Bob The Drag Queen is Writing Jokes For Some of Your Favorite Queens

In These Dark Times, Bob the Drag Queen Is Here With the Laughs You Need

Bob The Drag Queen is Writing Jokes For Some of Your Favorite Queens

“I’m really kind of struck at how normal it’s gotten,” says Bob the Drag Queen, referring to this present mindset that the world is seemingly on fire around us. During a phone interview from her home in Washington Heights, Manhattan, she’s discussing her now-typical daily routine. “I’ve been in my house for three months, leaving only to get food, go for walks, and go to the protests.”

Between the double pandemic America and the world are currently facing — the global health scare of COVID-19 and the ongoing fight for Black lives — it may seem there’s no place for comedy.

But with a slew of projects featuring RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 8 winner Bob the Drag Queen currently floating around cable television, premium TV, VOD services and podcast platforms — all of which feature Bob’s hilarious quick wit and knack for insightful observational humor — it’s clear that, in 2020, comedy may be just what the doctor ordered.

Just confirmed to receive a second season, HBO’s first-ever “reality show,” We’re Here, has proven to be a hit, and not just among LGBTQ audiences.

In the weekly series, Bob the Drag Queen joins fellow Drag Race alums Shangela Laquifa Wadley and Eureka O’Hara for a road trip through Middle America, bestowing confidence on small-town queens and putting parents in drag, all in the vein of a more fabulous version of Queer Eye‘s Fab Five.

If you haven’t yet watched the show, which debuted in April, just be prepared: you’ll laugh (often at Bob’s slick one-liners), you’ll cry, you’ll feel all the feels.

Three years ago, with the release of comedy special Suspiciously Large Woman, Bob the Drag Queen made clear that her talents surpass the art form of drag alone.

Sure, on Drag Race Season 8 she was lauded for a hilarious Snatch Game performance — impersonating not just one celebrity, but two, with a double-teamed portrayal of Uzo Aduba and Carol Channing — but stand-up comedy is a beast not slayed easily by most who attempt it.

Bob, though, is a natural, made all the more obvious by a second comedy special, Bob the Drag Queen at Caroline’s NYC, recently made available to stream on iTunes. (Watch the trailer for that comedy special here.)

And on top of those huge projects, you can also find Bob the Drag Queen helping hairy fathers tuck their junk on the MTV series Drag My Dad, recapping the current season of Drag Race All Stars on VH1’s digital series The Pit Stop (watch an ep below), and podcast-partying with best friend, touring partner and fellow Drag Race winner Monet X Change on Sibling Rivalry.

From Drag Race contestant to comedy queen mogul in four short years. Not bad, eh?

To discuss some of these current projects — and the current state of the world — Hornet recently sat down for a phone convo with Bob the Drag Queen. Here’s how it went:

HORNET EXECUTIVE EDITOR STEPHAN HORBELT: I wanted to ask you about a tweet that you posted about a week and a half ago. I loved it.

You say it’s no longer acceptable for people to be “just not political” anymore, and I think we’ve all probably encountered that person.

Do you think the tide is finally changing, maybe even since you wrote that tweet a week and a half ago?

BOB THE DRAG QUEEN: Do I think the tide is changing? I mean, I think the tide is definitely changing a lot.

I mean, we have all four of George Floyd’s murderers arrested, they’re reopening Breonna Taylor’s case, Minneapolis has started reappropriating funds from the police department, Andrew Cuomo is initiating a new bill called the “Say Their Name” bill, trying to get it passed. So there’s just a lot. People are hearing us, you know what I mean? It’s not falling on deaf ears.

«I'm just not political» is so over. That time has passed. We need to hear your voices now. While you «find your voice» black people are being killed everyday. EVERYDAY. Trans people are being murdered back to back. It doesn't have to be poetry. Just sat it. BLACK LIVES MATTER.

— Black Lives Still Matter (@thatonequeen) May 28, 2020

HORNET: And I’m curious … all of the queens who find themselves on Drag Race end up with these huge platforms. Have you had to have that conversation — that “no, you can no longer be ‘just not political’” — with any fellow queens?

BOB: Yeah, I’ve had talks with a couple of them, answering questions about why it’s important to say “Black Lives Matter” and why silence is violence, and how saying “I’m just not political” is actually more damaging to Black folks than it is helpful. So I’ve had to have some really uncomfortable discussions.

HORNET: Switching gears a bit, I want to say congrats on getting a second season of We’re Here.

BOB: Thank you!

HORNET: I love the show. Any idea what we can expect yet from Season 2? Any changes in the format, anything that?

BOB: We don’t even know yet. We just got the news ourselves, and then we released it to the world maybe a day or two later. So I don’t know yet. I mean, I’m also wondering when we’re going to be able to start shooting again, what with quarantine and everything going on. I mean, New York literally just entered Phase 1 yesterday, I think.

HORNET: I love the show because I feel so often the message around LGBTQ people in mainstream entertainment is about changing other people’s minds about us. But We’re Here was really not that at all. It kind of flipped the script and was about empowering LGBTQ people. I thought that was a really powerful message. Was that always part of the plan going into the show?

BOB: People were nervous before [the show premiered] that it’d be some sympathy piece for people who are bigoted. And I’m really glad the show’s not that, that the show’s actually taking things to task and really … I’m really just so grateful that this show truly highlights underrepresented voices and amplifies them in a really great way.

HORNET: I hadn’t realized that We’re Here is the first quote-unquote “reality show” that HBO has ever done. That’s huge.

BOB: Yeah, I’m honored. I can’t even. I mean, for example, we just got nominated for a Critics’ Choice Award. I’m a little Black queer kid from Columbus, Georgia, who was nominated for a Critics’ Choice Award. This is amazing.

HORNET: Yes! Congrats again. The other thing I really enjoyed about the show was that it took us to these parts of the USA most of us have never seen, but also never even heard of. Did the fact that you were going to these tiny communities with Eureka and Shangela make things more scary or more exciting?

BOB: Well, I mean, there’s power in numbers. For me, if I was alone, it probably would have felt more scary that way. But luckily I was able to be there with my drag sisters.

HORNET: I was thinking, I’d love to see — maybe for season three, season four — an international version of the show.

BOB: I would love that. I’ve not been, but I would love to take We’re Here to South Africa. I’ve been to South America, Europe, Australia. I haven’t been to Asia or Africa yet. Those are the two I haven’t been to.

HORNET: And maybe a Bob the Drag Queen comedy special in Johannesburg. That would be amazing.

BOB: You know, it’s funny you mentioned that. One of my favorite comedy specials ever is one that Chris Rock did from Johannesburg. Well, he filmed this one special in, , I think three or four different locations, and he cut them all together to make one special, and one of those places was Johannesburg.

HORNET: Speaking of comedy specials, your new special is amazing.It occurred to me while watching it that 10 years from now, a queen who wants to do stand-up comedy will be able to look at you, and you’ll be that guiding light for them, in terms of professional trajectory. Do you ever think about that?

BOB: To be honest, I haven’t really given it a whole lot of thought. Now I’m thinking, “Wow, that’s really cool.” I mean, in terms of stand-up, I have two stand-up comedy specials, which I guess is more than most other drag queens who have stand-up specials. And yeah, I mean, I haven’t thought about that. I hope someone’s inspired by me.

HORNET: Now that we’re in June, it’s of course Pride Month, which has clearly been affected by the pandemic, but also in a lot of cases, Pride has rightfully taken a back seat to the more pressing issue, the fight for Black lives. I think it’s safe to say that this year’s Pride Month is pretty different from years past. What has it been for you to see that transformation?

BOB: Well, watching Pride become really Black-focused, it feels honestly … you feel seen. And it does feel late, but you still feel seen. A lot of people have been asking about when you first start seeing this stuff, and I can’t help but think about all the people, the young queer Black kids this year who will feel ‘part of’ and not excluded.

HORNET: In terms of in-person Pride festivals, those aren’t happening this year. But where can we find you during Pride Month?

— Black Lives Still Matter (@thatonequeen) June 12, 2020

BOB: Well, I’m really excited that this year me and Peppermint are producing and spearheading an event called Black Queer Town Hall, which will be streaming on the GLAAD and NYC Pride pages, while also being simulcast to our page as well. There’s a lot of great talent lined up for it, and it’s a three day event on the 19th, 20th and 21st, to basically celebrate Black queer life, rejoice, mourn the loss of the Black queer lives we’ve lost, and just enjoy the art that we make.

HORNET: I can’t wait. And thank you for taking the time to chat with Hornet. I really appreciate it. Congrats again on the comedy special, and I can’t wait for more We’re Here.

BOB: Of course, my pleasure.

For more info on all of Bob the Drag Queen’s projects, head here, and follow Bob on

All photos of Bob the Drag Queen by Jacob Ritts


Bob the Drag Queen Talks ‘We’re Here’, Stand Up Comedy and Answers the Socialite Seven

Bob The Drag Queen is Writing Jokes For Some of Your Favorite Queens

RuPaul’s Drag Race season 8 champion Bob the Drag Queen won our hearts with his quick wit, fierce looks and ability to take the stage “purse first.”

His post-Drag Race career has kept this New York City queen quite busy. He’s the host of the Drag Race recap series “The Pit Stop”, he and Monét X Change discuss current events and other topics on their podcast “Sibling Rivalry” and he brought families closer together through the magic of drag on “Drag My Dad.”    

Bob, along with Shangela and Eureka O’Hara, visited small towns across the country and helped people discover their inner fabulousness on the HBO series We’re Here, which has recently been picked up for a second season.  And, if that wasn’t enough, Bob’s latest comedy special Bob the Drag Queen: Live at Caroline’s is available to watch on Apple TV and it’s hysterical, filled with stories about her life in New York City and other hilarious musings.

Bob, whose birthday just happens to be today (Happy Birthday!) talks about his many projects and shares how he’s surviving life in quarantine in our exclusive interview. 

Socialite Life: I was so glad to see that you’re still hosting “The Pit Stop”, and I just watched the episode with Violet Chachki, which was hilarious.

Bob the Drag Queen: Thank you. Violet was really good. Violet’s really not afraid to share her feelings and she’s a perfect guest.

I recall on the last “Pit Stop” for season 12, you said someone else would be hosting. What brought you back?

Well, I actually said that and I knew that I had already been hired to do [All-Stars 5] so I thought it would be a fun thing to be , “Who knows?” (Laughs) It’s been really good for me during the quarantine and my creativity with all of this online content. I’m actually really enjoying it a lot.

I’m so glad, because I almost had a heart attack when you said you weren’t going to be hosting anymore.

But how exciting was it when you came back and saw me?

I was overwhelmed! So, congratulations on the second season of We’re Here. I don’t have HBO, but I did get to see the premiere on .

Thank you! You know, on HBO Max, they give you a free week to try it out, so you can binge-watch. You’ve got to have a friend who has HBO Max account, you can hang out at their house!

I will, and I will bring a mask! What was your reaction when you found out the show was renewed?

I mean it was really exciting, we got a Zoom call from the creators and producers of the show. The short answer was it was overwhelming. I’m a little queer kid from Columbus, Georgia and this was huge for me.

What are you hoping to achieve in season 2?

Well, with the first season, we were able to share so many stories and we wanted for a lot of people to be able to look at the show and see a reflection of themselves in one way or another and to also expand that to give more people a chance to be seen.

And will Shangela and Eureka also be back for season 2?


What was your favorite moment from the first season? 

Hands down my favorite moment was definitely Nate’s performance in Farmington, the Sia number. It was just so good. I was so proud of Nate.

In addition to We’re Here, “Sibling Rivalry” and all of your online series, your comedy show from Caroline’s was recently released and it’s hilarious.

Thank you, I’m so proud of it.  

What was it to perform at such an iconic comedy club?

It’s the world’s most famous comedy club. I actually started doing Caroline’s a long time ago. Not “a long time ago,” that makes it sound I’m 90 years old. It’s actually been about 12 years ago I performed at Caroline’s.

And at the time, I was this baby queen and they thought I was really funny and I remember thinking to myself that I would to do my second special here because my first special was in a nightclub they transformed into a theater.

Caroline’s was the first club I performed in.

Where do you get your inspiration to do comedy?

Well, I’m really inspired by my Mom, as you saw in my special, a lot of my family and growing up. I’m also really inspired by Chris Rock and Wanda Sykes. They’re amazing. 

Which came first, comedy or drag?

I started writing comedy when I was 18 or 19 years old but I hadn’t actually gotten on stage and performed until my first time in drag. So, my first night in drag performing was my first stand up performance.

Do you enjoy doing comedy more than drag (or vice versa)?

It depends. There are some nights where my comedy is so funny and I’m so proud of myself and there are some nights when I do a lip-sync show and I’m thinking, this is great. But you can’t really say that when I’m doing comedy, I’m not doing drag. I am still doing drag. Drag isn’t a performance piece in and of itself.

What advice would you give people who want to do stand up themselves?  

Try to get as much stage time as possible. Getting on stage and telling your jokes is the best way for people to understand your perspective.

And write what you know…

Yes. My first thing I ever wrote was a rant about everything I hated.

Is “Drag My Dad” coming back?

I’m hoping so. We had our second season shut down because of the coronavirus.

You’ve been involved in a lot of activism lately, including the Black Queer Town Hall this past weekend. What would you say to someone who has never participated in a protest or a march? How important is it to get involved?     

Well, I think it’s important to be involved. Honestly, I don’t favor any form of activism over another. If your thing is being on the internet, that is powerful. The internet has a really strong presence.

It’s part of what makes the protests and marches happen in the first place. They’re organized by people on the internet.

They’re making sure it happens, making sure the word stays out there and being our eyes and ears the whole time.

There are people who work in legislation who are protesting that way. There are people who are protesting in their own homes, talking to their family and friends about racism. All of those things matter. If you can’t make it to a protest because you’ve got agoraphobia or for whatever reason, I’m not going to discredit any form of protest.

Moving on, who’s your favorite on All-Stars 5?

Shea Coulee is dominating the game. Period. Point blank, she’s really massacring it.

I know, it seems she’s got this in the bag.

Baby, that’s when you make a mistake of watching RuPaul’s Drag Race, especially All-Stars. Everyone swears they know how it going to end, and then you watch and you realize that these queens are wild. All-Stars is not Drag Race. It’s a whole different ball game.

Is All-Stars something you’d be interested in doing?

I had a lot of fun doing RuPaul’s Drag Race and if the opportunity arose, I would strongly consider it.

Bob Answers the Socialite Seven: Quarantine Edition

How are you doing during lockdown?

I mean, I’ve been a lot of things. I’ve been everything from excited to inspired to defeated and sad as I’ve ever been and as happy as I’ve ever been. It’s been three months, so I’ve been feeling a lot of things.  

What do you miss most?

Live shows. I miss performing in front of an audience, for sure.

Are you binging any shows?

I binged Watchmen, which was great. I’ve been watching Legendary on HBO Max. I am loving that show.

What’s keeping you sane?

Work. Being able to plan the Black Queer Town Hall keeps me sane. “The Pit Stop” keeps me sane.

Do you have a go-to quarantine snack?

Yes. My go-to quarantine snack is soy sauce noodles with a scoop of peanut butter and sriracha. It’s delicious.

Have you learned anything surprising about yourself while on lockdown?

Umm…no, not really. No.

What’s the first thing you’re going to do when this is all over?

I’m hoping the first thing I’ll do is travel to perform a show.

Catch up with Season one of We’re Here on HBO and check out Bob’s new special Bob the Drag Queen: Live at Caroline’s on Apple TV.

“The Pit Stop” and “Sibling Rivalry” as well as Bob’s other web series can be found on . Follow Bob on , , and Instagram.

You can also keep up with Bob (and grab some sweet swag) at Bob’s website



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