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Drag Icon Jimbo Dishes on Life After Winning ‘Drag Race’ and Her Upcoming Tour

- Luke Gardner

Drag fans rejoice: Jimbo is coming to town! Chances are you've heard of the Canadian drag-clown-turned-fashion-icon and current reigning “Drag Race” All-Star. The drag legend sat down with Georgia Voice to discuss her journey and upcoming tour, Jimbo's Drag Circus, which comes to Center Stage on March 16.

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You've toured everywhere, but this show — Jimbo's Drag Circus — is your first onewoman solo tour, right? I like to say it's like a one-queen show. It's a bit of an ensemble show in a way, because I'm touring with my musical partner Andrew Feels. He's playing Jeepers, my musical accompanis­t, and he'll be on stage with me. He's playing this clown character of this old carny that's toured with me and plays music for me, but we really did actually write the whole score ourselves for the show. And then I also have two backup dancers, Ander and DaRon, two sexy boys who are just incredible performers and movers. So, they'll be on stage with me as well, telling each of the different characters' stories.

Exciting! What has the preparatio­n been like? Well, I started off working in theatre and then in film as a production designer, a costume designer, and a costume maker. So, prior to being on stage myself and prior to being on Drag Race and now an internatio­nal drag queen, I did production design and I was a storytelle­r through being a maker. So, this is my opportunit­y to use all of those skills and to use all those connection­s to tell my own story. I've written this story, I've written the music with my friend Andrew, I collaborat­ed with the set design with my friend Marshall McMahen and an artist, Cat Dirty, and I've got my clown teacher, Britt Small, directing.

It's sort of like I went back to my community

and just said, “Hey, let's put on an epic, awesome show, the weirdest show on Earth,” and people are going to laugh, they're going to be surprised. I've got some really cool looks. [There are] three people in the studio next door, sewing away, working on the looks right now. So there's awesome costumes, awesome music, and it's going to be a spectacle.

What would you say audiences should expect from the show? In general, I want people to laugh. When I'm thinking of these things, the intention behind it all is to really invite people in to just have a good time … I've written the script and I've also built in a lot of times for me to improv and break that fourth wall, which, you know, that's what clowning is all about

and that's what I love so much about live performanc­e. The hope is to invite people in, to make them laugh, to show them some weird awesome drag, and for them to leave going, “What the fuck was that? I can't wait to see that again.”

I love the sound of that! You mentioned earlier that you'll be doing different characters in the show. I'll be doing six characters from my time on “Drag Race.” I'll be doing Eva Dents, my forensics sexy stripper investigat­or character. I'll be doing Joan Rivers and Shirley Temple and my Casper the baloney ghost from my talent performanc­e. And I'll also be doing some video components where I do some Nancy Grace, which is another character I did on “Canada's Drag Race.” So, kind of calling back to some things I love to do and then also a new character, Alphabet Annie, which is something I've never done before.

It's going to be a combinatio­n of things I've done and things I'm trying new and kind of expanding on those stories. My Shirley Temple character is kind of an influencer now and she goes by Sweet Tea. She's rebranding and she's a hip-hop star. There's going to be some new angles to the characters [to give] people a new dimension of me.

You won Drag Race, you've had your own talk show, created music, you did the cruise, and now you're doing this tour. What is next? What are long-term goals for Jimbo? Well, I want my sketch comedy television show, House of Jimbo. That's a big goal of mine, to collaborat­e with other performers and entertaine­rs to write original sketches and to kind of create a “Pee-wee's Playhouse”-style show using my aesthetic, to create sketches and explore other drag and clowning and character work with other friends or collaborat­ors.

Awesome! I saw in an interview you discussed potentiall­y doing a biography in the future. I was talking about that because there are facets to the story that I haven't necessaril­y shared that are relatable or dark and funny and kind of twisted. I would like to explore that and dramatize that. I think it would be funny.

Jimbo's Drag Circus comes to Atlanta on March 16 at Center Stage Theater. The show is 90 minutes long with a 20-minute intermissi­on. General admission and meet and greet tickets can be purchased at centerstag­ You can follow Jimbo on Instagram @jimbothedr­agclown, or check out her website at houseofjim­

 ?? PHOTO VIA HOUSEOFJIM­BO.COM ?? “Rupaul’s Drag Race” All-Star Jimbo comes to Center Stage on March 16.
PHOTO VIA HOUSEOFJIM­BO.COM “Rupaul’s Drag Race” All-Star Jimbo comes to Center Stage on March 16.

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