At long last, but so worth the wait: below are the complete video highlights of Johnny’s Q&A session at the Skating Club of Wilmington’s Spring Ice Show (see coverage of his performances from the show here: Heartbreak and Creep).
Yes, Mr. Weir will now take your questions. And answer them as thoughtfully and charmingly as is humanly possible. All while looking fabulous in a veiled hat.
[SPOILER: yes, he talks about Yuri!!! on Ice and those gold blades and the fandom and it’s all awesome.]
Also included: a gallery of exclusive photos of Johnny standing; Johnny sitting in a chair; and Johnny standing with fans. You’re welcome. 💯
Johnny answers questions from fans during the meet-n-greet at the Skating Club of Wilmington’s Spring Ice Show, April 2017. He discusses Yuri!!! on Ice beginning at about 14:51. Complete topic list and approximate timestamps:
0:00 – Welcome and discussion of Johnny’s two programs for the show, ‘Heartbreak‘ and ‘Creep.’
02:33 – Will Johnny and Tara Lipinski ever skate together?
04:00 – Old-school figures in figure skating (and cursive writing).
04:48 – Social media, including Johnny’s advice to young people on how to use it wisely and how to handle trolls.
08:32 – Behind-the-scenes look at figure skating commentating, and what Johnny and Tara will be doing at the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang.
13:20 – Johnny’s Instagram Insights stats and ‘The Fight for Fifth Place.’
14:51 – Yuri!!! on Ice discussion, including why Johnny uses gold blades, what he likes about the show, how well it portrays the skating world, and his praise for the show’s creators.
18:52 – Johnny’s various appearances on Food Network.
23:18 – Behind the scenes at the Beverly Hills Dog Show.
24:02 – Coaching, choreography, costuming, and commentating.
26:14 – The Be Good Johnny Weir experience.
28:32 – A Tara and Johnny late-night talk show . . . ?
29:12 – Johnny’s upcoming appearance on Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry.
31:08 – The inspirations behind Johnny’s ‘Creep’ and ‘Heartbreak’ programs.
36:09 – The Tara and Johnny podcast logistics.
38:17 – Memories of Johnny’s first group lesson and how his skating career began.
41:16 – Johnny retired from competitive skating in 2013. Will there come a time when he retires from skating completely . . . ?
45:37 – Johnny’s three “home states.”
46:02 – Johnny’s favorite things about Japan.
48:09 – The inspirations for Johnny’s ‘Heartbreak’ and ‘Creep’ costumes.
49:58 – What the world needs is a Johnny Weir Museum.
50:13 – Closing and thanks.
From the organized chaos that was the photo session. More meet-n-greet pix by SCW photographer Don Thureau here.
Johnny with another dear friend, Alex, who first met Johnny in February 2013, when Johnny was awarded the first-ever “Johnny Weir WinterPride Award” by the city of Philadelphia. Alex wrote about his journey at that time in a special guest blog post.