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Thursday 05 September 2019

Review: Bianca Del Rio's New Show It’s Jester Joke @ The Brighton Centre

"I'm back like super gonorrhea!" announced Bianca Del Rio on her return to the Brighton Centre, this week. Just over a year since the American drag queen's last visit to the venue, reviewer Stephanie Keane made her own second outing to witness the 'clown in a gown' in all her sequined glory.  

Forty-four year old Roy Haylock, better known by the stage name Bianca Del Rio, came to promenance after winning the sixth season of RuPaul's Drag Race.

The ultra-talented performer can also boast a CV that includes success as a comedian, actor, and costume designer.

But it's on the stage that Bianca Del Rio excels and waves of anticipation were awash pre-performance at The Brighton Centre, last Tuesday night.

It's tradition for Bianca to bring a support act with her on tour and this show was no exception. 

Wendy Ho is a female drag queen who previously worked at the Trump Organization as an assistant to Donald's daughter, Ivanka.

The self-proclaimed 'fluffer bitch' was a surprise hit with the crowd; thanks to her powerhouse vocals, witty parody songs (I'll never hear Rihanna's hit We Found Love the same way again) and some brazen video accompaniments that shocked and amused everyone in equal measure. 

As Wendy handed us over to our headline act, she thanked us for being a classy audience "and nothing says class like drag on a Tuesday!"

After a brief interval, we were ready for the star of the show

Bianca Del Rio left no stone unturned in her comedic assault. 

She touched on politics: "The only thing worse than Brexit, is Theresa May's dancing" and described President Trump as "a bunch of sewn together foreskin." 

Del Rio's cutthroat approach to comedy is as outrageous as it is hilarious. 

Every hue of person came under fire and, of course, she could make a joke about them because her best friend was of the persuasion of each type of person she was mock-attacking.

Interspersing the hate of others with self-deprecation, she kept us all roaring with laughter. 

The end of set Q&A session, full of content provided by the VIP members of the audience, got the biggest laughs of all. 

With questions that only Brighton could create "would you rather have dicks for fingers or balls for toes?" - and "would you rather fight one Latrice Royale sized Kenya Michaels or 10 Kenya Michaels sized Latrice Royales?" Confusing and delighting our host for the evening. 

As a fan of Del Rio, I was thrilled to see her back in the city and it seems the packed out Brighton Centre audience shared the sentiment.

Bianca's comedy is not for the faint of heart but it is undeniably funny and - don't worry - It's Jester Joke!

Bianca Del Rio tours in the UK and Ireland until 24th September 2019. CLICK HERE for more details.

by: Stephanie Keane


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There Will Be No Intermission is Sussex-bound Amanda Palmer's first solo album in more than six years, as well as being her most powerful and personal collection to date, with songs that tackle the big questions: life, death, grief and how we make sense with it all.

Mystery Jets' new single, Screwdriver - taken from their forthcoming sixth studio album, A Billion Heartbeats -  is an uncompromising look at the rise of the rebranded alt-right in the UK, built around a powerfully positive message: "Fight them with love / then the world will be ours".

“I've learned a lot from making big mistakes,” says Sophie & The Giants' singer Sophie Scott. “When you're younger you think you know how the world works .. but you fucking don't." 

Ralph Pelleymounter's new album, Dead Debutante's Ball, was recorded over ten long days during Britain's hottest summer in decades, and so named “because it's a good title for someone releasing a solo album so late in their career.”
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As part of Heritage Open Day on later this month, newly acquired photographs of David Bowie performing at Brighton Dome will go on display in the venue for the first time.

“This is an album for anyone who's ever turned to music in a time of crisis, whether personal or political. It's about the solace one can get from listening to music or playing music when everything else has gone wrong. It's about finding kernels of hope and renewal in dire situations.”
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Jason Donovan is about to take his first steps in the role of producer, when the new production of Priscilla Queen of the Desert visits Theatre Royal Brighton, later this year.

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Femme Fatale, the imagined meeting between activist Valerie Solanas and singer Nico, asks what might have happened if two female visionaries with very different methods had locked horns. 

Bestselling author Bill Bryson brings his combination of sharp-eyed humour and depth of knowledge to a celebration of his new book, The Body: A Guide for Occupants, at Charleston, East Sussex, this autumn. 

Actor Liza Goddard tells us about starring in Oscar Wilde's A Woman of No Importance - coming to Theatre Royal Brighton - and looks back on her eventful career.

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