She’s back! After a four-year absence, Dixie Longate is bringing her hilarious, gender-bending take on the Tupperware Party back to South Florida.
No ordinary Tupperware “lady,” the fast-talking Longate (the sassy alterego of Kris Andersson) has traveled the world hawking the latest products from the iconic kitchenware company. She’ll be setting up shop this weekend at the Wick Theatre in Boca Raton.
Her outrageous show, “Dixie’s Tupperware Party,” landed Longate the top spot in company’s sales rankings twice as Dixie introduced the wonders of Tupperware to customers from Atlanta to Australia.
SFGN caught up with Longate to catch up on her busy career—and the latest advances in Tupperware’s amazing food preservation technology:
Are you looking forward to returning to South Florida?
I couldn't be happier if Ed McMahon was slipping $100 bills in my g-string ‘til it totaled a million dollars! People are so neighborly in Florida and I really enjoy those friends that keep coming back to the show again and again. With all the humidity and crazy storms, people really need some food storage solutions that will keep the bugs out and, when the waters start to rise, it's also good to know that Tupperware floats.
What’s happened in your life since we saw you last?
I have been traveling all over the dang world…even Australia. Lord, I didn't even know they had food down there. Turns out they do and they like storing their leftovers—like kangaroo and rattlesnake. Sometimes it is hard to understand what they want to put in their containers because of their big accents, but when they offer me something that they stored in their Tupperware, I will still stick it in my mouth to check the freshness.
Will your show at the Wick be similar to “traditional” Tupperware parties?
I got my start doing Tupperware parties in people's living rooms. It moved to the stage in New York City 11 years ago. When I took my parties into theaters, I wanted to keep the feeling of a fun home party from your grandmama’s house, but right there on stage. There are games and prizes and raffles and fun, but I kicked Grannie to the curb so we could have some real fun!
You’ve been one of the leading Tupperware sales ladies for years. What’s the secret to your success?
I find that people love to have a good time and laugh. I just combine the fun parts of a party with my job…and, when you add in a product that is so classic and fantastic, people gobble it right up.
With such a hectic travel schedule, is it a challenge to find work/life balance?
I find that booze helps a lot in managing my time. Things sometimes appear quite a bit rosier when vodka is involved. The good thing about Tupperware parties in general is that usually alcohol is served by the host. I mean, no one can tell me that it ain't a good job when working and drinking are combined.
I know the South Florida audiences are getting excited about your appearances.
I'm happier than the winner of a greased pig chase at the county fair to be back again performing at a new theater and sharing some smiles with people. Like Momma always says, “When someone asks you to come, you say yes.” Momma's never wrong.
Tickets for “Dixie’s Tupperware Party” on Friday, Aug. 25 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 26 at 2 p.m. at the Wick Theatre and Costume Museum, 7901 N. Federal Hwy. in Boca Raton, are $55 at TheWick.org.