Creatures of the Dark: The Boulet Brothers are heading to Australia

Super monsters and reality hosts the Boulet Brothers are making their Australian debut next month along with RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 9 contestant Kimora Blac.

The drag duo and power couple are already icons on the US drag scene, making their mark on the international circuit with their highly successful web series Dragula where they sought out America’s first drag supermonster – celebrating the ghoulish, the monstrous and the beautiful diversity of drag artistry.

We caught up with the pair to find out what will be emerging from the crypt in the recently announced second season of Dragula, and what kind of antics they will bring to the Perth stage.

Dragula was such an incredible web-series – what characteristics make for the best drag monster? What do you look for in a drag artist?

Thank you! We look for several things in a drag supermonster, and they are all dualistic. For example we like them to have star quality and be professional and finished, but still retain a rebellious, punk attitude.

We also want them to be self starters and ambitious, but remain loyal to us and the brand as a whole over themselves. They also need to be scary, fierce, and fearless, but campy and fun at the same time. It’s a tall order to fill!

It was so refreshing to see alternative drag artists being rewarded for taking risks on your show – do you think drag has become to homogeneous in the world of RuPaul’s Drag Race?

Drag Race is a pioneering show that has elevated drag and broken a lot of boundaries, and Rupaul is an icon. We are friends with a lot of the guys who make the show, and we love them. They are just trying to make their show work and make money doing what they love. It’s a business. It’s not some master plan to warp drag, it’s just getting bigger and of course the by product of that is that it’s going to change the game.

Now that being said, we as the Boulet Brothers grew up in pure, expressive alternative gay nightlife – the kind of places where drag was born. It was not safe, it was not made for children, and it was gay as hell. That is the sort of drag we are interested in and want to elevate.

We want to bring the drag skeletons out of the closet and put them in front of the world loud and proud, and we want to entertain our queer community. We want to have fun, and we want our homo brothers and sisters to have a good laugh and have a good time watching their peers. Money and acceptance are not our ultimate goals in life.

Also, it would be a mistake to put the responsibility of representing an entire art form on the shoulders of one company or one TV show. When you are defining a culture, it’s important to have multiple voices. No one voice can own or define drag – drag belongs to the community as a whole.

You’ve just announced season 2 of Dragula – what can we expect from the second round?

A wider casting net, a bigger budget, a longer season, and much more mayhem and insanity. We are so excited to share it with you all!

Who are your personal drag inspirations/icons?

So a lot of our drag inspiration comes from fantasy characters. Villains from cartoons in the 1980’s, comic book villainesses, and video game bosses.

We draw some inspiration from classic gay movies like Sunset Boulevard, The Wizard of Oz, and Mommie Dearest too. I mean when it comes down to it, we are just two evil, rich white ladies hellbent on corrupting the world (and looking exquisite while doing it).

Do you have any other projects on the horizon?

Sherry, the last thing we need is another project. Between producing and hosting your own reality show, having a huge weekly event in Los Angeles, and traveling / performing around the world, we are pretty occupied at the moment. (Our weekly homo party palace and eight show Queer Spectacular “Queen Kong” was voted the best gay club in Los Angeles this year by the LA Weekly).

What can Aussie audiences expect from a Boulet Bros show?

We are so excited to come and play with you all! They can expect to laugh and have a good time at our show. We’re going to bring some magic and camp from Dragula, and just get to know everyone and party with them all. I hope they like to drink!

The Boulet Brothers and RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 9 star Kimora Blac will be appearing at The Court Hotel on Thursday July 6th. Tickets and more information available from Eventbrite.

You can also check out season one of The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula on YouTube on the Hey Qween channel.

Leigh Andrew Hill

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