This summer, it’s all about glitter pumps, batting lashes, and queens hosting fabulous(ish) dinner parties. Or at least he tries. Such is the innovative premise created by creators/producers Neil Patrick Harris and her husband David Burtka of the new Hula Drag-a-ganza, dubbed Brilliant. Drag me to dinner.
The lowdown: In a wall-breaking, cheek-breaking fourth take on traditional reality show competition, two famous drag queens go to a beehive in order to throw it together. the The tastiest “drag” dinner party ever. The winners are crowned with three judges – Harris, the drag star Bianca Del RioAnd Hanifa Wood (Hello tomorrow, tell the truth). The host is none other than a New York City legend Murray Hill“,” The middle-aged man who works hard in show business.
The setting: Each episode revolves around a specific topic, which is uncovered by Burtka, who has been highly influential as a lifestyle expert at Life is a party. Teams will focus on: food and drink, design and decor, entertainment and ‘ambience’. Drag queens walking around on mixers in the kitchen? bring it! At the end of each episode, one duo strutting out with the best “award” in television history: The Glorious Golden Grater. Because, as the show tells us, “It might be a team greatbut the other grater!
MovieWeb caught up with Bianca Del Rio, Murray Hill, and Hanifah Wood for an exclusive interview. Check out the clip above and the interview below.
Here’s a drag queen, there’s a drag queen, everywhere a drag queen
to be sure, Drag me to dinner It’s set to be one messy competition show. It is not meant to be taken lightly. The joke is, well, reality competition shows in general. It is better that he does that From a group of drag queens. And there are plenty of them here – from Jinkx Monsoon and the late Heklina to Jackie Beat and Peaches Christ.
For drag legend Bianca Del Rio (aka Roy Haylock), being a part of the show has been an exciting journey. This fun, larger-than-life drag queen isn’t afraid to shock or offend. She became the breakout star of the sixth season of RuPaul’s Drag RaceThe New York Times once called her “Jones of the Drag World.”
When asked what was the most fun about working with Murray Hill and Hanifah Wood, de Rio quipped, “You know, I didn’t consider myself tall until I stood next to those two, so that was an advantage, number one. But you know, the madness of it all is That Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka did this to their friends, and I didn’t know either of them before, so we instantly became friends.
“It was like ‘Here, come up, get in the studio, be yourself. ‘” Let’s film it, which is a TV show. This is the best thing that ever happened to me, and I’ve been to it to interveneAdded Del Rio – wink. “It was a blast to go to work every day with so many drag queens in one room. good time.”
Honey, just be yourself
Murray Hill has been a staple on the New York City club scene for many years. The actor can also be seen playing Fred Rocco in Bridget Everett’s hit HBO series, somebody somewhere. As shown in life and beth, opposite Amy Schumer. He credits creators/producers Neil Patrick Harris, David Burtka, and Hulu for letting everyone “truly be ourselves.”
We didn’t have to stick to a script or letters or all that stuff.” “We all brought our talent that we’ve been playing in clubs forever into a kind of mainstream setting. Nobody said, “Oh, tone it down. You can’t do this, you can’t do that. The best thing about it is being able to get better with a lot of my heroes and work with everyone. And, you know, I finally got a job.”
Hanifa Wood is quick to note that the show arrives at a perfect juncture. “It’s a good time for a show like this now because of everything that’s going on in the world right now. It’s perfect to see this show highlighting drag queens, fusion and having a good time. Showing fashion and fun. And you don’t have to think too much while watching it. You just need to laugh.” And having a good time. It’s a genius creation. Like, let’s stop taking ourselves so seriously. Let’s laugh with each other.”
Advantages of being dragged to dinner
Not everything is as flexible as planned. For example, Bianca Del Rio “worried” about being a judge. “I don’t know if you know, but I’m such a soft worshiper and I’m so afraid of expressing my opinions, so it was really challenging to, you know, act and perform.”
“I’m kidding,” she gushed. “No, what’s great is having the chance to just go to a party. We had to sit at a party and just have fun, feast, sometimes good food, and enjoy the atmosphere. And at most dinner parties, you usually give your opinion on the ride home.” Likes, ‘Girl…!’ But in this case, we had the opportunity to teach them in real time. Surprisingly, a lot of drag queens are really good. We didn’t see them Bring food, but the taste wasn’t too bad. I am more of a lively girl. I wanted the good vibe to continue. Hanifa was interested in food. So, we worked really well together. We really did.”
As for what viewers will be surprised at, each episode features distinct colorful themes. There is a “Tropical Kiki” game, which is supposed to please island lovers. “20s bitches” and “divorce party” are a trend. What do you not like? We’re talking outright drag queens here – how is that possible no Be anything but fun. Hanifa Wood immediately noticed the camaraderie on set.
“I’m a big fan of drag, so walking around on set every day, not knowing who the drag queens were going to be, was amazing,” said Wood. “I admire most of these women. I’ve been watching these people for many years. Now, I already know them. Some of them are in my phone. I never thought this would be the case, did I?”
“I think people would be surprised that drag queens can do more than lipstick,” Hill noted. “I hope it’s not a shame. You know, we can’t see drag queens talking to each other, making jokes, reading to each other, and we definitely don’t see drag queens in the kitchen. You know what I mean? I’ve never even seen one live in the kitchen in my life.” The show. So, we’ll get to see a behind-the-scenes snapshot of drag queens’ lives.”
Meanwhile, when Wood was asked what was the most exciting thing about that fun for her, the performer was candid: “The most exciting part for me was when the check cleared.”
“Did you get a check?” Del Rio replied.
Hale looked shocked. “Did you get a check? Mine is not clear yet.”
Wonderful experience Drag me to dinner Starting May 31st on Hulu.