Call Redialed: NEW Jackie Beat Interview: Menstrual Krampus at The Laurie Beechman Theatre
My holiday season wouldn’t be complete without a chance to catch up with award-winning drag legend, Jackie Beat! We discuss the premiere of her 20th Holiday show, Menstrual Krampus coming to The Laurie Beechman Theatre this December.
Menstrual Krampus serves up a heapin’ helpin’ of Christmas evil. It’s hooters & horns, Santa & Satan, makeup & macabre merriment as Jackie embraces the dark side of the season to celebrate the Anti-Christmas like only she can! Classic carols will be corrupted and tradition will be twisted when one of drag’s most iconic and influential legends takes the stage for her 20th annual holiday show.
Menstrual Krampus plays at The Laurie Beechman Theatre December 7-9. Click here for tickets!
1. This December you are presenting your 20th holiday show Menstrual Krampus at the Laurie Beechman Theatre. Why did you decide to call this show Menstrual Krampus? Honestly? After 20 years, I feel like I've done every play on words there is! Also, it's a great joke. Seriously, coming up with new material - and titles - for my annual holiday shows is the complete opposite of my dick. It gets harder every year.
2. What do you like most about performing your holiday shows as opposed to your non-holiday shows? There is just something about taking a heartwarming and/or reverent subject like Christmas and pretty much destroying it that really tickles me. Taking a song about Jesus or Santa or whatever and making it horrible or sexual taps into the naughty 12 year-old boy in me.
3. What should audiences know about this show before attending? At the very least it can help you lose unwanted pounds and it can make your dick bigger. If you're a woman, your bust will increase a full two cup sizes.
All joking aside, they can expect the usual: To laugh at all the wrong things. And, let's be honest, that feels so good.
4. What holiday songs can we expect you to parody this year? Well, in addition to new stuff I always do a handful of classics. The problem is that I have literally done every Christmas carol out there! So I have to get creative and turn pop songs into holiday songs, like what I did with the 90's TLC hit "Waterfalls." My version is called "Butterballs" and it's full of helpful tips for any first-time turkey cookers in the audience.
Occasionally I will find a seasonal classic I have not done. I just rewrote "We Need A Little Christmas" from Mame to be about how hard it is to come up with new stuff every year! And I am working on "Last Christmas" by Wham and a few others.
5. Menstrual Krampus is an anti-Christmas show. What is the worst thing you've done to someone on Christmas? I only play a bitch onstage. In real life I am a total sweetheart, ask anyone. FUCKING ASK THEM!
6. If you could gift menstrual cramps to anyone, who would you give them to? Trump of course. He deserves to feel some of the pain he is inflicting on all of us. Even his supporters have no idea the damage he is doing, but sadly they will one day. Yep, Extra-Strength Midol for Trump.
7. What is your least favorite thing about the holiday season? It just really annoys me when I see Christmas commercials, or hear holiday music, before Halloween. Can we please enjoy trick or treating, not to mention fucking Thanksgiving, before you wrap everything up in red and green!?
8. Since this is your 20th holiday show, what is one holiday tradition you have kept with you since childhood? Overeating.
Let's end this interview on a positive note....
9. What is your Christmas wish? That everyone will come see my annual holiday show. I would say "Peace on Earth," but I have learned that unless people are happy and laughing we will never actually achieve that important goal. But by coming to my show and becoming a more well-adjusted and lighthearted person, world peace actually becomes a possibilty!
10. What are your top three favorite things to do in NYC during the holiday season?
Do SOLD OUT shows at The Laurie Beechman Theatre.
Eat delicious FREE food after my SOLD OUT shows at The Laurie Beechman Theatre.
Count my money.
More on Jackie:
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, Hype! and others) 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.