie you always tell?

I claim to have seen Tyne Daly in Gypsy. It gives me confidence!

And in case you missed it, here’s Ben with Patti LuPone on Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live.”