Bring home that crown! A guide to Brooklyn’s drag queens on ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’

Thorgy Thor and Acid Betty, representing the borough. .

Thorgy Thor and Acid Betty, representing the borough. .

RuPaul’s Drag Race is tits deep (three episodes) into its eighth season, and this season boasts two of our very own hometown BROOKLYN QUEENS! If there was ever a season for Brooklyn to tune in to Drag Race, this is it. Here’s a guide on what you need to know about our girls from the ‘hood, Thorgy Thor and Acid Betty (and we’ll talk about Manhattan’s Bob the Drag Queen too), listing their stand out moments so far this season and where you can catch them performing locally, including  a viewing party in Williamsburg tonight. These queens have a chance of bringing home the crown to the county of Kings. 

First, some background on the show: Beginning in 2009 on Logo TV, RuPaul’s Drag Race is a reality TV drag competition that reinvigorated RuPaul’s career and quickly became (and remains) the highest-rated show on Logo TV. It inspired two spin-off shows and created an entire generation of drag fans.

Each season, queens with varying levels of experience, styles and backgrounds compete to become “America’s Drag Superstar” — they win money and a huge supply of cosmetics. This show is all the T and all the shade you’ll ever need. If you haven’t watched it, your life just isn’t as good as it could be and you’re not as creatively inspired as you should be. Give yourself a fair shot at LIVING and soak up all the eleganza, fishiness and C.U.N.T. this show offers (every Monday at 9pm on Logo TV – also available on iTunes). Now let’s meet the hometown queens:

THORGY THOR

Thorgy dressed as Lincoln Center.

Thorgy, a classically trained violinist, dressed as Lincoln Center.

Why you should root for her:

-She’s by far the most Brooklyn of either Brooklyn queen, with a steady stream of local performances and a fistful of Brooklyn bars clamoring to claim her as their own.

-You (I) want her to bed you (me). In fact, I have a friend who was once hit on hard by Thorgy and when I was told this news – long before Thorgy was a big TV star – I vowed to never speak to that friend again because our relationship had become nothing more than a constant reminder that until Thorgy also hits on me, I will always be at least two rungs down on the ladder of life.

Where Can I See This Ho:

Metropolitan, 559 Lorimer Ave., Williamsburg, which is hosting a RuPaul’s Drag Race viewing party tonight with Thorgy, including a Q&A sessions afterward ($5 cover, includes free shot)
Lucky Cheng’s, 93 Ludlow Street, Manhattan. She’s a regular waitress there (call ahead and ask if she’s working.) Update: She actually quit, but you can catch her Alotta Stuff!!!, the live thrift clothing auction, at Metropolitan every third Thursday.

You can also regularly catch her here:
This n’ That (TNT), 108 N. 6th St., Williamsburg
The Jane Hotel, 113 Jane St., Manhattan

Strengths:

Eyebrow game
Fashion clown style is major key
Giant mouth

Weaknesses:

Actual dreads (ew)
Questionable shade game
Mustard

 

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Thorgy on the Rawr carpet.

Thorgy on the Rawr carpet.

Stand out moment of the season so far: 

In a moment of raw, emotional vulnerability not often seen on this show (outside the Untucked Lounge), Thorgy, sans drag, discussed the death of his mother. The generosity of this insight from Thorgy was truly moving. And while it had little to do with drag, I imagine it actually has everything to do with Thorgy’s drag.

Things you should know:

-It’s pronounced Thor-GEE Thor, with a soft ‘g’ – like ‘orgy’ – as in, “Oh gee! Is that the god of thunder? No, it’s Thorgy. Sigh. I wonder if she’ll ever invite me for an orgy. Because I fink she freaky and I like her a lot.”

-Bitch is a muthafucking classically trained muthafucking violinist. EAT IT!

-She wore a fat suit to a premiere party and looked stunning. Be jealous of her boogy.

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ACID BETTY

A photo posted by Acid Betty (@acidbetty) on

Why you should root for her:

-She a total Heather, so if you’re into that, you found your queen.

-She serves up perfection as a rule and is generally, lookswise, pretty much flawless.

-She wears “couture.” Well, technically, 98 percent of what you see on Drag Race is couture … but you know what I mean, she wears like fancy bitch couture. It’s like haute and shit.

Where Can I See This Ho:

Not in Brooklyn, apparently. If she performs in our borough, it is a very well-guarded secret. (I heard a rumor this bitch is “difficult” so really no one wants to work with her … but that’s just what I heard … on the show … from Thorgy…). But you can catch her at the following cities soon:

Divas of Drag tour in April (various cities)
Roscoe’s, Chicago, tomorrow March 29 (appearing with Thorgy!)

Strengths:

Wigs
Couture
Shady boots
‘Tude

Weaknesses:

Zero comedy game
Lil’ bit predictable
‘Tude

Stand out moment of the season so far: 

Betty’s episode 2 runway look was nothing short of pure sick’ning. This was floor-to-ceiling flawlessness full of ribbons, lace, powdered wig and spikes and all I want is to see her do a death drop in it (not that she’d ever so demean herself … nor should she).

Things you should know:

-She is a self-proclaimed “hybrid drag queen” and only she knows what that means.

-She’s the biggest merch queen the world has ever known. I mean, her website is just pure merch for days.

-You can say “Acid Betty – Oh No She Betty Don’t!” because I feel really confident Ru’s gonna use that line at some point.

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BOB THE DRAG QUEEN

Bob Hearts NY

Bob Hearts NY

(Bob is a Manhattan-based queen, but it felt deeply wrong to leave her out. She completes the trio of NYC queens on this season of Drag Race … it’s not her fault she’s so Manhattan)

Why you should root for her:

-Bob’s show is one of the best live drag shows you’re going to see. She’s hilarious, dynamic and handles hecklers like a master.

-She has more confidence than anyone I’ve seen on this show and it presents as honest and assured as opposed to the megalomaniacal “confidence” we often see on the show.

Where can I see this ho:

Everywhere. To name a few in the coming weeks…

XES Lounge, March 31, 157 W 24th St., Manhattan
Pier 26, June 24, West Street and Hubert Street, Manhattan

Strengths:

HILARITY
Ho can sew
Improv skills for life

Weaknesses:

No. I WON’T AND YOU CAN’T MAKE ME.

Stand out moment of the season so far:

Bob The Drag Queen owned all of episode 3, soup to (these) nuts. The entire episode was Bob’s stand out-moment. Give yourself a gift and watch it.

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Bob rocking a Duane Reade-inspired outfit.

Bob rocking a Duane Reade-inspired outfit.

 

Things you should know:

-Speaking of MERCH! You can buy Bob’s Drag Race runway looks on eBay, y’all. Get into it. (All proceeds benefit Charity For The People.)

-Seriously, go see her prance. You will not regret it. Join her legions of fans (seriously, bitch’s fan base has length AND girth).

-I might have a cameo in one of her music videos with Sherry Vine. I’m not bragging.

RuPaul’s Drag Race airs Monday nights at 9pm on Logo.

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