The return of the Jinkx and DeLa Holiday Show, live – review


Jinkx Monsoon and BenDeLaCreme. (Jiji Lee)

The return of the Jinkx and DeLa Holiday Show, live, saw again.

Here’s the thing – I’m not a Christmas gay. The day itself is great, I pray at Saint Mariah’s altar all year round, but for the most part I can accept anything “festive”.

So why, you might be wondering, did I agree to review The return of the Jinkx and DeLa Holiday Show, live? Aside from the chance to see two of the best live drag artists in the world, I thought if anyone could convert me it would be Jinkx Monsoon and BenDeLaCreme. And do they have?

In short, no. But in fact, I learned, that is not the subject. You see, like me, Jinkx Monsoon sees through all the Santa con – the forced fun, the howling capitalism, the fact that Santa is some sort of pub ** k. She’s the perfect nod to DeLa’s healthy (but incredibly conscious) camp as a Christmas decoration. Throughout the show, the duo swap musical numbers pleading for and against the holidays, coming together for an irreverent, often surreal ensemble that, at a full two hours, still manages to make you want more.

It’s camp, it’s rude, it’s the height of party fun and a rallying cry for the destruction of capitalism all in one, delivered with aplomb.

The return of the Jinkx and DeLa Holiday Show, live plays in Birmingham, England on November 23 before continuing to Canada and the United States in November and December.

Tickets for Portland, Boston, New York, Denver, Phoenix and Seattle are available from Ticketmaster and Strait of Ticketweb. Other dates can be purchased at website here.


Kenneth T. Shippee