While RuPaul’s Drag Race has made well over 100 drag performers celebrities — in some sense of the word — in front of the camera, it’s also turned a few of them into power players behind the scenes. From Shangela’s ideation of the popular Werq the World tour to Raven doing Ru’s own make-up, these performers are helping to influence drag in ways that might not be immediately apparent. The one to know about in the comedy sphere: Bob the Drag Queen.
The New York-based comedian who is set to appear on HBO’s upcoming unscripted series We’re Here, recently revealed she’s been writing jokes and helping some of our favorite drag queens while maintaining a career of her own.
“I produce content for a few people, actually, between Peppermint and Marti Gould Cummings and different local queens in New York City,” the season 8 winner told me in a recent interview in The Advocate. “Sometimes I write for other drag queens.” The performer went on to specify that, for now, that work is only within the drag world, but that it's “a lot more than people would think.”
Remember Naomi Smalls’ performance as Wendy Williams in the All Stars Season 4 Snatch Game? Yep. Bob coached her through it. Did you see Ginger Minj or Trinity The Tuck in the Haters Roast Tour? No?! Well, Bob wrote those sets. Monet X Change on The X Change Rate? Yep, our favorite jokester helps her “punch up jokes” for that show. At this point, Bob The Drag Queen is drag's Mother Teresa, just with a better wig and slightly taller.
But don’t get it confused, this is not charity work. Though Bob helps Monet for free because they're best friends, the other performers have to pay coin for her expertise.
“These bitches are giving me money,” she said. “I’m not writing for these hoes for free.”
A performer after Ru’s own heart.