Showing posts with label RuPaul. Show all posts
Showing posts with label RuPaul. Show all posts

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Mona Lott: Drag Empress of Denver Talks Upcoming Projects, RuPaul's Drag Race, and the History of Drag

By Drew Wilson

Westword says she's "less of a Drag Queen than a Drag Empress" and Out Front named her 2014's Outstanding Drag Queen. Now, Mona Lott is gearing up for her biggest year ever as she launches a new show, works on a web series, and revs up her engine for a possible run on RuPaul's Drag Race.

Drew: Mona, you're everywhere. You must be the hardest working drag queen in Denver!
Mona: I love being busy. I always say I’m not happy until I’m so busy I’m miserable. Basically right now I have three shows – bingo, Stripped Down Stand Up, and now the game show. I’m also working on trying to get booked on some cruise ships. Oh, and I just started working on a web series

Wow. Tell me about the new show.
Mona Lott's Big Fat Dirty Game Show is gonna be a ton of fun. It's the game show for the socially unacceptable!

With my bingo show we used to play little side games like strip-bingo or swing-that-thing where we tied strap-on dildos to people who would have to use them to knock over bowling pins while blindfolded. It was so much fun I just thought, why not put together a game show without the bingo? 

Have you always been such a go-getter?
I’ve been pursuing acting since I was in junior high school. The best advice I ever got was when I read a book by someone who basically said "don’t wait around for someone to cast you in a show, don’t wait to be discovered by a director, get out there and put on your own showcase'. I realized that for me to sit around and wait for somebody to book me is a waste so I just started putting my own shows together. 

It started in Vegas. I was living in Vegas and working as a singing gondolier at The Venetian. We got laid off for six weeks and I read a book on how to be a stand up comic. Then I saw a casting notice that came out for stand up comics and I thought what the hell I’ve got six weeks to come up with something so wrote a set and put together Mona Lott. I went and auditioned and ended up doing the show for two years.

From there I went into LA and did The Comedy Store and The Improv. I also did The Gong Show on Comedy Central, 1 Versus 100 with Carrie Ann Inaba and some other things

You make me want to be a more productive person. So tell me more about Mona Lott.
She’s pretty raunchy but not actually dirty. It’s mostly innuendo and wink-wink. She just says and does anything she wants to do. I had a guy tell me once that he thought a lot of drag queens were scary but there's something about Mona that's charming and not scary. I think that's perfect.

How long have you been in Denver?

I grew up in Denver. It’s my hometown. Then my partner and I lived in Vegas for six years and we’ve been back now for about three years. We had a big debate because I wanted to go to Los Angeles and he wanted to come back to Denver. Of course, in my heart, I wanted to come home to Denver, too. But I wanted to go to LA because everything was popping and my career was taking off. 

I thought if we came to Denver my career would be over. But we came back to Denver and I’ve actually gotten more work and more money than ever before. Denver’s really a hotbed for comedy right now. It’s competitive with New York and LA. So much comedy and so many comedians. There are at least one or two open mic nights every night of the week and different comedy shows every night of the week. It’s really amazing.  

What are your shows like?
I play to a lot of straight audiences, particularly straight women. And I’ve been heckled but you can turn them around if you can make them laugh and show them, like, I’m not a threat to you and you’re not a threat to me. You make them laugh about universal things and the things that make them think they're against you and you can turn it around. I’m a 300-pound man in a dress. Let’s joke about it. We're all people just trying to get along. You can accomplish so much with humor. I got out of so many fights in junior high by being funny.

Casting for season 8 of RuPaul's Drag Race was recently announced. Do you follow the show?
Follow it? I live for it! The first season I actually had a casting agent contact me and ask me to submit. So I submitted a video and didn’t hear anything for like eight months. Then I got an email that they were considering me but they wanted more information. So I answered some questions and sent them back but never heard anything. 

Then the next year they sent me another email and said they wanted me to submit again. Submitted another video. Didn’t hear anything.
When I finally saw some of the submission videos from the queens who were actually on the show I was like 'Oh, that’s why I’m not on the show'. My submission videos sucked. They were so bad. 

So now we’ve really been working toward getting on the show but now the submission and video requirements are just crazy. She wants to see 10 different looks; walk the runway; lip synch to two of her songs; perform another talent; she wants to see your match game celebrity. It’s crazy involved. That’s kind of how my web series came about. I was just looking to do some music videos for my songs and I thought I could use them for my submission tape and put them on YouTube but once I started getting the crew and everything together I thought, why stop with just a music video? Why not do a sketch comedy show with music videos as a segment?
Sharon Needles and Jinkx Monsoon

Who are your all time favorite contestants?
I really liked Sharon Needles when she was on the show. Since then I’m not that big of a fan but when she was on the show I really liked what she was doing. The fact that she was showing up the others who were giving her such a hard time ... like that Phi-Phi whatshername. Oh, I hated her. Little miss Phi Phi. 
Phi Phi O'Hara

And I really liked that one that won the next season - Jinkx. I didn’t understand all the girls on her season who got so mad at her. They kept talking about, 'oh, these girls with all these tricks keep winning' and I was like, you mean those tricks like talent? Tricks like singing and acting and comedy? Why are you mad about that? She’s winning because she’s more talented. The ones you should be mad at are yourselves for not being able to sing or act or whatever!

Right? If there’s anything I hate it’s being in a competition with people who are better than I am!
Jinx showed them what real talent is! Drag isn’t just about putting on a pretty dress and flouncing around. 

What would you say drag is about?
I actually wrote a long letter to Liz Cheney when she made her remarks about drag being offensive

The fact of the matter is that drag came about because there was a time in the country when you couldn’t be gay and you couldn’t be out. That’s when we first started talking about each other as 'she' and 'her' and talking about our boyfriend as our girlfriend because we had to hide it from people who weren’t in the know. 

That way you could talk openly by saying 'oh, I’m going with my girlfriend tonight' and your friends knew what you were talking about but the bigot next to you didn’t. And I think that’s where drag kind of came about. And that's how Stonewall came about. You weren’t allowed to have two men dancing so if one of them could do drag and pass as a women you were ok to dance with them. 

I get so mad when I hear people every year during Pride talking about 'why does the media focus on drag queens? That’s not who we are. They don’t represent us'. You girls better get on your frickin’ knees and thank these drag queens for what they’ve done. They do represent our community. You wouldn’t have this parade if not for those drag queens back in 1968!

Amen. 100 percent.
Drag queens are on the front lines of every fight there is - look at the Imperial Court here in Denver. These queens are doing shows all the time to raise money for gay students, AIDS, Project Angel Heart, you name it! And I don’t know how many thousands of dollars I’ve helped raise. Since January I’ve done two charity shows to raise money for MS. I get so mad when I hear people talking down about drag queens. 

Preach, sister. Is there anything else you'd like to say?
Yes, I’m jealous of you and all your twitter followers. You must have a big dick.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

RuPaul Responds to Mary Cheney's Questions About Drag and Blackface

Last week, Mary Cheney launched a conversation on Facebook about whether drag was a valid form of entertainment, or something derogatory like blackface.

The former Vice President’s daughter had asked:

Why is it socially acceptable—as a form of entertainment—for men to put on dresses, make up and high heels and act out every offensive stereotype of women (bitchy, catty, dumb, slutty, etc.). But it is not socially acceptable—as a form of entertainment—for a white person to put on blackface and act out offensive stereotypes of African Americans?

Shouldn’t both be okay or neither? Why does society treat these activities so differently?

Cheney said the question was inspired by an ad for the upcoming season of RuPaul’s Drag Race. World of Wonder - creators of RuPaul's Drag Race - responded toCheney’s question with a video posted on YouTube. In it, RuPaul recalls the many drag pioneers who have used the art form as self-expression, as a tool of cultural and political change, and, yes, as a celebration of womanhood.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

RuPaul - Born Naked

RuPaul, the most famous drag queen in the world, has officially released the new album BORN NAKED, an irresistible mix of electronic, bounce, rock and gospel. Produced by the longtime collaborator, Lucian Piane, the 10 new tracks include duets with Big FreediaMyah MarieFrankmusikClary BrowneMichelle Visage and the legendary Martha Wash.

"It's the most important album I have made. It completes the trilogy of collaborations with music producer Lucian Piane” said RuPaul, whose work with Piane includes his chart-topping dance albums, Champion and Glamazon.

Producer Lucian Piane added, "I'm so excited for the world to hear RuPaul's most personal and daring album yet.  Our third album together, BORN NAKED, expands the musical world of RuPaul in the most amazing and unexpected ways.  People have never heard RuPaul like this!  This is an epic pop album."

Monday, February 3, 2014

'RuPaul Presents: The CoverGurlz' Debuts at #6 on iTunes Dance Charts!

In the highly anticipated return of hit show RuPaul’s Drag Race, RuPaul Presents: The CoverGurlz debuts on iTunes at #6 on the Dance Charts! Four point 5 star rating!

With over 275,000 views since the release, WATCH all 14 cast members perform her single in these breathtaking music video teasers here featuring outrageous never-before-seen audition footage that will leave you hungry for more! The Queens of upcoming Season 6 are more eclectic, entertaining and inspiring than ever.

"Putting this album together has been a real master blaster! Turn it up, and let 'em scandalize!” says RuPaul, who also produced the album.

Friday, January 3, 2014

RuPaul's T-Dance: Episode 3

Episode three of RuPaul's T-Dance is up on WOW Presents featuring hits like RuPaul's 'Peanut Butter' featuring Big Freedia and Chad Michael's 'Tragic Girl'!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Gay Guy Gift Guide: RuPaul's GLAMAZON - for the Drag Queen Who Owns Everything!

Supermodel of the World and first face of M.A.C. Cosmetics, RuPaul has joined forces with Colorevolution to launch RuPaul’s GLAMAZON, a beauty collection that includes a fine-fragrance and ultra-rich pigment cosmetic line.

“GLAMAZON is for women and men of all ages and preferences who share one thing in common: They are not afraid to be fierce, “ said the world’s most famous drag queen.

Working with Colorevolution, RuPaul spent the last year meticulously choosing components for both the fragrance and cosmetics to masterfully craft GLAMAZON, a limited edition unisex fragrance and cosmetic set in designer gift boxes.

GLAMAZON features the most essential elements needed to create one of RuPaul’s signature looks. Each collectable gift box offers high quality products for an outrageous value. "For me, glamour should be accessible to all, I am committed to helping the world look and smell more beautiful," said RuPaul.

Monday, July 1, 2013

RuPaul's Drag Race Cast & Crew for Marriage Equality

You had to know that RuPaul and the cast and crew of Drag Race couldn't let an historic occasion like the DOMA decision go by without having something to say about it. Everybody say LOVE!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

RuPaul to DirectTV: I demand a RUPOLOGY!

DirecTV blames Viacom. Viacom blames DirecTV. Alls I know is, somebody better fix this situation fast because if I miss the new season of 'Walking Dead' they're all gonna be sorry. - via World of Wonder

Sunday, May 31, 2009

NewNowNext Awards 2009

Logo is premiering its second annual “NewNowNext Awards” 2009, paying homage to the pioneers of today who are transforming and defining tomorrow’s pop culture. The event will be hosted by the world’s most famous drag queen, RuPaul.

“NewNowNext Awards” 2009 premieres Saturday, June 13 at . The awards show will air simultaneously on-air and and feature Special Appearances by Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Vanessa Williams, Robert Verdi, Wendy Williams (Radio & TV Host), Lisa Lampanelli, Cheyenne Jackson, Taylor Momsen from “Gossip Girl”, Bethenny Frankel & Jill Zarin from “The Real Housewives of NYC,” Paulina Porizkova, Mary McCormack, Christian Siriano, Selene Luna, Sia, Ongina & Rebecca Glasscock from “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” Del Marquis, Avenue Q's Kate Monster, Paolo Andino, Stephen Guarino, Kate McKinnon & Nicol Paone from “The Big Gay Sketch Show,” Livvi Franc, Gloria Bigelow, Erin Foley, Jeffery Self and Cole Escola, As Well As Performances By Morningwood, The Fire and Reason, RuPaul, Storm Lee, Paradiso Girls and Eve.

Friday, May 15, 2009

RuPaul featuring Chi Chi Larue: Jealous of My Boogie

- Mmm, mmm, mmm, the girls are looking good! - via our friends at World of Wonder

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

NewNowNext Awards 2009: RuPaul hosts, Britney Spears wins Always Next, Forever Now Award

Logo, the gay and lesbian-themed network from MTV Networks, pays homage to the pioneers of today who are transforming and defining tomorrow’s pop culture with the second annual “NewNowNext Awards” 2009.

Hosted by RuPaul, the world’s most famous drag queen, this year’s celebration will feature a number of special guests and performers including Britney Spears who will be honored with the Always Next, Forever Now Award. Given annually, this special award pays homage to beloved LGBT icons.

More after the jump.

Premiering on Logo and simultaneously streaming on Saturday, June 13 at 9 PM ET/PT, “NewNowNext Awards” 2009 will be taped at the Hiro Ballroom from The Maritime Hotel in New York City on May 20. This year's show will also feature appearances by Britney Spears, Vanessa Williams, Lance Bass, Robert Verdi, Wendy Williams, Lisa Lampinelli, Cheyenne Jackson as well as performances by Morningwood, The Fire and Reason, RuPaul, Jeffery Self & Cole Escola. Additional performers, presenters, and special guests will be announced as they are confirmed. Starting Today, Monday, April 27 visitors to can review the nominees and vote for their favorites. Additional categories will be hosted on third-party blogs and sites including,,, and

Last year “NewNowNext Awards” brought you the electrifying and first-ever TV performance by Lady Gaga – before she began climbing the music charts and becoming the music and pop culture sensation she is today. In the same tradition this year’s awards will draw attention to what is new and next in music, film, television, online and pop culture. The “NewNowNext Awards” offers the LGBT perspective on what’s hot and hip in popular culture by honoring emerging and established artists and celebrities with such awards as Most Guiltiest Pleasure, Best Show You’re Not Watching and Brink of Fame: Music Artist. Unlike other awards shows, the “NewNowNext Awards” will not look at the year that passed, but will instead focus on what is up-and-coming in popular culture in 2009 and beyond. The 90-minute telecast will continue to put a spotlight on openly gay artists as well as all performers beloved by the LGBT community.

The groundbreaking “NewNowNext Awards,” is the first truly multi-platform awards show. Viewers will be able to experience different aspects of the event across a number of platforms, including on-air, online at the event’s principal website, on-demand and on mobile devices. The tent-pole event will also air on its sister websites, and and stream an online-only post show.

“NewNowNext Awards” 2009 builds on Logo’s acclaimed NewNowNext franchise, which includes a pop culture blog and two on-air music shows: “NewNowNext PopLab,” the home for party music in all its forms and “NewNowNext Music,” the ultimate music video destination of today's hottest artists and emerging musicians popular with the LGBT audience.

Logo’s inaugural show last year, hosted by Candis Cayne and Colman Domingo, honored Tina Fey, Janet Jackson, designer Christian Siriano (Project Runway,) Leona Lewis, Planet Unicorn and many more. The awards also featured performances and appearances by Lady Gaga, The Cliks, Dangerous Muse and Cyndi Lauper.

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

RuPaul caught trying to make some coins

World of Wonder's got the behind the scenes action from RuPaul's new video for 'Tranny Chaser.'

And RuPaul, just so you know, this is how I like you best.

White hair.

Not yellow.

Monday, March 23, 2009

RuPaul: Covergirl. Supermodel. BFF.

RuPaul is a goddess. She’s gorgeous, talented and has legs long enough to wrap around our head. Twice. And now that her first reality competition show, RuPaul’s Drag Race, has taken LOGO (and VH1!) by storm, the Supermodel of the World is busier than ever. Here, RuPaul pauses (while posing) to answer 10 burning questions.

See what she has to say after the jump.

Q: First of all, we’re love-love-loving Drag Race. It’s the most entertaining reality competition on television. And we’re not just saying that to butter you up. What has the “Drag Race” experience been like for you?
A: It's been absolutely fabulous. It was great meeting, quite literally, the cream of the crop of what America has to offer. These girls have a fearlessness that embodies the tradition of drag.

Q: Any scoop you can give us on the finale? Will it be Bebe Zahara Benet? Nina Flowers? Rebecca Glasscock?
A: Nope, you have to watch for yourself.

Q: What was your favorite moment from making the show, either something that made the final cut or something that happened behind the scenes?
A: I was always excited to see what the girls would be wearing every time they hit the runway. It was like opening several birthday gifts every day.

Q: Is there a second season in the works, and if so, is there really room for two more international drag superstars? Quite frankly, we’re not ready for you to relinquish that title.
A: There is absolutely enough room for more international drag superstars because there are so many different types of drag queens. On our show alone we have girls who represent the quirky, the diva, the showgirl, the ingénue, the edgy and the sexpot.

Q: For those special-occasion-only drag queens, what are three things a man can do to be more believable when dressing as a woman?
A: First of all, the goal isn't to dress as a woman because most women wear jeans and t-shirts. The goal is to find your own unique frequency and expand on that and here are three rules that must never be broken.
1) Always wear at least one pair of false eyelashes.
2) Never wear your own hair (at the very least, a hair piece).
3) Always wear high heels, never flats.

Q: “Champion” is your latest iTunes album purchase and it’s great. What’s your favorite track on there?
A: Thank you so much, I think it's my best album ever. My favorite track changes from day to day but currently the one I can't get enough of is “Jealous Of My Boogie.”

Q: Will there ever be a RuPaul week on American Idol? That, we’d love to see!
A: Probably not, but I've been told they now have a segment called "lip-sing for your life."

Q: Who’s got the biggest Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve and Talent in Hollywood right now?
A: Without a doubt, undeniably, Beyoncé; she studies old Cher and Diana concerts and is clearly the architect of her image. The woman is brilliant.

Q: Will you ever hang up the duct-tape and wigs for good? If so, what will you do for your drag swan song?
A: I actively stay in the moment. As soon I step one stiletto into the future and put one stiletto into the past I'm pissing on the present. The focus must always be on the now.

Q: What will the RuPaul legacy be on pop culture?
A: I will leave that to the historians. My job is to stay interested in being creative.

RuPaul's Drag Race airs on LOGO Mondays at 10:00 p.m., on VH1 Tuesdays at 9:00 p.m. Past episodes and extras on

Monday, March 16, 2009

'RuPaul's Drag Race' finale screening tonight at Tracks

Don't forget to come by Tracks tonight for a special screening of the finale of 'RuPaul's Drag Race' starring Denver's own Miss Nina Flowers. And cameras from Logo will be there as well so this could be your chance to get your cute mug on tv.

Nina has been on the top of the heap throughout the whole show and really deserves to win for her unique style and wonderful personality.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Cazwell to appear on season finale of 'RuPaul's Drag Race'

Cazwell, the spunky, funky, punky potty-mouthed pop poet who’s currently enjoying the success of his he-larious hit video, “I Seen Beyoncé At Burger King,” will guest star in the final episode of “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” On the show, he coaches the contestants on their rapping skillz. "Those girls had a lot of balls to rap their first time on TV!," Cazwell said. A longtime figure on the NYC club scene, rapper Cazwell will release his full-length album, “Watch My Mouth” this May.

On it fans will find the bukkake classic, “Is It All Over Your Face,” along with the title track, his ode to Miss Knowles and “Get Into It,” which features a fierce rap by the #1 transsexual on the planet, Amanda Lepore for whose forthcoming album, Cazwell wrote a clutch of songs. Below is the video for “I Seen Beyoncé At Burger King” and no, that’s not a drag queen in the lead role, but, OMG, an RG: real girl! Read the interview with Cazwell about the video here.

"RuPaul’s Drag Race” airs Mondays at 10 pm on Logo and Tuesdays at 9 pm on VH1. Cazwell's episode (the finale) is tentatively scheduled to air on March 23 on Logo and March 24 on VH1.

Have you been watching?

It's really a jolly romp. Just the right blend of camp, over-the-top dramatics and personalities, sincerity, and humor. I'll be very surprised if we don't end up seeing a few more seasons.

And just let me say ... YOU GO, NINA FLOWERS! She is one cool drag queen.

- via Andy at Penetration

Monday, February 9, 2009

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RuPaul's 'Drag Race' premieres February 2 on Logo

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Thursday, June 5, 2008

Denver's Ginger Sexton and Nina Flowers get real with RuPaul

Step back, Tyra. Clear the runway, Heidi. RuPaul has returned with a reality show all her own. RuPaul's Drag Race is ready to crown America's next superstar drag queen and two Denver darlings think they have what it takes to snatch the title.

Meet Nina Flowers:

And Ginger Sexton:

Throw some votes their way, they're both doing great in the casting round.