Thunder From Down Under :: Aussie beefcake hits the US

by BeBe Sweetbriar
Wednesday Sep 14, 2011

Some of us look through GQ Magazine, Details, and even Playgirl to fantasize about the man of our dreams.

Well, if you're looking for something more authentic (i.e., in-your-face), Australia's Thunder From Down Under (Australia's version of Chippendales) gives us a fantasy live, up close and personal.

Their show is definitely not one for the prudish. And if shopping at a "meat" market is your taste, well, let's just say TFDU offers a lot of prime rib. Though most of their shows are definitely for the straight ladies, these guys have no qualms about being oodled by the gay men that come to the shows. During the shows 3-week tour stop in San Francisco, I got a chance to speak with three of the shows six performers, Adam Hughes, Ben (Benny) Hardy, and Alex Biffin. Of course I brought a long a hanky to catch my drool during the live interview, but I stayed focus long enough to catch a bit of what they had to say.

Based out of San Francisco, BEBE SWEETBRIAR is the Omni Present Drag Chanteuse. As an entertainer and hostess, BeBe can be scene every week hosting and performing at countless events and parties in the San Francisco. One of the few drag personalities to sing live while performing, BeBe has literally graced every notable stage in San Francisco, bridging many gay sub-community gaps. She has also been the opening act for Destiny’s Child Kelly Rowland, "Ugly Betty’s" Alec Mapa and Dance Diva Kristine W. Adding recording artist to her list of performance accomplishments in 2008 with the release of her first single "Save Me", Ms. Sweetbriar will soon release her fifth dance single in 2012 called "Show It Off"..
As an actress, BeBe was introduced to film with a lead role in the independent film "Under One Sun" with her character dealing with religious, racial and gender issues. Additionally, she appeared in the campy musical "Devious, Inc" (Australian Film Festival, San Francisco Short Film Fest) also adding additional vocals to the musical soundtrack. Both of these performances led to her selection for a lead role in Aisha Media’s next short film series, "Con-tin.u.um" to be released in 2012.


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