The Drag Roast of Heklina – debuts on Revry, February 1, 2019
Revry presents THE DRAG ROAST OF HEKLINA featuring a talented dais of roasters including noted LGBTQ celebrities, Alaska Thunderfuck, Jackie Beat, Jinkx Monsoon, Bob the Drag Queen, Sister Roma, Julie Brown, and Peaches Christ. Watch as a panel of iconic drag superstars and comedians grill drag legend Heklina.
Heklina is an American actor, drag queen, and entrepreneur in San Francisco who founded Mother (formerly Trannyshack) in 1996. Heklina is half-Icelandic and is named after the Icelandic volcano Hekla.
Heklina co-founded Trannyshack, and hosted the show from its inception in 1996 at The Stud bar and continues to host the special events throughout San Francisco and in many other cities across the country. Mother/Trannyshack is the longest running drag event series in San Francisco. On January 17, 2015 at The Oasis nightclub, Trannyshack was rebranded as Mother, evolving from a monthly to a weekly event series.
The Oasis, a theater and cabaret nightclub located in San Francisco’s SOMA district, hosted a grand opening event on New Year’s Eve day 2014. Heklina and three business partners, D’Arcy Drollinger, Geoff Benjamin, and Jason Beebout, signed a deal to purchase the former Oasis nightclub in October 2014. The nightclub’s diverse programming features drag stars, cabaret and performing artists, live musical acts, and DJs. Lineup and tickets at sfoasis.com
With The Drag Roast of Heklina, we wanted to honor one of San Francisco’s most well-known drag queens. Heklina has been doing drag for over 20 years and is well known for her influence in San Francisco’s LGBTQ community, whether it be through Mother, her parody shows, or her landmark venue The Oasis. In order to provide her with the honor she deserved, we gathered some of her closest friends and esteemed colleagues to roast her in a night she’ll never forget.
Throughout our career, we’ve worked in various capacities with a range of drag queens and comedians. After the success in recent years of celebrity roasts, and in the increasingly high-stress and polictically-correct atmosphere we live in, we wanted to bring the genres of comedy and drag together to bring some levity to the world. Underneath the shade that most people associate with drag queen humor, there is a deep bond of friendship and sisterhood. With the Drag Roast series, we wanted to showcase how drag can not only entertain, but also help us face reality and deal with it, through cruel, harsh and tasteless jokes.
Stream exclusively on Revry as of February 1st, 2019
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Bryen Dunn is a freelance journalist with a focus on travel, lifestyle, entertainment and hospitality. He has an extensive portfolio of celebrity interviews with musicians, actors and other public personalities. He enjoys discovering delicious eats, tasting spirited treats, and being mesmerized by musical beats.