"Call Me Adam" chats with The World's Biggest Bitch, drag superstar, Jackie Beat about her brand-new holiday show Jackie Beat on Ice which play at The Laurie Beechman Theatre in NYC (407 West 42nd Street at 9th Avenue) on Saturday, December 20 at 7pm (sold-out) and 9:30pm and Sunday, December 21 at 7pm (sold-out) and 9:30pm. Click here for tickets!
1. On December 20 and 21, you will be premiering your brand new holiday show, Jackie Beat on Ice at The Laurie Beechman Theatre in NYC. What excites you about this upcoming show? The same thing that excites me every time: Making a roomful of people laugh at things they really don't want to laugh about. I especially love getting a bunch of different people in a room together to drink and laugh and connect. No cell phones, no computers…Just a raunchy old clown singing horrible songs!
2. What do you enjoy most about performing at The Laurie Beechman Theatre? What does this venue offer you and your show that another one might not? I love that it's hardcore Jackie Beat fans who have been coming to my show for 20 years sitting next to a straight couple who read about me in The New York Times. I love the melting pot aspect of it all. After all, I am an "equal opportunity offender!"
3. What do you hope audiences come away with after seeing Jackie Beat on Ice? Sore stomach muscles from laughing so hard. Seriously, I hope they leave knowing the importance of not taking oneself - or life for that matter - too seriously. Oh, and I hope they leave with some of my merchandise. The bitch has bills to pay!
5. In this show you will be debuting some new seasonal material including "A Gay in A Manger" and some classic Christmas Jackie including your cocaine-fueled rewrite of "Let It Snow," the pregnancy confessional "Santa’s Baby," a menorah-loving "Jew Christmas," a booze-infused spin on "Happy Holidays" called "Alcoholidays," and the STD cautionary tale "It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Syphilis." Over the years, how have you decided which songs you wanted to parody? First, you never know what "classics" I will throw into the show, so don't get too excited by or attached to those aforementioned titles. That all depends on how much new stuff I get done. And when it comes to the holidays I honestly feel like I have done every song out there! So now I am having to get very creative and make regular songs festive. Like when I turned "Call Me Maybe" into "Vegan Gravy," about getting invited to a holiday potluck with an annoying twist. This year I am doing something called "The Nutcracker Not-So-Sweet" where I put words to a song that doesn't have any words.
6. Jackie Beat on Ice is your 17th annual holiday show. What do you like most about creating a holiday show? When you created your first holiday show, did you ever think, you would be doing one for the next 16 years? The most fun thing about the holiday show has to be shattering the reverence of the season. I love taking serious and/or heartfelt songs and making them about pigging out, beating the shit out of fellow shoppers, drinking, drugging or screwing under the Christmas tree. It's pretty mathematical: Something sweet plus a few bad words equals comedy.
And no, I never thought in a million years that I would be doing this so successfully for so long. All joking aside, I am truly blessed.
7. What is your favorite part about spending the holidays in NYC? Trying to get a cab in Times Square while freezing my ass off in full drag. Good times!
8. You have been performing as Jackie Beat for 25 years now. What has been the most rewarding and challenging part about being Jackie Beat? To be honest, Drag Race has really been challenging. I hate to harp on it, but it's very difficult being more talented than famous. But I have faith that when the smoke clears people like myself, Lady Bunny, Sherry Vine, Varla Jean Merman, Coco Peru and other seasoned professionals who have been doing this since the stone age will not go extinct!
9. What's the best advice you've ever received? My teacher at The Second City, the supremely talented Chris Barnes, always told me: "You should be having so much fun onstage that the audience feels jealous and wishes they were up there, too!"
10. How do you want to be remembered? As someone who made people laugh.
11. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose? Flight, of course.
12. If you could be any original flavor Life Saver, which one would you be? Butterscotch!
13. If you could create your own signature drink, what would you call it and what would you put in it? It would be colorful, bold and sweet - with just a dash of bitters, of course. And is it safe to sprinkle a cocktail with glitter?
Award-winning drag darling Jackie Beat has been wowing unsuspecting audiences since 1989. She has toured with Roseanne Barr -- as the comic legend’s opening act -- including a 7-week run at The New York New York in Las Vegas; written for TV (Fashion Police, Hello Ross with Ross Matthews, Hype! and The Sci Fi Channel’s Tripping The Rift) and collaborated on special material with the like of Roseanne, Rosie O’Donnell and Jennifer Coolidge; appeared in countless TV shows (Sex and the City), movies (Grief, Wigstock The Movie, Flawless, Adam & Steve) and Off-Broadway hits (Valley of the Dolls, Tell-Tale!). She has been named Best Drag Queen by New York Press and Best Live Performance by HX Magazine. Jackie is also a columnist, lead singer for the electro-rock band, Dirty Sanchez, and the subject of the documentary film My Name is Jackie Beat including commentary from Joan Rivers, Margaret Cho, and Roseanne.