Words Crystal Lubrikunt Photography Eric Magnussen Creative Artwork Molokid
It’s a humid-as-hell afternoon in Downtown Los Angeles, and after a chicken ’n’ waffles breakfast Alright Darling chilled out on the sofa with upcoming queer-comedy starlet and breakout star of The Boulet Brother’s DRAGULA!
Hey Meatball! How are you doing today?
I’m doing great! Had a great day, I had fried chicken so it’s always a good day.
How’s life been since the first season of DRAGULA aired on Hey Qween TV?
It’s actually been kind-of insane how well-accepted my drag has been, we just wrapped RuPaul’s DragCon and it was overwhelming when it came to the amount of people that recognized me and wanted to talk to get to know more about me.
Speaking of wanting to know more about you, how did Meatball take shape originally?
Meatball came around 2 years ago when I had just experienced a pretty bad break-up and I was watching a lot of RuPaul’s Drag Race, I downloaded all of the seasons and watch it all, it felt like a great way for me to express my comedy, to perform. She was birthed out of that low point.
Meatball has played a huge part in your stand-up comedy, how did the two paths of drag & stand-up come together?
Right now my stand-up comedy career is non-existent because the drag has fully taken over, but before I broke my hip I was touring with my stand-up comedy as Meatball, it really allowed me to free myself up onstage and not really question myself or my own jokes as much, because you’re doing it through a character. It’s not actually me so I can say whatever I want and get away with it.
In stand-up and within the world of drag who are your top 3 inspirations?
As a comedian my top 3 inspirations would be Sarah Silverman, Maria Bamford and probably Trixie Mattel! And as a drag queen my inspirations are the comedy queens like Willam, Katya and again Trixie Mattel. They’re like the best comedians ever.
How do you feel about political correctness within the comedy community?
It’s out of control, a lot of jokes just get squashed or people get attacked for saying something off-the-cuff, I do think that there are certain subjects that we cannot approach and that should not be made fun of, I definitely don’t like the use of the N-word at all, ever. But politically I think we need to give up a lot of the PC stuff, and we need to talk more about what’s going on in our country and no one is doing that, people are just busy being complacent and doing whatever. I think through art - like your number, the Nasty Woman one - or when Vander Von Odd tackled that Trump doll, they’re making statements, big and bold but I think we can do even more.
Do you have any future projects coming up we should know about?
Just no, I’m garbage just look at my YouTube and follow me on Instagram! @SpiciestMeatball as my story is fire, it’s always lit!
So meatballs traditionally are found within a 3-meatball sandwich so if you could have two others joining you within a succulent sandwich, who would they be?
Be in my lil meatball sandwich?? Um like anyone!? Hmm… I would definitely have Billy Eichner from Billy On The Street just because I think we would yell at a lot of people together and that’s one of my favourite things. And John Waters because he’s such an inspiration and I just want him in my life!
Thank you so much for talking to us Meatball!
No thank you! NOW GET OUT OF MY HOUSE!