With the 11th season of RuPaul’s Drag Race on the horizon, a whole new cast of queens are ready to sashay into the limelight. But alumni like Miz Cracker remain booked and busy while their newest sorority sisters duke it out on national television. After placing fifth on her season, the seasoned comedy queen has kept the ball rolling with her world tours, high-energy comedy and even her own one woman show.
Recently, Cracker finished a 22-city tour in the U.K. for her latest one-woman show, It’s Time. The show touched on her struggle with addiction during her early 20s, with a little bit of “Cracker-brand” comedy sprinkled in. The queen is also currently throwing shade every night on the Haters Roast Tour with Drag Race alums Jinkx Monsoon, Monét X Change, Trinity the Tuck and many more.
As Cracker gets ready for more bookings this year, the queen gave Billboard more details about her upcoming one-woman show, American Woman, and future advocacy projects. Cracker also talked about her run on Drag Race and women’s rights and shared some Alyssa Edwards-certified advice for the season 11 queens.
You’re getting ready to perform your one-woman show, American Woman. How’s that going?
It’s going really great! I’ve done a lot of really tough emotional research into my own family and where women stand today in the world. Right now, I’m putting together the multimedia components to the show. This includes the videos, meeting with designers for the costumes, a whole bunch of things. I promised bigger and better than before, because goddamn it, we’re going to deliver.
What can we expect from the show?
The show is going to be a Cracker-brand show, for sure. It’s going to have high-energy comedy and dance numbers, with a little bit of stand-up to help the medicine go down. I want to make people laugh while we talk about really serious topics. That way, they can store up the information without giving up on the world at the end of the evening.
American Woman is set to only play in New York City right now. Do you plan on taking it elsewhere?
The three to four days in New York are really the launching point. Once we do those showings, we’re going to announce a full tour of the U.S., the U.K., and Australia. We’re not releasing those dates now, but they’re coming up. This little four day thing is just my way of going to my New York City family and being like, “Hey this is what I wanna do for the next year, what do you guys think?” Because if the show can make it there, it can make it anywhere.
What do you want people to take home from this show?
I do really want to emphasize that “American Woman” is about feminism today and what women are demanding. After being allies to queers, it’s time for queers to turn around and give back and be allies to women. Women’s rights is one of the most important topics in the world right now. So as a queen who has a platform, I feel like it’s my responsibility to respond to that a little bit. When I look out in my audience, 90% of them are female faces. So I definitely feel the responsibility to speak about women’s rights because these ladies are paying my god damn bills. And as RuPaul said, I should pay them some mind.
Do you feel that Drag Race has allowed you to talk about these issues on a bigger level than you could’ve imagined?
I didn’t even fully realize it until I was in the UK on a tour bus that was specifically chartered to carry my ass around the world. I really need to acknowledge what Drag Race has given me. This is a dream. I realized that Drag Race has not only connected me with random people, but with women.
Do you think you’d come back for another season?
It’s so tempting to do that. I love reality television and I spent a year living the reality television life. But at some point you kind of have to get to real life and not reality television. So that’s kind of why I’m doing the one woman show because I’m like “ok let me live in the world for a minute.” Maybe one day, if Monét keeps fucking bothering me about it, I’ll give a try again [laughs].
What advice would you offer the season 11 girls on how to handle Drag Race fame and royalty?
Listen, Alyssa gave me just the best advice ever. She said, “Girl [tongue pop] it’s a show. And you are there to give them a show. Whether you’re on for one episode, two, or fourteen, it doesn’t matter. You are now a showgirl. So don’t think about who has what, or what you should have, or what you want. Just come and do what you always wanted to do. Don’t think about anything else.”
What would you say to queens who are interested in competing on the show?
If you haven’t started your audition tape for this season, don’t bother. Start next year’s audition tape, and do a little bit every single day. By the time the application rolls by next year, take one look in your hard drive and you’ll have all of this stuff you just need to edit it together. Bam! You’re done.
Do you have any future plans or projects aside from the show?
My friend Katelyn and I are about to launch two major projects that we’re not allowed to talk about in detail because of safety issues. What I will say though, is that we are going to be using drag as activism. We’re going to use drag and take it into cities in America and countries in the world where drag doesn’t usually appear or is even illegal.
We’re going to be doing this so I can stand with people in those communities and help bring attention to what they’re asking for. The details of that will be announced a little bit later. But everything I’ve been saying about using drag as a tool to create power and equality for queer people and their allies, we’re putting it into action this year.