Something about men dressed up as women causes people to buy Tupperware. Lots and lots of Tupperware.

Something about men dressed up as women causes people to buy Tupperware. Lots and lots of Tupperware.

Who knew?

For the past few years, the top spot as far as sales of the brand are concerned has gone back and forth between two guys who host Tupperware parties in drag.

One of them, Powell resident Kevin Farrell, will be hosting a fundraising event, in his character of Dee W. Ieye, Tuesday, Feb. 25, at Mozart's Bakery and Piano Cafe.

A portion of the proceeds from the Tupperware sales event will go toward the drama program at one of Farrell's alma maters, Centennial High School.

Doors will open at 7 p.m. with Farrell's character, whom he described as a "trailer-trash kind of hillbilly girl with big hair like Dolly Parton" and other large attributes like the country singer, performing starting at 7:30.

Admission is $25. Reservations can be made via email to

Mozart's is at 4784 N. High St in Columbus.

"We kind of hoped to do it last year, but it didn't work out," said the Rev. Ralph L. Wolfe, senior pastor at Clinton Heights Lutheran Church and a resident of the Northwest Side.

Wolfe, who graduated from Centennial High in 1982, a year ahead of Farrell, learned last year that his fellow thespian from that time had returned to central Ohio from California.

Scott E. Wilson, the longtime theater instructor at Centennial, had Farrell speak to his students about pursuing an acting career, during which he mentioned he does Tupperware fundraisers, the minister said.

With the drama program at the school in need of some funding to pay for a new sound system "and other odds and ends," Wolfe said he and Farrell broached the idea of a Tupperware event to benefit the program with Wilson.

Recently, Farrell suggested Mozart's because he had already held one of his parties there, and the event was organized.

"The Sahas (owners Anand and Doris) are donating the space and part of the entrance fee for people includes coffee and pastries," Wolfe said.

"The bulk of it is going to go straight to Centennial theater."

Wolfe was in several productions during his time at the school.

"Personally it was the highlight of my days at Centennial," Wolfe said.

Although Farrell said he was first "bitten by the thespian bug" while appearing in a play as a seventh-grader, he said acting during his years at Centennial helped mold him.

"I felt at ease," Farrell said.

"I felt like it was something I needed to do. I wasn't into sports. I was trying to find a place to fit in.

"I was good at what I did," he said. "The drama department, the acting teachers at Centennial saw promise in me."

Farrell attended Miami University on a partial drama scholarship. After graduation he received further training during a nine-month apprentice program at the Actors Theater in Louisville, Ky.

That was followed by 10 years working for various theater companies in Chicago, after which Farrell moved to Los Angeles and found considerable success landing roles in sitcoms, soap operas and other television shows.

The shows included Frazier, Friends, The Young and the Restless, Boston Legal and My Name Is Earl, according to the Internet Movie Database website.

Farrell's road to Tupperware drag queen success came about mostly by accident. In 2004, he was asked to appear in a Best in Drag Show fundraiser to benefit people living with HIV and AIDS.

He made up the Dee W. Ieye character as the last heir to the Jack Daniel's fortune who has a drinking problem because cast members were asked to represent a state.

"I was never going Dee W. Ieye again," Farrell said. "That was a one-shot deal."

Another performer in the show, who goes by the name Kay Sedia and was a top-seller of Tupperware urged Farrell to host parties for the household storage products.

"I finally said yes basically to shut him up," Farrell recalled.

He began hosting Tupperware parties in 2005, and was the number five seller by the following year.

Farrell said he reigned as the top seller from 2007 to 2010 when supplanted by Robert Suhan of Long Island, N.Y., whose character is "Aunt Barbara."

The two have gone back and forth ever since, Farrell said.

Dee W. Ieye's performances are intended for mature audiences, according to Farrell, the man behind the ... um ... woman.

It's not for kids," he said. "It's very bawdy. It's kind of R-rated.

"Dee is very innocent and sometimes she says things where she doesn't know what she's saying.

"She's just a good old girl from Tennessee hawking her Tupperware."

It takes Farrell three hours to transform himself into that girl from Tennessee.

Farrell, by the way, is a big fan of Tupperware.

"I use it all the time," he said. "I think it's a great product."