Drag Legend Jackie Beat Kicks Off NEPA DragFest

One of drag’s busiest funny ladies is bringing her one-woman show, “Boner Killer,” to Wilkes Barre’s Heat Bar and Nightclub for its first annual NEPA DragFest this weekend!

Jackie Beat’s show, filled with stand-up and parodies galore, will kick off the festivities on Thursday. Tickets for general admission cost $10 per person, and the 21+ show is at 7 p.m. Afterward, Aida Snatchwell-Stratton will host her Naughty trivia night at the bar. VIP meet and greet tickets with Jackie Beat cost $25.

We had a chance to catch Jackie Beat (fresh off her new collaboration with Willam) for a quick question-and-answer session via email last week. See our hilarious interview below!

Josh: Thanks again for doing the interview! Do you come the east coast often to do shows?

Jackie Beat: I’ll go anywhere as long as they pay me. I think there’s a word for that — Whore! But seriously, I travel all over the country and return to my old stomping grounds, New York City, around three times a year.

JG: What can we expect from your “Boner Killer” show? Are you doing any special during the show for Nepa’s Dragfest?

JB: Everything I do is special! “Boner Killer” is all-new and features lots of politically-incorrect, filthy song parodies.

JG: I love that you have worked with a variety of people, ranging from other beloved drag queens as well as famous actors like Roseanne and Margaret Cho. I was curious who you’ve enjoyed working with the most?

JB: I have enjoyed working with all of them! I kind of have to say that, or one of them might read this and stop hiring me! I learned the most from Joan Rivers. Anytime I’m feeling old I just remember that she was still at the top of her game in her 80s.

JG: When you started doing drag, did you ever think you could become such an icon and inspiration for those following your footsteps? What’s the key to having longevity for a drag career?

JB: Never! I just did it for Halloween once, with a bunch of friends. I think a lot of gay guys do drag just for fun on Halloween. I noticed that I took it a little more seriously than most of my friends. Maybe “seriously” isn’t the right word. I just mean that my drag had more attention to detail and my character was more fleshed-out. Needless to say, once I made people laugh I was hooked!

JG: I’m sure you get this question a lot but do you have any advice for those just starting out in drag?

JB: Yes… DON’T DO IT! I don’t need any more competition!

You can follow Jackie Beat on Facebook and Twitter. Featured photo is from missjackiebeat.com.

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