Review: ‘Drag Race’ superstar shines in Texas

By Marco Cadena

LOGOS OPINIONS EDITOR

AUSTIN — With a dark humor, high heels and a lace front, Bianca Del Rio, “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 6 winner, returned to the Lone Star State with her “Not Today Satan Tour.”

Following her 2015 “Rolodex of Hate Tour,” Del Rio’s latest journey, which stopped Friday, Oct. 28, at Austin’s Paramount Theatre, is an insult comedy show that deals with topics such as the current presidential election, “trash” television, cancer, disabled people, gay rights, and Del Rio’s experiences with foreign press and airlines’ customer service.

Introduced by an audio recording of RuPaul Charles, Del Rio, a self-proclaimed insult comedian whose real name is Roy Haylock, captured the audience’s attention from the beginning by warning everyone in the audience about the show’s mature content and her excessive profanity.

Even after promising to avoid anything “Drag Race”-related, Del Rio continued her routine by insulting former contestants such as Chicago-native Phi Phi O’Hara and Season 6 contender Darienne Lake, as well as show judges Michelle Visage, Ross Mathews and RuPaul. The unapologetic “Drag Race” winner commented on the latest season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 2” by saying how contestants should never blame the show’s editing when being criticized by fans for portraying a villain on television.

Likewise, Del Rio’s witty humor got the audience’s appraisal when commenting on the Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and former Olympian Caitlyn Jenner, formerly Bruce Jenner. When asked who she would marry and who she would kill between Clinton and Trump, Del Rio said she would marry Trump because he changes wives every four years. Del Rio said she would kill Clinton because of “the pantsuits alone.”

The routine’s high point img-1990arrived when Del Rio criticized “trash” television shows such as “Hoarders,” “My 600 Pound Life” and “Toddlers and Tiaras” by expressing confusion over the shows’ questionable plots.

Del Rio shared stories about her motivation when auditioning for “Drag Race,” as well as her relationships with other famous drag queens and her life as a celebrity.

The show’s fluidity and Del Rio’s offensive sense of humor left no room for filler monologues as the audience reacted with laughter to every word and mannerism articulated by the drag superstar. At times, the theater not only guarded hilarity but also gasps as audience’s jaws dropped from astonishment every so often due to the routine’s offensive content.

The “Not Today Satan Tour,” which began last May in Australia, is one of Del Rio’s latest accomplishments after her last tour got an hourlong television special on the Logo TV network. Similarly, Del Rio announced two half-hour Logo comedy specials titled “Not Today Bianca” set to premiere in December which narrate the aftermath of Del Rio’s move to Los Angeles.

Texas will be the background setting for her new movie, “Hurricane Bianca,” whose budget was achieved mostly by crowd funding, Del Rio said. The movie, which was released last September, tells the story of a schoolteacher named Richard, played by Haylock, who moves from New York City to a small town in Texas. Richard transforms into his drag persona, Bianca Del Rio, after he is forced to come out as a homosexual, which eventually gets him fired from the school. Del Rio’s character seeks revenge and causes mayhem to everyone that was mean to him, while remaining unknown to the fact that Bianca is actually Richard. Other members of the cast include Willam Belli, Rachel Dratch, RuPaul and Texas native Alyssa Edwards, a former “All Stars 2” contestant.

The “Not Today Satan Tour” is Del Rio’s best comedic routine to date and it is just another indication the drag superstar will only get better with the passage of time. Upcoming shows for Del Rio’s latest tour include Dallas, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, New Orleans and a closing U.S. date in San Antonio on Nov. 9. Europe’s leg of the tour will kick off in February in East London.

“[The tour] has been great. [The U.S. leg] started in September and we have five dates left. It has been good,” Del Rio said backstage. “[Tonight] is going to be nasty.”

 

E-mail Cadena at mcadena@student.uiwtx.edu

 

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