Legendary Comedy Queens Set to Conquer Whistler Pride and Ski Festival
Legendary “ladies” Bianca Del Rio, Jackie Beat, Sherry Vine + Varla Jean Merman to debut “Oh Snow She Didn’t” comedy show.
(Vancouver, BC) December 18, 2015 – Four of the most infamous American Queens team up to give a once-in-a-lifetime night of comedy and entertainment at the Whistler Pride and Ski Festival Night of Comedy in Whistler, BC, Canada on January 27th, 2016. Bianca Del Rio, Jackie Beat, Sherry Vine & Varla Jean Merman star in “OH SNOW SHE DIDN’T!” A blizzard of beauty and an avalanche of attitude that will melt your heart,”
These four artists’ combined credits include cabaret and variety show performances, song parodies that threatened to break the internet, recurring appearances on daytime and primetime network television, featured performances on and off Broadway with one even winning season 6 of Rupaul’s Drag Race.
“We are thrilled to be hosting not just one, but four of these incredible ladies, each with their unique comedic style – there’s so much to look forward to!” explains Dean Nelson, CEO and executive producer of Whistler Pride and Ski festival. “We’re so thankful for the generous ongoing support from media partners OUTtv and the Whistler Question and PIQUE that have made this show possible!”
Brad Danks, COO of OUTtv Network, is excited to see these four legendary queens as part of this years top-notch programming “As the home of RuPaul’s Drag Race in Canada, we’re really pleased to see this line-up and know that it’s going to be a night of great entertainment. Dean Nelson and his team do a terrific job with the event!”
Doors open at 7pm for Night of Comedy with the show starting at 8pm at the Whistler Conference Centre. Tickets on sale now starting from $50 CDN* available online or call 1.800.WHISTLER.
Bianco Del Rio says, “Get your tickets NOW because these “seasoned” snow bunnies are going downhill FAST!”
The 24th annual Whistler Pride and Ski Festival is an eight-day winter celebration of diversity both on and off the slopes; combining sports, culinary, wellness and spectacular social and cultural events in the award-winning, international mountain resort of Whistler, British Columbia from January 23-31, 2016. Major event headliners include international DJ/Producers Alain Jackinsky (Montreal), Phil B (San Francisco) and acclaimed hitmaker Yinon Yahel (Tel Aviv) with entertainment by performance artist Flava, country music singer Patrick Masse and burlesque sensation April O’Peel. Additional DJ talent includes Bret Law, Del Stamp, Kitkat, Quest, SOLLORS, Mr. Cox and LandonJames. For information on events, accommodations tikets and passes visit gaywhistler.com
Legendary Comedy Queens BIOs:
Bianca Del Rio, the alter ego of comic Roy Haylock and season 6 winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race, is a self-professed “clown in a gown.” This hilariously hateful comic is known for her foul mouth and unapologetic humor, but her victims hardly have time to feel the sting before she zips on to the next topic. Besides, Bianca is quick to point out that she’s the biggest joke of all. The NY Times calls her “The Joan Rivers of the Drag World,” and Joan Rivers herself called Bianca’s humor “So funny! So sharp!” Based on her sold-out world comedy tour, her first standup special, “Rolodex of Hate” is now available on Vimeo. 2016 will see Bianca busier than ever, with the release of her first feature film “Hurricane Bianca,” a forthcoming nonfiction book deal and the anticipated launch of a new global comedy tour.
Drag superstar JACKIE BEAT has been entertaining audiences across the U.S. and in Europe for over TWENTY-FIVE YEARS with her razor-sharp comedy and hysterical song parodies. Jackie not only warps hits by Britney Spears, Madonna, Mary J. Blige, Christina Aguilera, Cher, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Mariah Carey and many others, but she flawlessly sings her twisted new versions LIVE — hitting every last note. Jackie is a YouTube sensation and has been featured in comedy clubs across the country and on Comedy Central, VH-1 and MTV. Her scathing song parodies have been featured on America’s Top Forty with Ryan Seacrest, The Howard Stern Show, Much Music TV, Yo on E! and PerezHilton.com. She has appeared on many TV shows such as “Sex and the City” and in several movies including “Flawless” with Robert DeNiro, the festival hit “Wigstock The Movie” and the camp cult horror favorite “Gingerdead Man 3: Saturday Night Cleaver.”
Sherry Vine has established herself as one of NYC’s downtown darlings, Sherry also tours the world with her all live singing, comedy shows; performing regularly in Montreal, Berlin, Helsinki, Estonia and Sydney to name a few. Miss Vine is a founding member and co-Artistic Director (with Joshua Rosenzweig and Erik Jackson) of Theatre Couture, and has starred in all of their productions including; the smash sold out hit CARRIE, DOLL, the Off Broadway hit TELL-TALE, CHARLIE, KITTY KILLER, THE FINAL FEAST OF LUCREZIA BORGIA, e.s.p. and THE BAD WEED ’73. Sherry can be seen in numerous films; WELCOME TO NY, WIGSTOCK, THE RASPBERRY REICH, STONEWALL, CHARLIE, SCREAM TEEN SCREAM and FRANCESCA PAGE. Miss Vine got to strut her stuff on Project Runway and has become an international YouTube sensation with her hysterical video parodies that have been viewed over 14,000,000 times! Most recently, Sherry starred in two seasons of a variety show called ‘She’s Living For This’ on Here TV, appeared in the sold-out run of ‘Christmas With The Crawfords’ and wrote, produced and starred in her first film, ‘Just For One Day’.
Jeffery Roberson aka Varla Jean Merman starred in the new musical Lucky Guy opposite Leslie Jordan in NY at the Little Schubert in spring 2011 prompting The New York Times to rave, “If Carol Burnett and Harvey Korman had stood in front of the right pair of funhouse mirrors, they might have resembled Ms. Merman and Mr. Jordan in stature as well as comedic talent”. Jeffery recently completed shooting the feature film Girls Will Be Girls 2012 and Varla Jean and the Mushroomheads. He played the title role of Giancarlo Menotti’s opera The Medium in New York at the Marjorie S. Deane Little Theatre in October of 2012. He guest starred as Varla Jean on Ugly Betty in the final season of the show and was also featured on Bravo’s Project Runway Season 5 as the winning model for the show’s drag challenge. He played the role of Mary Sunshine in the revival of Chicago on Broadway and also made his network television debut on All My Children in the recurring role of lady of the evening Rosemary Chicken. He shared the Outfest Film Festival “Best Actor” Award and the Aspen HBO Film Festival “Best Actress” Award with his costars Jack Plotnick and Clinton Leupp for his featured performance in the cult classic film Girls Will Be Girls (Sundance 2003) directed by Richard Day.