In a relatively short period of time, the talented young drag comedienne Jinkx Monsoon has become a force to be reckoned with on the fringe theater/cabaret scene with performances at events and venues all over the city. Her refreshing live performances and startling realistic feminine persona have delighted and confounded night life fans for the last couple of years. (And, I’ll admit, I thought she was a bio girl for quite awhile…the girl is GOOD at what she does, with a sweetly demure facade that belies a devilishly, naughty interior…also, she can knock out a fierce version of Sondheim’s “The Worst Pies in London” reformatted for Seattle audiences.)
Well, the hyper talented Miss Monsoon, (and her creator, actor Jerick Hoffer currently on stage at the Intiman in Seattle Rep’s production of The Threepenny Opera), isn’t content with local stage stardom. The multi hyphenate wunderkind is adding video to her list of conquests with a just premiered video series on the “Funny or Die” website, founded by Will Ferrell. “Monsoon Season” is a new web series the creators describe as a “situation-comedy that follows the day to day life of everyone’s favorite lovably inept drag family.” Mr Hoffer created the series with Nick Sahoyah, who directs and co-stars as Jinkx’s estranged son, KamiKazi Monsoon. The first episode in the series, the two part “The Calm Before the Storm” introduces Jinkx as a rising star in Seattle who’s career is threatened when her long lost adult son Kami shows up to find out why his mother abandoned him in Portland years earlier. The series also features James Knoll as Jinkx’s moochy neighbor/lover James and Stella Rose St. Clair as her theatrical agent, Stella.
It’s pretty funny and worth checking out. Definitely a “Funny” and not a “Die”. We look forward to future episodes of Monsoon Season…hopefully, it won’t be snatched off to a major network where they’ll recast Jinkx with Kirstie Alley and an ignominious fate…Here’s the first episode: