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If you watched Bianca Del Rio last season on RuPaul’s Drag Race, you could see that the queen—known for her sharp tongue and reads that would put Barnes and Noble to shame—is as kind as they come. She emanates warmth, she helps young queens in need, and she’s respectful. Case in point? She rang me five minutes before our scheduled phone interview this week. Early?! A drag queen?! Unheard of!
But it seems like that gentleness kind of stops when she struts out on stage, eye lashes batting, hand on hip. There she’s fiery. She’ll cut a bitch. She’ll probably even offend a few Asians. That’s her schtick, and frankly, that’s why we love her. We marvel at her quick wit, and wonder how in the hell she’s so spot-on every time. Perhaps she’ll divulge a few pointers when she brings her latest traveling show, “Rolodex of Hate,” to Philly’s TLA on December 10th.
She explains the show as being “a one-hour standup comedy special where I discuss situations and parts of my life that brought me to where I am today. I discuss who I am as a person, and how I became this little nugget of hate.”
Here are a few other things we chatted about (if you’re here solely for the ticket giveaway, scroll all the way to the bottom):
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What has Bianca Del Rio been up to since being crowned America’s Next Drag Superstar? Besides touring the globe with the rest of her Drag Race counterparts, she and her cute-as-hell bestie Matt Kugelman are partnering up on a film entitled Hurricane Bianca. The sure-to-be-camp-classic tells the story of a queer man who takes revenge on a small town in the South after being fired for being gay. His revenge? Returning as Bianca, a bitchy queen, who, true to form, is ready to read that town to filth.
The film is in crowd-funding stage as we speak. We caught up with Del Rio and Kugelman recently for more details on the project. We also shot Bianca a series of rapid-fire questions, where she reveals all kinds of personal anecdotes, including her thoughts on Voyeur.
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If you’re watching this season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, you’ve no doubt marveled, no, gagged at the fast-talking, sass-tastic talents of Bianca Del Rio (aka Roy Haylock.) The NYC-via-New Orleans performer is a standup genius, she can imitate Judge Judy to a tee, and read a queen up one side the street and down the other. (She’s proven that latter skill time and time again in the Untucked Lounge, where, I learned in a chat this week, she grips a pillow to keep herself from strangling a bitch.)
If you’re lucky, she’ll read your ass to filth when she and seven of her co-stars come to Philly this week to perform at Voyeur in the RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 6 Cast Party. In anticipation, she called me up for an interview. I got some pointers on those aforementioned reading skills, who she was glad to see go (surprisingly the answer isn’t “all of them”), and how she’s handling her instant rise to fame.
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