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Catch the Jackie Beat!

by Robert Nesti
EDGE National Arts & Entertainment Editor
Thursday Mar 31, 2011

Jackie Beat has been called the Queen of YouTube due to the popularity of her numerous video parodies of pop songs by such pop divas as Gaga, Katy, Britney, Madonna, Mariah, Cristina and Cher. But unlike many of the new generation of drag queens (thank you RuPaul!), she sings live - no lip-synching for her!

The LA-based drag queen ruled the New York scene for years before heading west. Her cabaret show played an unprecedented 18 months at the Manhattan nightspot Fez and her annual holiday show is one of the most anticipated of the season.

You may recognize her from appearances on Sex and the City and such films as Adam and Steve, Flawless and Wigstock The Movie. She’s appeared off-Broadway, opened for Roseanne in Vegas, performed on countless cruise ships, performs in Ptown for two months every summer, and is the lead singer for the popular electro-rock band Dirty Sanchez, who toured with My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult. Their debut CD on Hypnotic Records is available in stores now.

Roseanne called her "the greatest drag queen on Earth." The Village Voice has written that Beat "is a trained theater actress, but no amount of training could make a person this talented, this witty, or this scathing. The show should just be called ’Jackie Beat is a F**king Genius.’" And in reviewing one of her shows, the LA Weekly said "Jackie Beat is superb. Rippingly funny... Equally hilarious and oddly moving. A polished performer, her wigs and costumes reveal rather than mask."

Even the august New York Times offered an opinion - a warning, actually: "Some small children may be frightened."

It is doubtful that they’ll be any small children in the audience this weekend at Machine when the LA-based drag legend comes for two shows, April 1 and 2, at 8pm. (click here for more information.)

While Beat has appeared in virtually every city - from Ptown to Seattle - she’s yet to do her cabaret show in Boston. (Her Boston appearance is produced by the Gold Dust Orphans.)

EDGE spoke to Beat recently about her career, her upcoming show and the new popularity of drag.

Expect to laugh

EDGE: Have you played Boston before?

Jackie Beat: Not a full cabaret show like this. Needless to say, I am VERY excited!

EDGE: What can Boston audiences expect in your show?

Jackie Beat: First and foremost, they should expect to laugh. That, after all, is my job. I need everyone to check their sensitivity at the door because I intend to "go there!" I am doing a new parody of Cyndi Lauper’s "True Colors" about a minority within a minority -- it’s called "Jew Coloreds." I also do Bryan Adam’s classic ballad "Heaven" as "Seven" and no, it does not refer to size, but rather age. A man got up and stormed out during the song in New York City! Do you how difficult it is to offend the community that invented double fisting!? I was so proud! So please, if you have "irony poor blood" you may want to sit this one out and stay home and watch Glee.

EDGE: How do you think the crowds in the Northeast compare to the West Coast?

Jackie Beat: I love everyone -- who pays. Seriously, I have not found much of a difference between audiences anywhere. People are people and they all just want to laugh at songs about poop. Hey, it bought me a house!

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