Julie Wheeler has been entertaining as soon as she could stand on the chairs at the beauty salon her mother went to and tell the three jokes her father had taught her. After finding her voice in high school, winning the talent show, and performing in her hometown of Memphis, she ran away to join the circus and ended up becoming a Lesbian Lounge Lizard.
The Lesbian Lounge Lizards performed for many years in Provincetown, at women’s festivals, universities, and gay prides. In her first year in Provincetown, Julie was awarded three coveted Provincetown Magazine Awards. Julie was also a member of the improvisational comedy troupe, Endora’s Box and appeared with the sketch comedy group, the Nellie Olsens as they closed down the famed Ridiculous Theatre in NYC. Not just sheer talent, she was voted one of the top ten sexiest
people in MetroSource Magazine alongside Demi Moore, Whitney Houston, and KD Lang. She was featured in FACTS Magazine from Germany for being one of NYC’s most sought after drag kings and also was in an exhibition at New York’s Guggenheim Museum, “A Rrose is a Rrose is a Rrose: Gender Performance in Photography. She went on to produce, and star as Elvis in “Viva Las Vegas: the musical” in NYC with Maggie Moore (The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love). Michael Musto, of the Village Voice, declared after seeing her “… gorgeous understatement… she’s even butcher than Elvis!” The memory endures, as we recently saw their Elvis and Anne act portrayed on “the L word” in episode 302. Stretching her acting skills, in NYC, she stepped in and starred in Lee Breuer’s Obie Award winning play “Epidog” as Leslie, Rose’s owner. She also has gigged overseas in Austria (at the Rathaus in Vienna) and Switzerland (at the multimedia Viper Festival). She had a speaking role in the feature length film “Lie Down With Dogs”, appeared in “Chasing Amy”, and starred in the NYU student film Conception. Her quick wit along with the radio delivery makes Julie a sought after MC, and she has hosted numerous events including: Hartford, CT Pride, Palm Springs Pride, Lesbopalooza at Irving Plaza in NYC, Maine Women’s Music Fest, Fragglerock in NYC, and the Benefit for 3 $Bill in NYC (w/Tony Kushner and Holly Hughes, among other notables), and many more. Julie has also been a morning radio announcer/News Director/DJ on stations in Woodstock, Memphis, Santa Barbara and San Diego and has also commentated on the Q television network for the gay rodeo. She even stepped in for Lacy J Dalton and sang the national anthem once. After much prodding from her youtube fans, she recorded the song “How Can I Tell You” and has been amazed at it’s popularity, the original video has over 100,000 hits and the single sold surprisingly well. Always up for something completely different, she performed with Maria Breyer (Stomp) and Monica Da Pieve in Buzios, Brazil, singing both Brazilian and American music, bringing the diversity of their cultures, music, and lives together, creating a powerful experience. Utilizing her talents as a promoter/mc/performer Julie has started CHERRY. A lezzie shindig, a monthly party for Lesbians and their friends, featuring a vintage variety show with Singing/Dancing & Burlesque!
Currently she’s on tour with her fabulous one woman show-Butch Blanket Bingo!