GIVEAWAY: Win Tickets to See Bianca Del Rio in “Rolodex of Hate”
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):
Who she’s closest with from her cast: “Courtney [Act], Adore [Delano], Darienne [Lake] and I have become really close because we had the top-four experience. We’ve traveled a lot together and see each other more frequently than a lot of the other queens.”
Biggest changes since she won: “I don’t sleep anymore. Sleeping is an issue. But, because I’ve done drag for 18 years, I really appreciate this opportunity. I’m aware of the fact that it takes a lot of work, and that this is a golden ticket—to be able to travel and work as extensively as I have is amazing. So when I have those moments when I’m tired and feeling like there’s a lot on my plate, I just sit back and say, ‘You know, I’m a lucky bitch, so what’s there to complain about?'”
Best opportunities since winning: It’s all been unreal. I filmed the NewNowNext Awards, which will air next Sunday, I was able to do In Bed With Joan Rivers, which was amazing, and I’m traveling the world. Things have been overwhelmingly good. It’s hard to pinpoint just one thing.
On being in bed with Joan: “It was amazing. I’ve always been a huge fan of Joans, so to get the opportunity was unreal. I immediately said yes. She was beyond kind, generous and nice. We were scheduled to film 15 or 20 minutes, and we ended up doing like 45 minutes of us just rapping and cackling. It was surreal. The little gay boy inside me was quite excited that day.”
“Rolodex of Hate” takes place on Wednesday, December 10th, at TLA. Tickets are $47 and can be purchased here, but Bianca gave us one pair to give to a G Philly reader for free! To win, just sign up for our weekly newsletter in the box below. We will draw a winner at random on Monday, December 8th, at 4 p.m.