Hold on to your Santa hat. John Waters is coming to town.
Like a St. Nic for the adult set, the filmmaker, author and raconteur arrives with a sleigh full of nostalgic, smutty fun. It’s all done up as “A John Waters Christmas,” a touring show presented on Sunday night at The Egg (12/2, Albany NY). (See full schedule below.)
“You could call it my obsession, having the right kind of Christmas,” says Waters. “But everyone should have whatever kind of Christmas they want. Even if you’re Jewish, you can have the right kind of Christmas.”
As a writer and director, Waters is best known for comedy spoofs like “Hairspray,” “Serial Mom” and “Pink Flamingos.” It’s been eight years, though, since his last effort, “A Dirty Shame,” received a commercially dooming NC-17 rating. Since then, he’s published a couple of books and has been getting lots of mileage out of the grandest and campiest of American holidays. Along with his annual one-man show, Waters has released an album of songs and carols and also made efforts to produce a Christmas movie — titled “Fruitcake.”
For Sunday night, bring him your questions — about your Christmas dilemmas or his legendary career — and expect some fun memories and sharp advice.
“Growing up in Baltimore, I was so confused by Christmas. I though the holy trinity was Jesus, the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus,” he recalls. “Sitting on Santa’s lap was fun, but stay away from Easter Bunny. That costume is always filthy.”
Speaking of filth, Waters admits that his take on the holidays is probably not right for families. But nothing in our interview came off as mean spirited or even X-rated. Waters is just highly opinionated with a rapid-fire delivery on a vast array of topics.
“Books are the best gift, you really can’t go wrong. Clothes are the toughest because you never really know the person’s style,” he says. “The Salvation Army is a great place to shop, but only if you get for the most outrageous items and wear them all together at the same time. That is, if you’re brave. But if you’re old enough to remember the style, then you’re not allowed to wear it again. And no one over 25 should put on those skinny, skinny jeans. And never leather pants.”
“A more stylish Santa would be nice,” continues Waters, hardly taking a breath. “They should have a slimmed down Santa at Bloomingdale’s telling you which expensive things to buy. Santa’s always great but never ask the fattest person to play Santa. It’s discrimination.”
Speaking of distinctive styles, I told Waters that I pictured him in an ascot. Or did I imagine that?
“Oh, I maybe wore an ascot in grade school,” he says. “That would explain why I turned out the way I did.”
Here’s Waters’ full 2012 schedule:
11/30 – Providence
12/1 – Poughkeepsie
12/2 – Albany, NY
12/3 – Tarrytown, NY
12/4 – Solano Beach, CA
12/6 – Los Angeles
12/7 – Boise
12/8 – Phoenix
12/9 – Branchburgh, NJ
12/10 – Alexandria, VA
12/13 – Atlanta
12/14 – Minneapolis
12/15 – Detroit
12/16 – Rochester