Doing this show, there were a few times where I have stopped myself and gone, ‘can I say that?’ I was beginning to censor myself because of this new expectation on me. Proof of how the mainstream can bland-ify. So I have made a conscious decision not to think about that anymore. If I want to talk about semen, or Venezuelan guys who have left their children behind and are gay for pay, I have to tell that joke. It’s part of my job description.
I never make a silly joke thoughtlessly. If I make a joke about HIV, I’m making it for a purpose. People assume I said something to get a cheap laugh, that I am unaware of the gravity…but that’s never the case. I always think about the atmosphere I’m creating. If you are sensitive about being gay or straight or trans, a drag show is not the place for you. The humour comes from a place where we are all excluded."