Thursday, December 24, 2015

Xochi Mochi: Intergalactic Clown

Stating clown drag and outer space as her biggest influences, Xochi Mochi is determined to change how the world views drag. Starting out as a club kid, she also experimented with fishy drag and went through different phases to find out who she was as a queen and performer. A one of a kind aesthetic with a twist and a personality that wins over her audience members, she's sure well on her way to a successful career in drag. 

1. Who is Xochi Mochi? 

Where do I even start with this? Right off the bat Xochi Mochi is a killer clown from outer space, just like the movie! But she’s so much more than just that. She embodies different cultural clowns such as the traditional American White Face, French Pierrot, Japanese Harijuku and sexy interpretations of aliens with combinations of each other to embody a certain look or emotion.

2. When and why did you begin doing drag?

My “drag” started back when I was a wee young gayling many moons ago. At the time I could be labeled as a “Club Kid” because I loved to listen and dance to electronic music, going to the 18+ clubs in outlandish costumes and face paint. Shortly after I experimented with “fishy drag” and looked straight outta Tijuana. Girl, she was your typical Mexican chola turning all the tricks. See, I’ve always been a clown and Xochi has never been an alter ego, but more of an extension of myself. It was never a “why” but more self-expression.

3. Where did you get your drag name?

During my Tijuana phase I wanted the most straight up Mexican name I could think of. Naturally my stoner mind doesn’t work that well, so I went into my straight roommate’s room at the time and asked if he had any sisters and what their names were. He went down the list of many (typical Mexican) and the last was Xochitl and let me tell you... I could hear Mariachi trumpets firing up and the screams of sticky brown children running amuck. It was magic and I knew that was it. Over time I realized how hard it was for most to say it (correctly), dropped the “tl” and this year my dear sister, Dakota D’Vil was the one to dub me “Xochi Mochi” and I’ve been going by it ever since.

4. What inspires you the most?

Outer space genuinely inspires me most. The concept of how infinitely large and small things (in theory) go excites me most. Which segues into how much I love aliens, or the idea of other intelligent life from other planets. Regardless of what I’m going through, in the grand cosmic of things, they really are quite small and petty. So I try to be the best person I can by brushing them off and following what’s most important and exciting to me.

 5. What is your favorite and least favorite thing about doing drag?

My favorite part is when you’re when you’re getting ready makeup, padding, etc and that final moment when I have everything in place and I see Xochi as complete character is my “ah ha” moment and I’ve officially in character.

My least favorite is when queens can’t take a read out of fun and games. I’m notorious for spouting out a couple here and there but I’m always the first one to read myself or play along with the joke. I mean, it’s part of the game! Just have fun and loosen that tuck a little, sheesh

6. If you could work with any drag performer in the future, famous or not so famous, who would you pick and why?

Oh I love this… First who comes to mind is Trixie Mattel cause she’s only clown out there involved more in the joke than the rest of us and contours darker than my eye liner. Bianca Del Rio because slays me beyond death on the mic and Grace Towers because she is the sweetest bearded queen that has a really cool gig going for her.

 7. How has drag changed your life?

Drag has opened so many opportunities, so many friendships and bonds with friends and family. I never thought I would be working with the people I am today nor talking about front lace wigs with my mom!

8. What is your biggest pet peeve? 

Biggest peeve is going on stage or any event without wearing nails or gloves to “hide the boy” or seeing queens do the same. Throw on some huge rings and slap some polish on at the least. I pay attention to the finest details and nothing breaks the illusion more than this!

9. What is your most embarrassing moment during a performance?

I still find my wig flying off the most mortifying! It’s happened 2.5 times and I’ll never let it happen again. It’s best we don’t bring these up… Thanks…

10. What has been the biggest lesson you've learned pertaining to drag so far?

GLUE YOUR WIG DOWN IF YOU WANNA BE SEXY AND WHIP YOUR HAIR AROUND. It’s completely a horrifying comedy because everyone in the audience wants you to succeed and cheering you on while your sisters are waiting to rip you a new one backstage.

11. What would you like to do with your drag career in the future?

TO TAKE OVER THE WORLD AND BEYOND COLLECTING ALL MY FAVORITE CREEPS ALONG THE WAY! No, but really… Ultimately, I want to change people’s perspective – how they view drag (not everyone is fish or glamour) and out of drag (I’m still a boy, living with HIV, who does not let anything prevent me or anyone bring me down from what I aspire to be). I want to star in a few movies and/or tv-shows and when the time comes, I want to pass along the torch and nourish the new generations of drag.  

12. What is the biggest challenge you've faced as a drag performer so far? 

Sewing is still my biggest challenge. I can do makeup all day every day and learn songs in a few days, but ask me to sew a simple leotard and I’m already ugly crying on the inside. I look at my sister Valerie Von Boom and her partner Fuzz who can whip out some of the most elaborate designs in hours and I’m floored. But they’re pretty patient with me when I’m trying to learn something new! They’ve been great sewing masters.

13. What is the "Xochi shuffle" and how did it come to life?

Oh wow! You’ve really done your homework. The “Xochi Shuffle” came to life as soon as Xochi was reborn this year. I upgraded the height of my heels to meet the minimum height I need Xochi to be. It was like taking off your first pair of floatees in the shallow end of the pool. Instead of dramatically sinking I decided to shuffle my way into the deep end. Now I love to strut around in 6-9” heels like a champ. I’ve always been known to be a size queen in and out of drag 😉

14. Tell us about Cosmic Carnival and how did it begin? What other shows do you host?

Cosmic Carnival embodies the true essence of Circus and Carnival Freak show acts. The first with fun, colorful and energetic numbers. The second with eerie, gender bending, live singing acts with gimmicks that laughing your ass off or shielding your eyes in shock. I’m really proud of my main freaks (Luna Lovecock, Valerie Von Boom and Pinche Queen) because they have really helped me build the aesthetic of Cosmic Carnival. Word travels fast because with the new queens I’ve been booking they F*CKING BRING IT and truly put on a show. I sit in the back watching the show with a huge grin on my face. It really started with me co-hosting Divas of the Valley also at Cfrenz every other Sunday. The bar staff saw I had something extra and offered me my own night.

15. What advice do you have for performers who are just starting drag? 

At the end of the day YOU know EXACTLY what you want to deliver whether it be on stage or your overall look for an event. It wasn’t till the day I stopped asking for others opinions on what I should do and took drag into my own hands and started listening to my gut instinct. It was that day I noticed a huge change within Xochi and owned everything I delivered. I’ve hit a few bumps in the road since then, but it’s all experience and you learn so much that way versus someone telling you what to do. To me that’s all the success you can ever ask.

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Monday, December 21, 2015

Pissi Myles Celebrates One-Year Show Anniversary With Special Guest Lady Bunny

            January 9 at L’Etage, Philadelphia 

Philadelphia, PA (December 16, 2015) – It’s been one year since Pissi Myles debuted “What Makes Me Pissi,” a monthly cabaret at L’Etage in Philadelphia. Combining song, dance, comedy, and audience participation, the show is known for its talented, humorous hostess and notable guest performers, and is usually performing to sold out crowds. To celebrate the momentous one-year anniversary, Pissi Myles is gagging to announce her special guest for the January performance, drag superstar, Lady Bunny. Following the show, VIP ticket-holders are invited to attend a meet-and-greet with Lady Bunny and Pissi Myles.

“The drag fans in Philadelphia love PASSIONATELY,” says Pissi Myles, “and it’s rewarding to see familiar faces return each month to my show. I’m honored that Lady Bunny will be lighting up our stage in January. She’s legendary in the drag world and offers true artistry. It will be an amazing show. I hope our guests are ready to be shocked and offended—and not just by the smell of my tights!”

Multi-talented drag artist Lady Bunny is a successful comedian, DJ, actress, singer-songwriter, and most famously the emcee and creator of Wigstock, the day-long festival of drag and music which entertained New Yorkers for over 20 years. Lady Bunny has shared the stage with Joan Rivers, Bea Arthur, Grace Jones, Margaret Cho, and many more. Past “What Makes Me Pissi” guests have included New York’s infamous Bob the Drag Queen, Glam Award winner Marti Gould Cummings, and drag icon Sherry Vine.

Tickets for the one-year anniversary of What Makes Me Pissi with Lady Bunny can be purchased at The show starts at 8pm on January 9 at L’Etage Nightclub in Philadelphia. Doors open at 7pm. A meet and greet will be offered to VIP ticket holders following the show.


Pissi Myles, cycle 4 winner of Philly Drag Wars and Best Drag Hostess at the Beacon Light Awards, is an accomplished comedian and Philadelphia audience favorite. In addition to What Makes Me Pissi, she continues to produce her one “woman” show, Boys Will Be Girls at Albatross Bar in Astoria, NY, and makes guest appearances throughout NYC, Philadelphia, and NJ. For more information, including bookings, images, and video, visit


Lady Bunny is a drag queen, nightclub DJ, promoter, and founder of the annual Wigstock event. Bunny began her career alongside RuPaul, and has appeared in movies such as Too Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar, and Wigstock: The Movie. She’s also appeared on three seasons of RuPaul’s Drag U. She is known for her bawdy mix of potty-mouthed humor, zany, Laugh-In-style joke routines, and x-rated pop parodies. For more information, including bookings, images, and merchandise, visit 

What Makes Me PissiDrag Cabaret with Pissi Myles and special guest Lady Bunny

Saturday, January 9, 8pm (doors open 7pm)
L’Etage Nightclub, 624 Bainbridge Street, Philadelphia, (215) 592-0656 $25 (general admission); $35 VIP (includes meet and greet)
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Saturday, December 19, 2015

Candi Kame-Loudly: The True Definition Of A Queen

Starting drag only a little over a year ago, Candi Kame-Loudly has quickly made a name for herself in her community. Being someone who has dealt with other performers being rude in the past, she's been working on making everyone who works with her feel accepted and included. She is a true queen who shows true hospitality regardless of how people have treated her in the past and she goes above and beyond to show love to everyone and help those who need it. One of her biggest aspirations is opening her own drag club someday and would also love to work with Rupaul's Drag Race powerhouse, Latrice Royale.

1. Who is Candi Kame-Loudly?

Candi Kame-Loudly is the other half of my Gemini zodiac. She was locked away for so many years deep in the back of my mind just waiting to come out and play. Candi is a go getter who is hungry for success and recognition. She loves to inspire people to go after their dreams and to be as fabulous as possible on that journey. She is a true underdog who roots for all other underdogs as well. Because she had such a difficult time being accepted by some of the local Queens in New Haven, she is always more than welcoming to the new Queens on the block and will help create opportunities for them to perform when she can. Candi loves diversity in Drag culture which is something she believes in and is what motivates her to constantly push herself with her look and to try new things. All in all....Candi Kame-Loudly is a reminder to me and hopefully other people that, it's never and will never be too late for living your dreams. 

2. Where did you get your drag name?

My drag name, Candi Kame-Loudly, was the result of a phone conversation/video message with my best friend. When I was in the very very early stages of pre-production of Candi Kame-Loudly. I had the 1st wig I purchased on my head and was feeling my fetus queen oats and it just came out " this is your girl, Candi...Candi Kame...Candi Kame-Loudly ". And that's pretty much how she got her name. And I f*cking love it!

3. When and why did you begin doing drag?

I began doing drag on June 14th 2014. I guess I had always wanted to do drag but was terrified of how I would be treated by family and friends. And probably terrified of how hideous (I thought) I would look. I remember spending a lot of time with my friend Jack who had never watched RuPaul's Drag Race before and was like " Oh gurl, we need to fix that!" and we would make fabulous dinners and watch episode after episode together. But the moment I decided to start drag was when I went to see Jiggly Caliente at The Polo Club (now closed) in Hartford, CT. She is so talented and so beautiful. Watching her perform and getting to chat with her for a little while really is what inspired me to do drag. I love her so much for that experience and I think she is fabulous. 

4. Where did you learn to do your makeup?

I learned to do my makeup primarily on my own. I have watched a few tutorials by Vivienne Pinay in the beginning and then just expanded on my own. Ari Ola of Providence, RI had recommended a few products when I knew nothing and Miz Destiny Nations of Hartford , CT also gave me some tips at that time. Thank you ladies! 

5. How has drag changed your life?

Drag has changed my life in all aspects. My confidence has definitely been boosted since Candi Kame-Loudly burst forth from my mangina. I have learned to be more diplomatic when it comes to conflict. Often looking for the resolve rather than placing the blame. And let's face it gurl, there is a lot of conflict in the world of drag. But I digress, I have become more outgoing and compassionate.
Drag has also changed my life in the realm of friendship and love. If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram I'm sure you see me spouting my love and respect for one of the most amazing people I have ever met via the drag world, my sister and very dear friend, Mia E Z'Lay. Such an amazing person and Candi Kame-Loudly is as fierce as she is because I have such an amazing role model. And I know this answer is getting long but, this is a very important question and the answer is just as if you are still with me...thank you. 

Drag has also changed my life when I by chance met my Drag Grandmother at a charity event, the amazing Brandy Alexander of the Imperial sovereign court of all Connecticut. This wonderful person has shown me such kindness and has bestowed to me the greatest gift of all. My partner and future husband, Johnie Burke. Being a Drag Queen its hard to find someone who is secure within their own self who is aware enough to separate the two entities ( performer and person ) and love them and accept them both equally. I have been so blessed since starting drag and I hope that I am able to pay it forward for someone else someday. 

6. Who are some big inspirations of yours? 

Some of my biggest inspirations have been and continue to be: Mia E Z'Lay, Brandy Alexander, Ari Ola, Destiny Nations, Biana Del Rio, Coco Peru, Ben Delacreme, Raven, Alyssa Edwards, Dandy Lions, Sassie Saltimboca and waaaaayyyy too many more to name. Anyone who really has put in work to get where they are and yet continue to strive for more without being a total bitch about it. 

7. What is your favorite and least favorite thing about drag? 

My absolute favorite thing about drag is the moment when your face is beat for filth and you look kinda disgusting and then you put that wig on...and then BAM! There she is hunny!!! Eat it!! My least favorite thing about drag is having to shave. Being of the bear community, I have to shave a lot more than most people. F*ck my hairy life!!! 

8. What has been your biggest accomplishment so far?

My biggest accomplishment so far has been from in a year being the underestimated booger queen who wasn't treated very nice by my gay "hometown" at pride, to hosting this years New Haven Pride with the legendary, Robin Banks. Actually, I'm proud of everything I have done with Candi Kame-Loudly. Hosting my own drag competition this year, to having my own monthly party, Candiland at Partner's Cafe in New Haven, CT. And of course all of my connections in and out of state. Its really insane and I am so grateful. 

9. Do you have a most embarrassing moment from a performance that you've done in the past?

I have an embarrassing moment from every single time I perform and I honestly wouldn't have it any other way. I'm a 30 something year old man in a wig acting up for tips, smiles and applause. But specifically...on opening night of Candiland, 2 minutes into my opening number , my nipples kept creeping out as my top was slipping down. I went with it and just flashed everyone and kept it moving. Which is what you have to do. Not just in drag but in life. Your wig is gonna fall off...your balls are gonna fly out and sometimes your gonna piss yourself. Its the perseverance that is what's important. Ha ha 

10. Do you ever get nervous before getting onstage? If so, how do you calm your nerves?

The only time I am ever nervous when I go on stage is when the audience has NOT paid a cover charge. I feel like if you have a cover charge, it says " I want to be here and I specifically came to see this show ". In my opinion is makes it much easier to connect when you know they are there for you and not just because it's a bar with no cover. I over come those nerves by reminding myself that I always put together a great line up and if people don't like it because they aren't educated on the various styles of drag..too bad...they didn't pay to get in anyway. 

11. What is something you wish to change about the drag community?

One thing I wish I could change about the drag community would be the way we are 9 times out of 10 underpaid and disrespected by the club/bar we work at. We are your guests and should be treated as so. No Queen should ever be told to "get your sh*t and get the f*ck out! ". Especially after we have just spent the last 4 hours mingling, performing, taking pictures, promoting the establishment we are at and so on and so forth. Maybe we should start a drag union. #sallyfieldrealness

12. Out of all the performers you've worked with, who are you closest to? Why do you think you've bonded with them so well?

Out of all of the performers that I have worked with that I feel closest to would of course be, Mia E Z'Lay. I think we have bonded so well because we have the same sense of humor and we both respect one another's take on drag. She is an amazing performer, seamstress and promoter. I admire her for all of her hard work and I appreciate her hunger for (dick) success. I love you girl!!! 

Having said that, I wouldn't feel right not mentioning my New Haven family, Karelys Blue Rose, Tiana Max, Sylvia Heart and Casey Fitzpatrick. Great people and fabulous performers as well. 

13. If you could perform anywhere in the world, where would you want to perform and why?

It's not so much a specific location, but, I would love to own my own exclusive drag club someday. A club with tables and chairs, a fabulous stage with a theater crew and a gorgeous dressing room where everything a queen needs to feel comfortable would be right there. Since I started drag that has been one of my goals to accomplish. That sh*t would be sickening as f*ck!!! Yaaaaaazzzzz 

14. Which performer do you wish to work with in the future and why did you pick them?

I would really love to work with Latrice Royale. I have heard nothing but amazing things about her and from what I see on television and on the internet just validates all of her praise. I am looking forward to meeting her as soon as possible. Hey girl! 

15. What is something not many people know about you? 

Something that people may not know about me is that I'm convinced I'm not walking the correct way in heels. Seriously, how the hell do these dudes make it look so easy. I'm over here all like...careful..careful..don't are too old to break anything. 

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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Mia E Z'Lay: Life of the Party

With a perfect balance of beauty, camp, and offensive humor, Mia E Z'Lay is literally the life of the party. She spends hours preparing for performances and sewing together her own outfits and has spent a few years working on perfecting her craft. Her brightly colored hair, a one of a kind paint, curves for the gawds, and quick wit is sure to win the hearts of several audience members who witness her performances onstage.

1. Who is Mia E Z'Lay?

Mia is a character that is just an extension of who I am. She is funny, weird, punk, political, and a bit crazy. I want Mia to be funny and colorful, while at the same time showing a punk and political statement. I love the play on gender and creating a character who I can push social boundaries with.

2. When and why did you begin doing drag?

I started preparing to do drag in Fall of 2012. Making hip pads, practicing makeup, etc. I came out as Mia and started drag officially in January 2013.

I’m actually pretty reserved and get nervous very easily beforehand. I wanted to try out drag and I’m also that idiot who believes in superstitions and such. So I told myself if the Mayans were wrong and the world didn’t end 12/21/12 I would become a drag queen.

3. How did you come up with your drag name? 

The first name Mia is based off a character from a Game Boy Advance game called "Golden Sun". I wanted a pun and finally somehow decided on being called Mia Elizabeth Z’Lay, but if you have $20 you can call me Mia E Z’Lay for short. Haha jokes!

4. What is something not many people know about you?
-I’m a power top.

-I have around 40-50 piercings

-I’ve had unnaturally colored hair for about 10 years

One of those is a lie ;)

5. What is the most misunderstood thing about being a drag performer in your opinion?

My humor sometimes. I have very demotivational and offensive humor and sometimes it can be taken wrong. It’s hard for me to fathom the idea. I’m a gay man dressed in female garbs with crazy makeup and hair and I am a loving person. Mia makes offensive jokes towards everyone, similar to Lisa Lampanelli. The jokes are meant to make people laugh, but also think. If we do not look back on our history, we are doomed to repeat it. I think it’s important to talk about social injustices and keep them in our thoughts, even if it’s through a pun.

6. What sort of struggles have you faced being a drag performer?

Issues with my TBI and depression. Drag is a lot of work if you want to do it constantly. I get overworked and overstressed easily, so I try to prioritize and organize as much as I can in order to do shows. Overall, with all the struggles and issues, drag has been wonderful and I have had a lot of positivity come out of it. My grandmother, sister, and my father all come to my shows and it has brought me closer to them.

7. Where do you get your inspiration from?

Divine is a big inspiration. Please refer to my eyebrows! Jessicka Fodera from Jack Off Jill has been a huge inspiration for me.

8. How long does it usually take you to make your own outfits?

O jeez. It depends. I can make a pin up dress or bodysuit in an hour or two. If it’s something I haven’t done or am experimenting with, it can get crazy. I really love sewing so I just kind of dive in and go until I’m done or exhausted.

9. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

I hope to continue to be doing Drag. I also want to expand my abilities in fashion and costuming. So hopefully somewhere filled with makeup and fabric!

10. What is something you wish to change about the drag community and why?

I think that people should do what they can to explore different styles and also know as much as they can. Always growing and improving. Know where drag started, what it means to be a drag family, and constantly evolve. I think it’s important to know how and why you are able to dress up, when some are unable to express themselves.

11. What is your favorite thing about being a drag performer?

The people I meet who understand my weird ways or have taken something I have said or done to help themselves. I have had issues in the past with depression and came out about my suicidal thoughts recently. I got a lot of messages of thanks or people who wanted to talk and share their own experiences. It means so much to me that I was able to help in some way. It’s hard with depression because even in a room full of people who love you, sometimes you feel alone. In the end I want people who feel the same to know that it can and will get better.

12. How long does it take you to get ready for a typical performance?

I can do my makeup in about 45 minutes to an hour or so, normally before a show. I usually pack for the show the day before, as to not forget things. If I pack before doing makeup I usually forget corsets and important things.

13. What is your favorite number you've ever done? Any specific reason?

My favorite numbers are either my Workout Mix or doing Don’t Cha. Workout is a number where I tell a story of being overweight and just wanting to fit in, but dealing with struggles of constant exercise and diet to no avail and in the end I take my shirt off to reveal my fat gut and finish the song going nuts and accepting my weight and body for who I am. Don’t Cha is also really fun because I act a hot mess while in very revealing clothing. It’s a funny idea to think that don’t cha wish your girlfriend was hot like me when I’m a trainwreck, but at the same time the cheers and applause are for me for me and not for being the ideal body or weight.

14. You're stranded on a completely deserted island, what 3 things would you need to have with you if you could choose?

The Sims 3 with all the trimmings, Dark Chocolate, and my Jew gold.

15. What is the best advice you could give someone just starting as a drag performer?

Don’t stick to one style. Don’t follow the crowd. Don’t settle for good or pretty. Always believe in yourself and strive to improve and move forward constantly. Also, buy one of my shirts at

It won’t help with drag, but I love shameless promotion!

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